April 6, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut men's track and field team hosted its fourth annual Dog Fight Saturday in Storrs. The Huskies took first place in the meet, concluding the day with 105 points, which topped Albany's 94 points. It is the second consecutive year that UConn has taken the Dog Fight, with the Huskies holding a 3-1 all-time record against the Great Danes.
The Huskies kicked off the meet taking the top three places in the javelin throw. Sophomore Brian Eilers captured first place with a toss of 59.88m. Freshman Adam Boucher (58.89) and senior captain Jake Waruch (53.21m) took second and third, respectively.
Connecticut again took the top three spots in the hammer throw. Senior Josh Faboyede continued his successful 2013 campaign by grabbing first place with a throw of 57.64m. Sophomore Chris Ackell (56.23m) took second, and freshmen Oluwatosin Edwards (49.96m) finished third for the Huskies.
Sophomore Amanze Williams finished first in the long jump with a 6.91m leap. Junior Claudio DelliCarpini took third and earned the Huskies two more points with his 6.62m jump. In the discus throw, Eric Masington captured the crown, finishing with a 54.90 toss. Faboyede took third with a throw of 42.05m.
Masington added to his stellar day with a first place finish in the shot put, finishing with a toss of 16.20m. Waruch finished third for Connecticut, with a hurl of 13.14m
Connecticut was able to grab second and third place in the high jump with senior James Noel completing a leap of 2.05m and Waruch finishing with a leap of 2.00m. Junior Cory Duggan (5.10m) was first in the pole vault. In the triple jump, Williams lead the charge and claimed first place with a result of 14.00m.
On the track, the Huskies had two top-five finishers in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Senior Joe Clark took second (9:33.59), trailing only Albany's Ethan Clary who finished the contest in an impressive 9:16.34. Bryan Fowler (9:53.16) placed fourth in the event.
In the 1500 meter run, Connecticut senior Alex Bennatan (3:54.57) took second place. Bennetan's twin brother, Tim, finished in third with a time of 3:57.19. Freshman James Agati delivered a nice performance to grab fourth with a time of 4:01.17.
In the 4X100 meter run, Connecticut took the crown as the `A' team (Drinks, Kevin Smith, Hovanec, Maxwell) delivered a 41.36 second performance to capture five points for the Huskies. The Connecticut `B' team (Elliot, Hopson, Kenney and Twombly) was able to take third place with a time of 42.12, finishing just .01 seconds behind the Albany `A' team which took second.
In the 400 meter dash, the Great Danes took the top two spots, with the Huskies taking the next three. Freshman Robert Hovanec (49.07) took third, sophomore Dele Owoye (49.38) took fourth, and freshman Robert Rhodes (49.53) finished fifth.
In the 110 meter hurdles, DelliCarpini was the lone Connecticut athlete in the top-five, taking the title with a time of 14.92 seconds. In the 100 meter dash, senior Kevin Smith finished first with a time of 10.60 seconds. Junior David Kenney finished third with a time of 10.98 seconds.
The Huskies dominated the 800 meter run, taking three of the top five spots. Alvaro Chavez earned the team five points after he finished first with a time of 1:53.53. Philip Caldwell (1:55.13) and Nicholas O'Leary (1:56.52) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the 200 meter dash, senior Jesse Drinks topped the field, finishing in 21.52 seconds. Fellow senior Tyler Hopson took fourth with a time of 22.53 seconds. In the 400 meter hurdles, senior Chris Whyte (54.70) took second, while sophomore James Lowe (56.05) took fourth.
In the 5000 meter run, the Great Danes took the top two spots, with freshman Stephen Vento (14:59.01) and Junior Ryan McGuire (15:09.16) taking third and fourth place. The Connecticut `A' team took first place in the 4X400 meter relay with a time of 3:18.98, the Connecticut `B' team (3:22.64) took second, and the Connecticut `C' (3:27.32) rounded out the top-five.
Head Coach Greg Roy was happy with the win and felt like the team made some important strides, "We made some progress today in certain areas, which we're pleased about. If we can just get better each week we'll feel good. Getting out of here with a win today was a good thing for us."
The Huskies are back in action next Saturday April 13th, when they will compete in the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La.