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Huskies Finish Fourth at Battle on the Bayou

Chavez finishes first in the 800

April 13, 2013


BATON ROUGE, La.- The UConn men’s track and field team finished fourth at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou on Saturday with 117 points, just two points behind third place Arizona State. The Huskies, who faced four nationally ranked opponents, tallied four place finishes at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium to notch 36 points towards Connecticut’s total.

James Agati (Valley Stream, N.Y.) captured first place in the 1,500 meter run after crossing the finish line in 3:52.87 for nine points towards UConn’s total.

UConn was outstanding in the 800 meter run on Saturday with Alvaro Chavez (West Windsor, N.J.) claiming first in 1:50.60, while Alex Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) finished third in 1:51.22 and Robert Rhodes was fourth with a time of 1:52.34.

In the 3,000 meter run, Bryan Fowler (Tolland, Conn.) tallied a first place finish in an impressive 8:29.97 to add nine points towards UConn’s total.

“We had some great wins today. More than anything, the competition showed why we need all hands on board, as we had plenty of chances to beat both Arizona State and Penn State, which would have been great wins,” head coach Greg Roy state. “So, all in all, it was encouraging and somewhat disappointing, but certainly a great prep for the BIG EAST in three weeks.”

Also notching a top-five finish on Saturday was Chris Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) in third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.26.

Connecticut’s 4x100m relay team of Selwyn Maxwell, Kevin Smith, Darnell Cummings and Jesse Drinks notched five points after finishing fourth with a time of 41.31.

Other performances on the track contributing towards the Huskies’ point total was Claudio DelliCarpini (West Harrison, N.Y.) taking sixth (14.68) in the 110m hurdles, Robert Hovanec (Gillette, N.J.) 12th (48.04) in the 400, Drinks in eighth (10.70) in the 100m dash and Smith took fourth (21.86) in the 200m dash.

On the field, Cody Unger (Oak Ridge, N.J.) recorded a throw of 68.37 meters in the javelin for a first place finish and nine points.

In the discus, Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.) took fourth place with a hurl of 52.02 meters and Josh Faboyede (Providence, R.I.) registered a throw of 44.83 meters for seventh place. Masington added another top-five performance in the shot put as he finished fifth with a mark of 16.24m, while Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) was sixth (12.51m).

Faboyede also competed in the hammer finishing fifth (58.38m) and Chris Ackell (Brookfield, Conn.) was sixth (49.52m).

Also earning points on the field was Amanze Williams in the long jump (6.78m) and triple jump (14.99m), Cory Duggan in the pole vault with a jump of 4.96m and Noel James in the high jump with a mark of 2.02m.

The Huskies return home on Saturday, April 20, for their final meet in Storrs of the 2013 season.