May 1, 2010
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Behind a personal best performance, Sean Smith successfully defended his BIG EAST decathlon title winning for the second-straight year with a performance of 7,370 while setting a facility record and improving upon his NCAA east regional qualifying score.
After day one, the University of Connecticut men's track team sits in second place with 47.5 points behind Louisville who has 71. Rounding out the top three is Rutgers with 45 points.
Three Husky runners qualified for day two competition as Mike Rutt and Brian Gagnon finished the 800 meter run in first and second place with times of 1:50.11 and 1:50.32 respectively. Chris Whyte also qualified for the 400 meter hurdles finals finishing in seventh place with a time of 52.43.
Recording points for the Huskies on the day were Will Sanders in the steeplechase who recorded a personal best time of 8:55.34, his first sub-nine minute time of his career. In doing so, he also upped his NCAA qualifying mark.
Cody Unger platformed for the Huskies in the javelin earning third place with an outstanding and personal best throw of 63.11 meters (207-11). Dylan Dombrowski finished fifth (61.31, 201-2), Ed Strosnick took sixth (61.01, 200-2) and Eric Alfiere (60.68, 199-1) to round out the Husky javelin pointgetters.
Mike Alleman finished with a fifth place performance in the shot put ending with a toss of 17.27 meters (56-8).
Marquis Thomas and Aaron King finished with seventh place performances in the high jump and long jump respectively. Thomas ended the day with a jump of 2.04 meters (6-8.25) while King finished with a personal best jump of 7.29 meters (23-11) in the long jump upping his NCAA mark.
The Huskies did extremely well in the decathlon as Smith took first, Jake Waruch earned third place rights with a score of 6,676 points and Kyle Rowbotham took fourth finishing with 6,604 points after the end of two days. Smith earned five first place victories en route to his decathlon win.