Championship Central | Final Results
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UConn men’s track & field team placed fourth at the 2018 American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship, finishing the weekend with a total of 93.5 points. UConn had seven all-conference finishes over the weekend highlighted by junior Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) who captured the gold in the triple jump.
Houston captured their fourth-straight conference title, besting the field with 139 points. Memphis took second with 107 points, edging out conference newcomer Wichita State in third with 103 points.
“All in all, we didn’t leave a ton of points out there for a very young team,” stated head coach Greg Roy. “I thought we were ok this weekend but we just have to keep getting better.”
“Give Houston credit, they are a heck of a team. Wichita State was a handful as we expected and Memphis had a heck of a weekend.”
Snead took home the gold and his first career conference title in the triple jump on Saturday, registering a leap of 15.48 meters.
On the track, the Huskies scored their biggest point totals on Saturday by taking four of the top-8 spots in both the mile and the 3,000 meters. In the mile, sophomore Eric Van Der Els (Norwalk, Conn.) led the way with a silver medal and All-AAC honors by taking second with a time of 4:12.05.
The Huskies claimed the four through six spots as well starting with junior PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.) in fourth with a clocking of 4:12.42. Right on his heels were senior Michael O’Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) at 4:12.67 and junior Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.) at 4:12.71.
In the 3,000 meters, junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) earned his second medal of the weekend, finishing third overall with a time of 8:15.92. Begley also took third in Friday’s 5,000 meters.
Backing him up was O’Donnell with a fifth place finish in a time of 8:20.92, junior Michael McGonnigle (New Fairfield, Conn.) in seventh with a time of 8:26.83 and sophomore Ian Mickool (Ridgefield, Conn.) in eighth at 8:27.10.
Senior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) earned himself a bronze medal and All-AAC accolades in the 400 meters, clocking in third with a time of 47.57 seconds, matching his top-time this season. Freshman Tyler Gleen (Trumbull, Conn.) picked-up a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.42.
“I am really happy for Malik winning his first conference championship and Patrick Begley who went to the podium again today. And Trent who ran a heck of a race in the 400, threatening our school record.”
The heptathlon saw both junior Jordan Torney (Toms River, N.J.) and freshman Samuel Rusak (Scarborough, Maine) place in the top-eight to score for the Huskies. Torney finished in fifth overall with a total of 5,066 points. His weekend was highlighted by a second place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.26 seconds and in the long jump, where he finished up third with a leap of 7.06 meters (23’2.00”).
For Rusak, he took eighth place with a total of 4,925 points, highlighted by a first place finish on Saturday in the pole vault. Rusak cleared a height of 4.70 meters (15’5.00”). In the 60-meter dash, Rusak was seventh with a time of 7.19 seconds.
The Huskies opened the championship meet with three All-Conference finishes on Friday led by Begley who won bronze in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:16.61, his fastest time of the season. The UConn distance medley team also garnered All-AAC accolades, finishing with a time of 10:10.26 for the bronze. Senior Parker Timmerman (Brookfield, Conn.) ran lead off, followed by sophomore Daniel Linehan (Norwalk, Conn.) in the 400, freshman Terrell Cunningham (Danbury, Conn.) in the 800 and classmate William Brisman (Fairfield, Conn.) in the mile.
In Friday’s field events, freshman Daniel Claxton was an all-conference performer in his first-ever championship meet, taking the bronze in the high jump. Claxton cleared a height of 2.06 meters (6’9.00”).
The Huskies are back in action at next weekend’s annual IC4A Championships being held at the BU Track & Field Center in Boston.
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