April 4, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - At the end of day two and the conclusion of the UConn Decathlon, University of Connecticut athlete Samuel Smith led the Huskies with a third place finish after accumulating 6,500 points. Teammate Sean Walsh placed fourth with 6,287 cumulative points. Rhode Island sophomore Trent Baltzell took home first place with 7,002 points, with Mike DiMambro slid into second with a total of 6,798 points.
Two of the four top finishes in the 110M hurdles belonged to the Huskies, with Sean Walsh taking second with a time of 15.81 seconds, earning 754 points, followed by Sam Smith in fourth place finishing at 16.26 seconds, collecting 704 points. Rhode Island’s DiMambro claimed another first place victory in the event, clocking in at 15.43 seconds.
In the discus throw, Smith was able to score second place for the Huskies and earn 687 points, with a throw of 41.09M(134-10). Teammate Sean Walsh checked in at sixth place with a throw of 33.30M(109-03).
Smith also claimed second in the pole vault, earning 645 points with 4.10M(13-05.25), while Walsh was able to secure fourth at 3.6M(11-09.75). Smith then went on to solidify his third second place finish of the day in the javelin, at 55.46M(181-11). Walsh claimed a sixth place spot in the javelin with a throw of 53.08M(174-02).
The Huskies finished strong in the 1500m, with Sean Walsh taking the first gold on the day for UConn with a time of 4:32.23, earning 730 points. Rhode Island’s Trent Baltzell finished in second, finishing with a time of 4:45.68. Connecticut’s Samuel Smith took fourth place in the event, crossing the finish line at 4:58.30, earning 570 points on the event.
The Huskies will travel to Albany for a Saturday showdown with the Great Danes in the fifth annual Dog Fight. Last year, the Huskies topped the Great Danes, 105 points to 94, for their second consecutive win in the Dog Fight. Then-junior Eric Masington concluded a stellar meet with wins in the discus throw and shot put to lead a dominant Connecticut effort in the field events. The Huskies swept the top three spots in both the hammer throw and the javelin throw en route to winning the meet.