Aaeron Sykes won the 400m Hurdles at UNH on Saturday
April 26, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn men’s track and field wrapped up a big weekend at both the UNH Wildcat Invitational II and the prestigious Penn Relays on Saturday in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The weekend witnessed Aaron Sykes and Treval Hatcher take home first place finishes in addition to a bronze medal performance by Connor Grunwald in the pole vault.
In Philadelphia, Conor Grunwald captured third place in the pole vault after clearing 4.85m (15-11). Craig Hunter matched and Timothy Murphy both matched that height to earn fifth and seventh places, respectively.
Continuing UConn’s strong showing in the field events, John Landis locked up third place in the long jump with a distance of 7.23m (23-8.75). In the vertical jumps, Tobey Belton took fourth place with a height of 2.00m (6-6.75).
Simultaneously competing for Connecticut at the Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility in Durham, N.H., a collection of Huskies tallied two first place finishes and four overall top-five results.
Aaeron Sykes led a tremendous UConn effort in the 400m hurdles that saw five Huskies earn spots in the top ten finishers. Sykes clocked 53.76 to win the event, followed by teammates James Lowe (fifth) in 55.14 and Nigel Walker (seventh) in 55.71. Randall Wall took eight place , John Rettenmeier slid into tenth and Mike Roy rounded out the UConn showing in 18th place.
Freshman jumper Treval Hatcher accounted for UConn’s other top finish in the triple jump, covering a distance of 13.90m for the top result.
In 800m run action, Nick O’Leary led the UConn charge with a silver medal in 1:53.68. James Agati took eleventh in 1:57.09.
The Huskies will now set their sights on the first-ever American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship, set to begin May 2 in Tampa, Fla. A team victory next weekend would give the Huskies a clean sweep of the Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the league’s inaugural season.
4x400m IC4A Relay Heats
8. Twombly, Hovanec, Amonu, Rhodes – 3:15.33
4x800m College Relay
8. – Caldwell (1:54.35), O’Donnell (1:52.92), Bertoline (1:51.83) DeSalvo (1:56.26)
Sprint Medley Championship of America
32. Cummings, Hayes, Amonu, Rhodes - 3:39.13
Medley Championship of America
15. O’Donnell, Rettenmeier, Caldwell, Bertoline – 9:59.33
100m dash Heats
23. Darnell Cummings – 10.90
4. Tobey Belton – 2.00m (6-6.75)
3. Connor Grunwald – 4.85m (15-11)
5. Craig Hunter – 4.85m (15-11)
7. Timothy Murphy – 4.85m (15-11)
3. John Landis – 7.23m (23-8.75)
12. Harley Lacroix – 14,34m (47-0.75)
24. Oluwatosin Edwards – 49.72m (163-1)
UNH Wildcat Invitational II:
6. Dele Owoye
8. Trelonni Elliott – 51.03
2. Nick O’Leary – 1:53.68
11. James Agati – 1:57.09
17. Stephen Vento – 4:07.01
31. David Cotton – 4:12.80
4. Randall Wall – 15.39
7. James Lowe – 15.58
1. Aaeron Sykes – 53.76
5. James Lowe – 55.14
7. Nigel Walker – 55.71
8. Randall Wall – 56.06
10. John Rettenmeier – 56.41
18. Mike Roy – 1:00.92
5. Wyatt Million – 9:56.90
1. Treval Hatcher – 13.90m