May 5, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J.- University of Connecticut men’s track and field had an exciting weekend at Rutgers where the Huskies captured their 13th BIG EAST Championship crown in a close competition with their league opponents. The Huskies bring the title back to Storrs after recording 119.5 points at the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, while second place Notre Dame finished with 107.5 points. This marks the fourth outdoor conference crown for the squad.
The UConn coaching staff was selected the Outdoor Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year. This marks the fourth time that head coach Greg Roy and his staff have earned the accolade in the indoor and outdoor season the same year. This is the third time that Connecticut has claimed both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same campaign after doing so in 2002 and 2011.
“This was truly a team and program win. This team faced more adversity than maybe any team I've ever had, and responded like the champions that they are,” stated Roy. “To win the last true BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championship is something everyone associated with the program will cherish. Our decathletes set the table on the first two days and the rest of the kids finished it off today.”
Jesse Chapman was the lone Husky to reach the top of the podium and Connecticut finished the meet with 15 top-five finishes.
Senior Chris Whyte led the Huskies on the track on Sunday as he captured second place in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 53.21, while Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) claimed third in the 110 meter hurdles after crossing the finish line in 13.93.
Alvaro Chavez (West Windsor, N.J.) and Alex Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) earned four points in the 800m grabbing sixth (1:51.78) and eighth (1:52.60) place, respectively.
In his final conference meet, senior Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.) totaled eight points after reaching the podium in the 100m dash and finishing seventh (21.76) in the 200. Drinks claimed the bronze in the 100m on Sunday with a time of 10.46.
The UConn relay teams tacked on 14 points with the 4x800 team (James Agati, Alvaro Chavez, Alex Benntan, Tim Bennatan) registering the highest finish clocking in at 7:36.60 for third place. Connecticut’s 4x400 team (Kyle Twombly, Whyte, Robert Rhodes, Robert Hovanec) took fourth in 3:13.18 and the 4x100 relay squad (David Kenney, Kevin Smith, Tyler Hopson, Hovanec) finished sixth in 41.91.
On the field, Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.) headed to the podium for the second time in as many days after recording a toss of 51.88m (170-02) in the discus for third place.
Cory Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) captured second place in the pole vault with a personal best of 5.15 meters for the silver and eight points.
The championship season continues for the Huskies next weekend when the team heads to Princeton, N.J. for the three-day IC4A Championships beginning on Friday.