March 25, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team opened its 2014 outdoor season at the Walt Disney World Track & Field Open this past weekend in Orlando, Fla. The team posted a fifth place finish out of the 15 competing teams, with Princeton University taking home the team win with a total of 217 points.
Four athletes opened the season by winning their events for Connecticut. Tobey Belton captured the high jump with a leap of 2.03M. The junior’s effort represents one of his best jumps in outdoor competition and falls just .01 short of matching his indoor personal bests.
Coming off an exceptional indoor campaign, rookie Craig Hunter once again led the Huskies in the pole vault with a first place finish in his first collegiate outdoor meet. Hunter cleared 5.10m to win the event and establish an outdoor personal record. In his first indoor season at UConn, Hunter posted a top mark of 5.15m. Senior Jesse Chapman competed in his first meet of the year, finishing with a marker of 4.30m in the same event.
Senior Eric Masington supplied another of UConn’s top finishes in the discus throw. Masington registered a hurl of 54.40m to take home the gold while also posting a second place finish in the shot put with a 16.30m heave. Matthew Graziano captured second place in the discus with a throw of 51.47m, while Chapman earned 12th with a 39.76m throw.
Brian Eilers provided UConn’s fourth athlete to top the podium, capturing the javelin throw with a 56.68m effort in his first meet of the season.
In the hammer throw, Oluwatosin Edwards earned a second place finish with a throw of 51.90m. Masington also competed in this event, taking fifth place with a 41.80m result.
The Huskies will host the University of Rhode Island in a home meet on Saturday, March 29. Events are scheduled to begin at 10:30a.m.
1. Tobey Belton – 2.03M
1. Craig Hunter – 5.10M
4. Jesse Chapman – 4.30M
2. Eric Masington – 16.30M
1. Eric Masington – 54.40M
2. Matthew Graziano – 51.47M
12. Jesse Chapman – 39.76M
2. Oluwatosin Edwards – 51.90M
5. Eric Masington – 41.80M
1. Brian Eilers – 56.68M