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Men's Track & Field In Third Place After Day One at AAC Championships

Darnell Cummings

Feb. 28, 2014

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – After the first day of competition at the American Athletic Conference Championship, the University of Connecticut men’s track & field team sits in third place behind Memphis and Louisville.

Oluwatosin Edwards posted a second place finish in the 35 lb. weight throw with a heave of 17.80m. the pole vaulters also performed well for Connecticut, as Craig Hunter’s leap 5.10m earned him a bronze medal and Cory Duggan’s equal height performance landed him in fourth place. Tim Murphy grabbed seventh with a 4.80m jump while teammate Connor Grunwald finished in eleventh.

UConn’s distance medley relay squad earned a third place finish in 10:05.06 and sophomore David Cotton posted a time of 15:04.14 in the 5000m run to grab 11th place. Long jumpers Harley Lacroix and Amanze Williams finish in tenth and 15th places, respectively.

Connecticut posted qualifying performances in every other event, placing runners in the top three in every category. Michael O’Donnell posted the top time in the mile run at 4:13.12, with teammates Nicholas Bertoline and Bryan Fowler grabbing fourth and fifth, respectively, to qualify for tomorrow’s final. The Huskies dominated the qualifier for the 8000 meter run, with all four Huskies reaching the final race. Robert Rhodes led the way with a 1:51.43 finish, crossing the line nearly five seconds faster than teammate Alvaro Chavez, who finished in second. Philip Caldwell and Paul DeSalvo took sixth and seventh, respectively.

Darnell Cummings posted a pair of top-three runs to qualify for tomorrow’s competition, recording the third-best time in the 60 meter dash in 6.85 and the second-best time in the 200 meter dash in 21.43. Chinedu Amonu and Patrick Hayes also earned qualifying times for the finals in the 200 meter dash, concluding the preliminaries in fifth and sixth position, respectively. Randal Wall’s time of 8.27 in the 60 meter hurdles also earned him a bid in the finals.

In the heptathlon, Kris Horn won the high jump and shot put, finishing second in the 60 meter dash and long jump to put himself in great position heading into the final day of competition.

Event finals kick off tomorrow with the mile run at 12:20pm and conclude at 3:10pm with the 4x400 meter relay.

Team Standings After Day One:

1.         Louisville          59

2.         Memphis           36

3.         UConn              26

4.         Houston            24

5.         Rutgers             19

6.         Cincinnati          13

7.         USF                  11

8.         Temple             8



UConn Finishes:


5000 Meter Run

11. David Cotton – 15:04.14


Distance Medley Relay

3. UConn – 10:05.06


Pole Vault

3. Craig Hunter – 5.10M

4. Cory Duggan – 5.10M

7. Timothy Murphy – 4.80M

11. Connor Grunwald – 4.80M


Long Jump

10. Harley Lacroix – 7.00M

15. Amanze Williams – 6.55M


35 lb. Weight Throw

2. Oluwatosin Edwards – 17.80M