March 8, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. – Eight of ten individual Huskies and both Connecticut relay teams qualified for final heats as the UConn men’s track and field team competed at day one of the IC4A Championships at Boston University on Saturday.
A pair of Connecticut athletes posted the top qualifying time in their respective events, led by Darnell Cummings in the 200 meter dash and Robert Rhodes in the 500 meter. Cummings finished the 200 meter in 21.32 seconds to lead all runners while ran a 1:02.08 in the 500 meter to cross the line first. Patrick Hayes also qualified in the 200 meter dash while Chinedu Amonu just missed the cut.
Trelonni Elliott earned a spot in Sunday’s finals with a time of 7.01 in the 60 meter dash. Kyle Twombly and Robert Hovanec will represent the Huskies in the 400 meter, while Paul DeSalvo posted qualifying time to compete in tomorrow’s 800 meter run. Mike O’Donnell finished sixth in the preliminary mile run to earn a spot in the finals.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Dele Owoye, Justin Alleyne, John Rettenmeier and Chinedu Amonu also met the criteria for competing in the final race, while the Distance Medley Relay squad of James Agati, Justin Doehr, Philip Caldwell and Nick Bertolini raced to the third-fastest time to cement their spot in tomorrow’s final.
Several field events were scored on day one, with Tobey Belton grabbing tenth in the high jump with a leap of 2.04m (6-08.25). Harley Lacroix posted UConn’s highest finish so far with a third place result in the triple jump after leaping for 14.73m (48-04.00). Amanze Williams grabbed ninth in the same event with a 14.52m (47-07.75) showing. Freshman Treval Hatcher placed 19th to round out UConn’s triple jumpers.
Oluwatosin Edwards earned a 12th place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 18.28m (59-11.75).
Competition resumes tomorrow morning at 9:30am with the long jump. For a complete schedule of events, follow the link posted above.