May 5, 2001
PISCATAWAY, N.J.- Freshman William Thomas (Wakefield, RI) won the decathlon and junior Corey Pusey (Vernon, CT) captured the shot put Saturday to help propel the University of Connecticut into fourth place with 34 points after the second day of competition at the 2001 BIG EAST Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Thomas totaled 7,303 points in winning the decathlon. Thomas took the lead in the decathlon's third event, the shot put, and led for the remainder of the 10-event competition. UConn made it a one-two finish in the decathlon as junior Mike Boney (East Haven, CT) was second with a score of 6,831 points.
In the shot put, Connecticut maintained its dominance of the event as Pusey placed first with a throw of 56'2". It was the fourth consecutive year that a UConn athlete had won the shot put. Connecticut's Ray Wilks was a three-time shot put victor from 1998-2000.
UConn's other points on Saturday came from a fifth place finish at 6'7" from sophomore Raffael Craig (Woodbine, NJ) in the high jump and a seven place finish by Ken Goglas (Raldolph, NJ) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
The BIG EAST Championship meet concludes on Sunday with finals scheduled in 15 events.
2001 BIG EAST Conference
Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship
After Day Two-Saturday, May 5, 2001
West Virginia 50, Georgetown 48, Connecticut 34, Notre Dame 34, Villanova 25, Pittsburgh 24, Rutgers 19, Syracuse 15, Miami 10, Boston College 6, Providence 6, Virginia Tech 2.
Decathlon: William Thomas-1st-7,303 points, Mike Boney-2nd-6,831.
3000 Meter Steeplechase: Ken Goglas-7th-9:11.76.
Shot Put: Corey Pusey-1st-56'2".
High Jump: Raffael Craig-5th-6'7".