May 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – Bryan Fowler, Brian Eilers and Jesse Chapman posted three silver medal finishes to lead the University of Connecticut men’s track and field team on the penultimate day of The American Championship Saturday in Florida. Fowler raced to 14:24.38 in the 5,000m run while Eilers recorded a toss of 65.13m in the javelin throw. Senior Jesse Chapman wrapped up the decathlon with 7,031 points to take second place.
The trio combined to earn 24 points for the Huskies, who enter the final day of competition in fourth place as a team with 51 points. Louisville continued to lead all teams through he second day with 75 points, followed by Memphis in second with 65. The Huskies are nipping at the heels of the Houston Cougars, who sit in third place with 53 points.
In the jumps, John Landis led the UConn effort in the long jump with a distance of 7.06m to take sixth place. Harley Lacroix finished eleventh in the same event, while Tobey Belton added a sixth place results in the high jump after clearing 2.00m.
Senior thrower Eric Masington earned a fifth place finish in the shot put with his heave of 16.59m.
Following Eilers in the javelin throw was Kevin Foster (60.19m) in sixth place, Sam Smith in eighth (57.23m) and Adam Boucher in ninth (55.50m). Smith also added a fourth place finish in the decathlon, followed by Sean Walsh in sixth place.
Twelve Huskies qualified for fourteen finals on Saturday, led by Darnell Cummings and Patrick Hayes with two events apiece in the 100m and 200m dashes. Cummings posted the fifth-fastest time in the 100m at 10.54, followed closely by Hayes in sixth place at 10.67. The two reversed positions in the 200m, with Hayes beating out Cummings for the fourth qualifying spot in 21.24 and Cummings finishing with a time of 21.42.
Paul DeSalvo and Robert Rhodes posted a three-four finish in the 800m run to earn their tickets to the finals. DeSalvo raced to 1:51.75 while Rhodes posted a time of 1:50.40. Sneaking into the final qualifying slot was Philip Caldwell in 1:51.93.
Mike O’Donnell entered the weekend with the top 1,500m time in the conference and continued that trend on Saturday. O’Donnell posted a 3:52.43 effort to win his heat for the top qualifying time. Right on his heels was Nick Bertoline in 3:53.03 to grab the second-best qualifier.
The men begin the final day with the pole vault at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. All roads lead to the 4x400 meter relay to close the championship and determine a winner. A complete meet program has been posted above, along with a link to live stats and live streaming of the last day of competition at the American Athletic Conference Championship.
3. Ned Wilson – 31:22.45
2. Bryan Fowler – 14:24.38
6. Tobey Belton – 2.00m
6. John Landis – 7.06m
11. Harley Laroix – 6.76m
5. Eric Masington – 16.59m
2. Brian Eilers – 65.13m
6. Kevin Foster – 60.19m
8. Sam Smith – 57.23m
9. Adam Boucher – 55.50m
2. Jesse Chapman – 7,031
4. Sam Smith – 6,532
6. Sean Walsh – 6,348
10. Oluwatosin Edwards – 49.50m