May 4, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J.- Jesse Chapman became the fifth consecutive Husky to capture the BIG EAST decathlon crown as he won the event on Saturday at the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. The Huskies conclude the second day of the league meet sitting in first place with 62.50 points, while second place Louisville has 57 points. UConn enters the final day of competition with nine top-five performances and several Huskies qualifying for Sunday’s finals.
The Huskies dominated the decathlon with Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) reaching the top of the podium with 7,437 points, while Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) finished second (7,394), Ben Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) claimed fourth (6,816) and Sam Smith (Slingerlands, N.Y.) was fifth (6,660). Sean Walsh (Freehold, N.J.) finished ninth with 6,420 points.
Twins Ben and Jake claimed first and second in the 100 with times of 10.97 and 11.06, respectively. The Huskies went on to capture the top-three spots in the decathlon’s 400m dash with Jake finishing first (50.26), Ben in second (50.51) and Walsh in third (50.70). Jake added another top-spot in the high jump and Chapman took first in the shot put with a hurl of 15.29m.
Jumpstarting Saturday’s decathlon events UConn grabbed the top-three spots in the 110m hurdles as Ben was first (14.95), Chapman in second (15.03) and Jake in third (15.23). Chapman (44.62m) and Jake (43.69m) followed it up finishing first and second in the discus. In the 1,500m, Walsh was first in 4:24.10. Again, it was Connecticut taking the top-three spots in the javelin in Chapman (60.37m), Jake (55.38m) and Smith (54.51m).
Connecticut notched 12 points in the hammer on Friday evening with senior Josh Faboyede (Providence, R.I.) finishing second with a toss of 60.63m and sophomore Chris Ackell (Brookfield, Conn.) took fifth with a throw of 58.36m.
Eric Masington reached the podium in the shot put as he recorded a throw of 17.87m for second place. Masington shattered his previous personal best of 16.95 meters.
In the javelin, the Huskies captured slots 4-7 with Brian Eilers guiding the group with a throw of 58.35m in fourth, while Adam Boucher was fifth (58.31m), Cody Unger took sixth (57.76m) and Sam Smith was seventh (57.65m).
Qualifying for Sunday’s finals in their respective events includes Jesse Drinks (100m, 200m), Alvaro Chavez (800m), Alex Bennatan (800m), Chris Whyte (400m hurdles), Bryan Fowler (1,500m), Selwyn Maxwell (110m hurdles) and Kyle Twombly (400m).
The conference meet will conclude on Sunday. Events are slated to begin at 10 a.m.