April 20, 2013
Storrs, Conn.- The Connecticut men’s track and field team hosted their final home meet of the 2013 season as they won the UConn Classic with 81.50 points. Rhode Island finished in second with 61.33 points and Southern Connecticut took third with 55.83 points.
“The meet was everything we thought it would be, if you weren’t on your game, you were going to get beat,” head coach Greg Roy said. “This kind of meet hardens the competitors and produces great results. Monday, we’ll look closely at where we are in relation to the BIG EAST but I’ll tell you this, we didn’t hurt ourselves today.”
Senior Jesse Drinks won the 100m dash with a time of 10.64. In fourth, earning a point for UConn, was another senior, Kevin Smith, who ran a 10.89.
Connecticut was able to place second and third earning a total of five points in the 200 meter dash. Second overall was senior Jesse Drinks (21.51), who missed the top spot by one hundredth of a second. Senior Kevin Smith placed third with a time of 21.59.
Robert Hovanec and Kyle Twombly placed second and fourth in the 400m dash, respectively. The freshman, Hovanec, ran a 48.23 and the junior, Twombly, ran a 49.35.
The Huskiese notched five points in the 800 meter run with senior Tim Bennatan running a 1:52.30 for second place, missing first place by an eight hundredth of a second. In third was freshman Robert Rhodes who ran a 1:52.81.
UConn captured three out of the top four spots in the 1,500 meter run for 10 points. Taking the top spot was senior Alex Bennatan who won with a time of 3:50.18. In third was James Agati with a time of 3:52.87, while Joe Clark took fourth in 3:57.11.
UConn totaled seven points in the 5,000m run as junior Ryan McGuire placed first with a time of 15:05.90 and freshman Stephen Vento placed third with a time of 15:17.44.
Selwyn Maxwell won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.02. In third was Claudio DelliCarpini, who ran a time of 14.67.
Placing second and third in the 400m hurdles was senior Chris Whyte (53.76) and sophomore James Lowe (1:01.18). The two were able to earn a combined five points for the Huskies.
The 4x100m Relay team, comprised of Tyler Hopson, Hovanec, David Kenney and Twombly, took the top spot with a time of 41. 83.
In the 4x400m Relay, UConn’s A team took second place with a time of 3:15.36. The team included freshman Alvaro Chavez, Hovanec, Rhodes and Twombly.
In the pole vault, UConn’s Cory Duggan took the top spot clearing a height of 5.13m, while freshman Tim Murphy tied for second in with a height of 4.65m.
Freshman Harley Lacroix grabbed first in the long jump with a distance of 6.94m, adding five points towards the Huskies score.
Eric Masington tallied three points on the day with a third place (51.18m) finish in the discus and fourth place (15.13m) in the shot put.
In the triple jump, Amanze Williams took third place, earning two points with a jump of 14.45m.
Chris Acekll placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 60.73m and gained the Huskies another three points. Another Husky who was able to contribute a point towards UConn’s final score was senior Joshua Faboyede who threw 59.12m.
In the javelin, Adam Boucher and Sam Smith took the third and fourth spots, respectively. The freshman threw the javelin a distance of 56.87m to give the Huskies two points. The junior, Smith, propelled the javelin a distance of 53.96m to add another point to the Huskies final score.
The Huskies travel to the Penn Relays next week for the three-day meet on Thursday, while some members of the squad will compete at Saturday’s UNH Invite.