April 11, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- Junior captain Jake Waruch claimed the title at UConn’s Husky Decathlon on Wednesday afternoon. Waruch was the top Husky in all but one event over the past two days as he finished the competition with 7,579 points.
Jake was fifth in the 110m hurdles in 15.42, second in the discus with a toss of 42.21m, tied for first in the pole vault with a jump of 4.45m, threw the javelin 52.18m for fifth place and concluded the meet with a third place finish in the 1,500m run (4:42.05).
“In Jake's first Decathlon in two years, he showed how far he has come. His focus over that time has been being healthy and fundamental development in each of his events,” stated Associate Head Coach Rich Miller. “Going into the meet, the plan was to be disciplined in the fundamentals he has been working on. This was an outstanding performance and a product of his dedication, perseverance and hard work. I am very excited to see the progress Jake has made and look forward to what lies ahead.”
Ben Waruch concluded the competition in fifth with 6,723 points. The junior captain ran a 15.44 in the 110m hurdles, finished seventh in the discus with a lob of 34.31m, was third in the pole vault with a leap of 4.25m, threw the javelin 46.12m for eighth place and ran the 1,500m in 5:03.95.
Sophomore Sam Smith and senior Kyle Rowbotham grabbed seventh (6601) and eighth (6448) place, respectively. Smith was the top Husky finisher in the javelin with a toss of 54.70m. Rowbotham added another top-five finish for UConn with a fifth place finish (4.15m) in the pole vault. Smith and Rowbotham took fourth (36.90m) and fifth (36.62m) in the discus.
“Ben, Sam and Kyle also competed in their first Decathlon in two years. Each one did an excellent job showing real improvements from where they were two years ago. This gives us a good gauge of where we are at at this point in the year,” finished Miller.
The Huskies will remain at home this weekend when they host the Dog Fight on Saturday, April 14, starting at 1:30 p.m.