March 30, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut men’s track and field hosted its first home event of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Sherman Family Sports Complex . The Huskies enjoyed a successful day, finishing with 37 top-five finishes.
Connecticut posted three top-five finishes in the hammer throw with sophomore Chris Ackell claiming the crown with a personal best throw of 59.01m. Senior Josh Faboyede finished third in the hammer throw (57.51m), while freshman Oluwatosin Edwards grabbed fifth place (52.62m) in his first career outdoor event.
In the javelin throw, Brian Eilers and Adam Boucher claimed first and second place, with throws of 61.46m and 59.22m respectively. Junior Claudio DelliCarpini took home the crown in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.75 seconds.
Freshman Harley Lacroix was the lone Husky in the top-five in the long jump finishing with a jump of 6.97m. In the high jump, Amanze Williams (1.85m) and senior captain Ben Waruch (1.85m) grabbed the top two spots.
In the discus, junior Eric Masington set a new personal best with a toss of 56.46m. Ackell finished in fourth place with a throw of 45.64m. Masington also set a personal best in the shot put with a toss of 16.79m, which earned him a first place finish.
In the pole vault, teammates Cory Duggan (4.95m) and Timothy Murphy (4.65m) finished first and second.
On the track, the Huskies continued to have success. Connecticut opened up the track events taking second and third place in the 4x100 meter relay. The Connecticut ‘A’ team, which consisted of Selwyn Maxwell, John Rettenmeier, Oluwatosin Edwards, and Robert Hovenic, finished second in the contest with a time of 42.02 seconds. The Connecticut ‘B’ team, made up by David Kenney, James Lowe, Tyler Hopson, and Kyle Twombly, followed up with a third place finish (43.85 seconds).
The Huskies dominated the 1500 meter run, taking the first five spots. Senior Captain Alex Bennatan lead the charge, finishing with a new personal best time of 3:56.94. Tim Bennatan (3:57.24), Joe Clark (3:58.14), Alvaro Chavez (3:58.48), and Nicholas O’Leary (4:02.15) rounded out the rest of the top-five. For the freshmen, Chavez and O’Leary, it was a terrific way to open their outdoor careers after enjoying successful indoor campaigns.
Connecticut finished with three athletes in the top-five of the 100 meter dash. Sophomore Selwyn Maxwell placed second with a time of 10.81 seconds. Junior David Kenney was third with a time of 10.82 seconds, and freshman Trelonni Elliot was fifth with a time of 11.18 seconds in his first outdoor event. In the 400 meter dash, freshman Robert Hovanec left with the title, finishing with a time of 49.41 seconds. Kyle Twombly (49.82) and Chris Whyte (50.00) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Seniors Kevin Smith (21.58) and Jesse Drinks (21.84) captured first and second place in the 200m dash, respectively. For Smith, it marked a new personal best time. In the 800 Meter Run, Connecticut took three of the top-five positions. Junior Paul DeSalvo took home the crown (1:54.50), while sophomore Philip Caldwell (1:55.58) took third, and James Agati (1:55.89) took fifth.
In the 400 meter hurdles, sophomore James Lowe (56.33) grabbed first, while Whyte (56.42) finished second. In the 4x400 meter relay, Connecticut had three squads placing in the top-five spots. Connecticut ‘A’ finished first among the Husky groups, finishing second with a time of 3:21.92.
Associate Head Coach, Rich Miller, was impressed with the work of his team in their first home event.
“The guys did a real nice job today. I think it was a nice starting point. We have a long way to go over the next month, but it was a good place to be today. I love competing at home. The guys really stepped up. I think part of it was the fact that they could compete at home. We really appreciate the opportunity to compete here.”
The team will return to action on April 4 at 12:00 pm when they take part in the UConn Decathlon.