April 7, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La.- The Huskies traveled to the LSU’s Battle on the Bayou for an extremely competitive meet on Saturday afternoon. UConn placed seventh with 62.50 points, only six points behind seventh place Penn St., and defeated both Texas Tech and Houston.
“We did a good job at an extremely high level meet. Beating Texas Tech and Houston was great for the team,” stated Head Coach Greg Roy. “We came out and were competitive with most of the teams in Saturday’s events. After competing in snow at home last weekend, I am pleased with our performance.”
Senior Scott Johnson (Old Lyme, Conn.) claimed second in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time 9:12.34 and was followed by teammate Nick Aguila (West Hartford, Conn.) who placed third in 9:18.07.
Connecticut’s 4x100m relay squad (Kevin Steinberg, Kevin Smith, Darnell Cummings and Jesse Drinks) added four points to the Husky total with a fourth place finish in a time of 40.58.
Junior Joe Clark (West Islip, N.Y.) added another top-five finish to UConn’s tally with a 3:49.58 1,500m performance which ended him crossing the finish line fifth. Clark went on to grab the 3,000m title with a time of 8:28.26.
Freshman Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) was the only Husky to finish in the top-ten in the 110m hurdles taking eighth place in 14.44. In the 100 meter dash junior Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.) finished eighth in 10.61
On the field, senior Eric Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) gave the Huskies three points with his toss of 61.63m for a sixth place finish in the javelin. Sophomore Cory Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) was the top Husky in the pole vault as he captured fourth place with a leap of 4.96m.
In the shot put, sophomore Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.) had a team high seventh place finish (16.95m) for two points to tack onto the team total. Senior captain Mike Alleman, who holds the meet record from last year, placed ninth with a throw of 16.74m.
Concluding the throwing events was junior Josh Faboyede (Providence, R.I.) claiming fourth in the hammer throw with a heave of 58.91m.
Junior Noel James continued to lead the Huskies in the high jump leaving the Bayou Battle with a silver medal following with a leap of 2.15 meters. In the triple jump, freshman Treval Hatcher finished seventh with a 14.72m jump.
The Huskies will host a decathlon on Tuesday and Wednesday before holding the Dog Fight on Saturday at the George J. Sherman Family Sport Complex in Storrs.