BOSTON, Mass. – The UConn Huskies took home the team title at the 97th IC4A Indoor Championships on Sunday at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. This was the Huskies first IC4A Indoor Championship since the 2013 season and marks the third IC4A indoor title in program history (2018, 2013, 2011).
The Huskies finished with 85 points over the 20 events to best the field of 36 teams that scored at the meet. Liberty was second with 80.33 points and Northeastern was third with 76 points.
“A great, great team win,” stated head coach Greg Roy. “Our athletes have been working hard all season long on learning how to win. Today, we really had to go out and take care of business, especially at the end of the meet. It was touch and go through the middle of day but we really did a great job of closing it out.
On Sunday, the Huskies added nine All-East performances to their leaderboard to go along with four from Saturday’s results. The Huskies also had an individual champion on Sunday with senior Craig Hunter (Robbinsville, N.J.) capturing first place in the pole vault. He successfully defended his IC4A title after winning at last year’s meet.
Hunter, who returned from injury at last week’s AAC Championship, outperformed his appearance there by winning the IC4A title with a height of 5.15 meters (16’10.75”), his best of the season. Junior Ian Bergere (Madison, Conn.) posted his best vault of the season as well, finishing eighth with a height of 5.05 meters (16’6.75”).
Junior Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) followed up his All-East performance in the long jump on Saturday with a fourth place finish in the triple jump on Sunday. Snead’s leap of 15.08 meters (49’5.75”) earned him All-East honors in the event.
Freshman thrower Matthew Brady (Biddeford, Maine) took home a fourth place finish in the shot put on Sunday, easily besting his previous top-throw this season with a 17.44 meter heave (57’2.75”). Brady earns All-East honors in his first career IC4A meet.
On the track, senior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) blazed his way to a third place finish in the 400 meters, toping this fastest time of the season recorded just a day earlier in the prelim. Beram ran a 46.77 to top his fastest time of the season for the third-straight race.
Two Huskies scored points and grabbed All-East honors in the mile in sophomore Eric Van Der Els (Norwalk, Conn.) and junior Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.). Van Der Els took fifth in the event with a time of 4:07.52 while Barber was right on his heels in sixth at 4:07.71.
In the 3,000 meters, junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) took third to garner All-East accolades. Begley finished in a time of 8:03.44, shattering his previous best time of 8:14.41 run at the Great Dane Classic. In 800 meters, freshman Tyler Gleen (Trumbull, Conn.) placed eighth with a time of 1:55.02.
The Huskies closed out their victory on Sunday with a pair of third place finishes in the distance medley relay and the 4x400 meter relay.
The UConn distance medley team of junior PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.), freshmen Omar Gebril (North Haven, Conn.) and Terrell Cunningham (Danbury, Conn.) and senior Michael O’Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) finished with a time of 9:47.01, the top-time this season, good for All-East honors.
In the 4x400, the team of freshman Colt Nicholas (Portsmouth, R.I.), junior Kyle Trocki (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Gleen and Beram took home All-East honors with a time of 3:11.34, another season best clocking for the Huskies.
During Saturday’s events, a pair of freshman scored in the high jump led by Daniel Claxton (Long Island, N.Y.) who took second place with a height of 2.10 meters (6’10.75”), his top-height this season. Classmate Safir Scott (Greenwich, Conn.) placed fourth with a height of 2.05 meters (6’8.75”). Both earn All-East honors in their first career IC4A meet.
The Huskies got an All-East finish in the heptathlon by sophomore Jordan Torney (Toms River, N.J.) who took fourth with 5,109 points. In the 5,000 meters, junior Kyle Brackman (Berkley Heights, N.J.) scored for UConn, placing sixth overall for All-East honors, finishing with a time of 14:27.51, his top time in the event this indoor season.
“Such a great meet with teams from all over the Atlantic coast and this was a great team win. We are really excited and this bodes well for the future.”
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