May 4, 2012
TAMPA, Fla.-The University of Connecticut men’s track and field kicked off the 2012 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships on Friday at the USF Track & Field Stadium. Junior Jake Waruch dominated the first day of decathlon events as he walked away with four first place and one second place finishes.
UConn had four athletes begin competition in the decathlon with Ben and Jake Waruch, Kyle Rowbotham and Sam Smith trying to claim the title. At the end of day one Jake leads the group with 3,937 points and is in first place overall, while Ben has 3,713 points,Rowbotham with 3,299 points and Smith with 3,386 points.
Jake and Ben took first and second place in the 100m dash in 11.05 and 11.14, respectively. Rowbotham finished fourth (11.54) and Smith was seventh (11.68).
Jake continued to lead the Husky group taking second in the long jump with a leap of 6.61m for 723 points, while Smith was in fifth (6.31m), Ben in seventh (6.17m) and Rowbotham in eighth (6.12m).
Connecticut dominated the decathlon shot put conquering the top four seats with Jake leading the way for a first place finish following a 13.41m toss. Ben came in second to give himself 681 points towards his total with a throw of 13.22m. Rowbotham was third (12.71m) for 650 points and Smith finished fourth (11.92m) for 602 points.
The Huskies also controlled the 400m dash decathlon standings with Jake claiming another first place title with a time of 49.23. Ben ran the 400m in 50.52 for a silver and Rowbotham was third in 51.29. Smith came in tenth posting a time of 53.83.
Jake went on to grab first in the high jump with a leap of 2.02m, Ben posted a leap of 1.96m for second, Smith was third (1.96m) and Rowbotham completed the event 11th (1.69m).
Meanwhile, freshman Chris Eckell concluded the men’s hammer throw ninth (52.08m) and junior Josh Faboyede was 12th with a toss of 50.47m.
On the track, Ryan McGuire completed the 10,000m run in 34:14.16, while senior Scott Johnson was 11th (9:18.25) and junior Nick Aguila was 12th (9:22.18) in the 3,000m steeplechase.
The Huskies will continue the BIG EAST Championships on Saturday with the Waruch brothers, Rowbotham and Smith concluding the decathlon, while the field events will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the track events start at 4:30 p.m.