March 29, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - Nine members of the UConn men’s track and field team won their respective events as the Huskies competed in the UConn Spring Invite, which took place at the George J. Family-Sports Complex Saturday, March 29 in Storrs, Conn.
The Huskies were able to score two of the top three spots for the long jump, and first place for the high jump. Freshman John Landis finished in first with a jump of 7.14M (23-05.25), with sophomore Harley Lacroix following in second with a distance of 6.8M (22-03.75). Demario Gray landed first place in the high jump at 1.93m (6-04.00).
UConn took first place in both the 110M hurdles and the 400M hurdles on the day. Randall Wall was able to lock first place in the 110M hurdles at 15.32, while Aeron Sykes took first in the 400M hurdles at 55.02. Wall was also able to place in the 400M hurdles, grabbing fifth with 57.19.
The Huskies dominated the 1500 meter run, taking both first and second place. Junior Philip Caldwell crossed the finish line with a time of 4.00.03 to lead the pack, followed closely by Junior James Agati who ended at 4.02.07. Paul Holden and Nicholas O'Leary took fourth and fifth place with times of 4.04.94 and 4.09.41, respectively.
UConn also excelled in the 800 meter run, taking both first and second place. Freshmen Michael O'Donnell had the winning overall time of 1:54.32. Following O'Donnell was sophomore Nicholas Bertoline with a finishing time of 1:55.97.
Connecticut’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams took first and second in the 4x400M relay, respectively. Aeron Sykes, Paul DeSalvo, Justin Doehr, and Patrick Hayes comprised the ‘A’ team, with the winning time of 3:23.24. Kris Horn, Robert Hovanec, Craig Hunter, and Harley Lacroix followed behind with the second-place time of 3:26.38.
Seven Huskies placed in the top ten for the discus throw. Senior Eric Masington held the first place spot with a distance of 55.29m(181-05). Following behind was freshmen Matthew Graziano at 50.79m(166-08). Samuel Smith, Jesse Chapman, Sean Walsh, Patrick Meyer, and Kris Horn all also placed in the top ten.
Sophomore Stephen Vento finished in second place in the 10,000M run with a time of 33.04. Sophomore Oluwatosin Edwards finished third in the hammer throw with an impressive 56.23 meter heave.
Two UConn teammates placed in the top eight in the 200M dash, with sophomore Harley Lacroix taking fourth place with a time of 22.99 seconds and freshmen John Landis following behind at 23.35 seconds.
Junior Amanze Williams finished the triple jump with 14.09m, adding another second place victory for UConn.
Freshman Trelonni Elliot placed third in the 100M dash, the only Husky who competed in the event, with a time of 11.33 seconds.
The Huskies will remain within the friendly confines of their home track when they return to action at the UConn Decathlon April 3-4. Action is set to get underway at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 3.