April 19, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team finished in first place as the host school of the New England Challenge Meet on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies finished with a dominant 111 points to Southern Connecticut’s 60 and Rhode Island’s 23.
The Huskies tallied 14 first place finishes on Saturday en route to the team win.
Darnell Cummings accounted for two of UConn’s top finishes, taking first in the 200m dash in 21.31 and the 100m. Patrick Hayes followed just on his heels with a 21.38 finish to grab second place. Cummings also crossed the line first in the 100m with a time of 10.60. Patrick Hayes reprised his second place finish in the 100m in 10.64.
In 400m action, Robert Rhodes took home first place with a time of 47.81. Paul DeSalvo led a dominant effort in the 800m in which the Huskies swept the top three finishes and accounted for four of the top five finishes. DeSalvo crossed the line first in 1:53.30, followed by Michael O’Donnell in second place and Nick O’Leary in third. Nick Bertoline took finished in fifth place.
Philip Caldwell captured the 1500m run in 3:57.90, followed by James Agati in second place in 4:00.19. Ryan Pearl added a fifth place finish and David Cotton rounded out the Huskies’ 1500m showing in ninth place.
In the 4x400m race to conclude the meet, the Huskies’ A team of Chinedu Amonu, Robert Hovanec, Aaeron Sykes and Robert Rhodes ran away with first place in 3:17.08. Rhodes was briefly tripped up by Sykes on the handoff headed into the final lap but still recovered for a sizeable margin in an excellent anchor run.
Nigel Walker recorded lead the Huskies with a second place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.52. The Huskies went two-three-four, with James Lowe taking the bronze medal and Randall Wall sliding into fourth place. Randall Wall and James Lowe finished in third and fourth places, respectively, in the 110m hurdles.
Five of UConn’s top finishes came from the field events. Brian Eilers took first in the javelin with a throw of 63.71(209-00). In the long jump, Harley Lacroix soared for a distance of 7.28m (23-10.75) to take first place, followed by John Landis in second. Freshman Craig Hunter won the pole vault after clearing a height of 5.20m (17-00.75).
Eric Masington topped the podium in the discus throw with a distance of 54.26m (178-00), followed by Matthew Graziano in second place and Jesse Chapman in fourth. Masington paced the Huskies in the shot put with a second place finish on a heave of 17.07m (56-00.00).
Tobey Belton took first place in the high jump with a height of 1.99m (6-06.25).
"We made progress on many fronts this weekend," said head coach Greg Roy. "It will be difficult to mention all the positives. Bryan Fowler got things started with a big 5k personal record in Princeton Friday night." Fowler, who represented UConn at the Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday, finished 15th with a time of 14:19.65.
"Back in Storrs on Saturday, the javelin throwers and long jumpers looked great while Rob Rhodes won a tough 400m. Craig Hunter's first 17' pole vault clearance in swirling winds was awesome. Senior Paul DeSalvo was tough as nails winning his last home meet while red shirt freshman Ned Wilson remained unbeaten at home. Freshman Patrick Hayes gave Captain Darnell Cummings all he could handle in both the 100m and 200m. After a slow start this team is really coming together."
- Edward Wilson—15:24.91
- Stephen Vento--- 15:39.03
- Darnell Cummings – 21.31
- Patrick Hayes—21.38
7. Robert Hovanec—22.04
9. Kyle Twombly-22.27
11. Harley Lacroix – 22.30
15. Dele Owoye—22.61
16. Trelonni Elliott—22.71
3. James Lowe—54.73
4. Randall Wall—55.17
6. John Rettenmeier—56.86
9. Aaeron Sykes—57.80
11. Michael Roy—59.94
6. Oluwatosin Edwards—54.12m(195-01)
- Harley Lacroix—7.28m(23-10.75)
- John Landis—7.22m(23-08.25)
- Paul DeSalvo—1:53.30
- Michael O’Donnell—1:53.77
- Nicholas O’Leary—1:54.60
- Nicholas Bertoline—1:55.08
- Darnell Cummings—10.60
- Patrick Hayes—10.64
- Dele Owoye—10.95
- Chinedu Amonu—10.95
10. Trelonni Elliot—11.01
11. John Landis—11.04
- Robert Rhodes—47.81
- Robert Hovanec—48.24
- Kyle Twombly—49.48
- Randall Wall—14.90
- James Lowe—15.19
- Sean Walsh—15.64
- Phillip Caldwell—3:57.90
- James Agati—4:00.19
- Ryan Pearl—4:02.94
- David Cotton—4:08.67
- Brian Eilers—63.71(209-00)
5. Adam Boucher—57.50(188-08)
11. Patrick Meyer—44.59(146-03)
1. Harley Lacroix – 7.28m (23-10.75)
2. John Landis – 7.22m (23-08.25)
1. Craig Hunter – 5.20m (17-00.75)
4. Connor Grunwald – 4.75m (15-07.00)
5. Tim Murphy – 4.60m (15-01.00)
2. Eric Masington – 17.07m (56-00.00)
7. Sam Smith – 13.56m (44-06.00)
9. Jesse Chapman – 13.29m (43-07.25)
10. Kris Horn – 12.89m (42-03.50)
1. Eric Masington – 54.26 (178-00)
2. Matthew Graziano – 51.39m (168-07)
4. Jesse Chapman – 46.14 (151-04)
11. Kris Horn – 36.08m (118-04)
12. Patrick Meyer – 34.89 (114-06)
1. Tobey Belton – 1.99m (6-06.25)
4. Demario Gray – 1.89m (6-02.25)