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Landis Takes Three Events To Lead Men's Track And Field

April 15, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn men’s track and field team finished first of six teams on Saturday as it played host to the Northeast Challenge on Saturday at the George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex.

The Huskies scored 268 points and outdistanced Rhode Island with 137, Albany with 51 and Southern Connecticut (49.5), Central Connecticut (40) and Northeastern (38.5).

There were a number of impressive performances put in by the Huskies as senior John Landis (Philadelphia, Pa.) won a pair of events and was part of a winning relay team.

Landis won the 100-meter dash in 10.78 seconds while freshman Stedman Cook (Fort Washington, Md.) was second in 10.83 seconds.

Landis showed off his versatility as he won the long jump with a mark of 7.48 meters in the final.

Landis was the lead of the victorious 4x100 meter relay team along with seniors Landis and Chinedu Amonu (Ewing, N.J.) and junior Trenten Beram (Hopeville Junction, Vt.) and Cook coming in at 40.58 seconds.

"John was really good for us today and part of an overall great effort by all our seniors," said UConn head coach Greg Roy. "He actually came pretty close to winning a fourth event. We are rounding into shape and have a chance to be pretty good as the season moves on."

Sophomore Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) set a UConn school record in the triple jump with a mark of 53 feet, 1 inch.

"Malik was tremendous today," said Roy. "He was going up against some great comeptition that are NCAA regional and national talent. Malik should be among the top ten performers in the country this week."

Junior Stephon Henry (New Britain, Conn.) was a double-winner on the day as he was first in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.45 seconds while freshman Kyle Trocki (Shrewsbury, Mass.) won the 400-meters in 48.71 seconds. Henry also won the 400-meter hurdles in 53.39 seconds.

UConn took the top three places in the steeplechase with sophomore Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.) winning the event in 9:21.92 followed by junior Wyatt Million (Wrightstown, N.J.) (9:31.67) and freshman Alexander Abraham (Southbury, Conn.) (9:47.50).

The Huskies also had the top three in the 5,000-meter run with junior Michael McGonnigle (New Fairfield, Conn.) winning the event in 14:59.84 while freshman Kyle Brackman (Berkley Heights, N.J.) was second in 15:06.75 and sophomore Aidan Fiol (Fairfield, Conn.) was third in 15:17.97.

Three of the top five performers in the 1,500 meters were from UConn, including two freshmen. Freshman Eric Van Der Els (Norwalk, Conn.) was second in 3:51.25 while classmate Christopher Heydrick (Elliott City, Md.) was fourth in 3:51.40 and junior Parker Timmerman (Brookfield, Conn.) was fifth in 3:55.08.

Amonu was first in the 200-meter dash in 21.54 seconds.

Senior Alvaro Chavez (West Windsor, N.J.) was first in the 800-meter run in 1:53.76 while Heydrick was second in 1:54.71.

Junior Seth Zuidema (Midland Park, N.J.) won the javelin with a throw of 219 feet, six inches while classmate Kevin Foster (East Lyme, Conn.) was second at 212 feet, two inches.

The Huskies are back in action next Friday-Saturday when they travel to the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University.