May 9, 2014
WESTFIELD, Ma. - Sophomore distance runner Ned Wilson placed third in the 10,000m run to net the first points of the weekend as the University of Connecticut men's track and field team opened competition on day two of the New England Championship on Friday in Massachusetts.
Wilson finished just off of his pace from The American Championship last weekend in Tampa but produced the same result. The sophomore took home his second bronze medal in as many weeks with a time of 31:34.20 and picked up six points for the Huskies.
Results from the javelin throw, which was also scored on Friday afternoon, showed Kevin Foster finishing in 10th place for UConn while Adam Boucher claimed 13th. Foster launched for a distance of 55.30m (181-05) while Boucher threw for 53.80m (176-06).
Four Huskies recorded qualifying times to advance to Saturday finals. Sprinter Darnell Cummings paced the squad with a second place finish in the preliminary heat of the 200m dash. His time of 21.93 was just .22 seconds off the top qualifier in Rhode Island's Jalen Young. When Connecticut hosted Rhode Island as part of the New England Challenge Meet on April 19, Cummings broke loose to Edwards in both the 100m and 200m dashes, posting a time of 21.31 in the latter. He will look to replicate that performance tomorrow.
In other qualifying action, Robert Hovanec crossed the finish line at the 49.18 mark to earn a spot in Saturday's 400m dash finals. Senior Kyle Twombly's time of 49.32 just missed the cut for qualifying.
James Lowe and Jesse Chapman finished 15th and 17th, respectively, in the 110m hurdles preliminary heat. The pair did not advance to Saturday's finals, though Lowe avenged that effort with a 54.00 second effort in the 400m hurdles to place sixth and cement a spot in the finals. Aaeron Sykes will join him there, as his time of 54.34 was good for seventh place and a qualifying score. Nigel Walker finished the 400m hurdles in 55.38, falling just short of the marker.
The men will get back to work tomorrow afternoon for the final day of competition. Kicking off the day will be the discus throwers at 12:00 p.m. Live stats can be viewed by following the link posted above, while a link to the main page of the championships is also provided.
3. Ned Wilson - 31:34.20 (6 pts.)
10. Kevin Foster - 55.30m (181-05)
13. Adam Boucher - 53.80m (176-06)