BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team was able to overtake Tulsa to claim second place after the final day of the 2017 American Athletic Conference indoor championship.
The Huskies, who sat at third after day one of the competition, finished with 111.5 total points behind meet champion, Houston (174) and just ahead of Tulsa (109), who was previously second after the first day.
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“We were outscored by Houston 80-7 in the speed events, and that’s the meet right there,” UConn head coach Greg Roy said, “We have to change that dynamic. Congratulations to our all-conference performers, Chinedu Amonu, Mike O’Donnell, Eric Van Der Els, Stephon Henry, Craig Hunter, Malik Snead and Ronel Forde.”
Senior captain Chinedu Amonu and junior Stephon Henry each brought home a silver medal. Amonu finished strong in the 400m finals to contribute eight points with a 47.72 finish. In the 60m hurdles, Henry finished in 8.10, one hundredth of a second shy of Houston’s Amere Lattin who won the event.
Three Huskies combined for eight points in the 800m. Sophomore Ben Devenezia lead the team with a fourth place finish (1:52.64), followed by senior Alvaro Chavez and sophomore PJ Garmon, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Connecticut’s distance medley team (Heydrick, Barber, Timmerman, Van Der Els) beat the previous meet record of 9:56.46 on Friday, along with Houston and Tulsa. The Huskies finished third in that event to earn six points with a 9:53.81. On Saturday, UConn finished second in the 4x400m relay.
In the triple jump on Saturday, two underclassmen Huskies placed in the top-three for 14 total points. Sophomore Malik Snead took home second-place with a 15.23m leap and freshman Ronel Forde finished third with 15.15m mark.
The Huskies accumulated 14.5 points in the pole vault on Friday. Senior captain Craig Hunter led by example, capturing the silver medal with a 5.12m mark. He finished behind Cincinnati’s Adrian Valles, who set a meet record 5.60m vault. Sophomore Ian Bergere and junior Chandler Ives finished fifth (4.82m) and sixth (4.67m), respectively.