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Huskies Off to Strong Start at AAC Championship

May 11, 2018

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - The first day of the 2018 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship is in the books and after two scored events, the UConn Huskies are in the lead with 20 points.  The event continues on Saturday and Sunday from Gettler Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

The Huskies picked-up points in both the hammer throw and the 10,000 meters on Friday and qualified runners for the finals in the 200 and 800 meters.  UConn sophomore Cameron Thompson (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) successfully defended his AAC title in the hammer, winning the event for the second-straight season.

"The hammer throw really set a great tone to the day," stated head coach Greg Roy.  "Those guys did a really did a nice job with a big PR for Cameron (Thompson).  And Sebastian (Castano) did a great job setting a new personal best at least four or five times during the event."

Thompson bested the field with a career-best throw of 63.19 meters (207'3"), a mark that also set a new AAC meet record in the event in winning him the gold.  Junior Sebastian Castano (Crestkill, N.J.) grabbed the Huskies a point with an eighth place finish.  Castano recorded a personal best throw of 55.31 meters (181'5").

On the track, the Huskies had three runners score in the 10,000 meters led by junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) who picked-up the bronze and All-AAC honors.  Begley battled an injury down the stretch of the race to gut out a third place finish with a time of 31:24.82. "In the 10k, Pat (Begley) was right there and going for the win when he got hit win an ankle injury with about 1000 meters to go.  It was tough but he somehow was able to limp and fight his way to the finish.  Having an all-conference performance like that, a heck of a job by him."

"We were able to pick-up a few more points in the 10K with Brackman and Fiol," commented Roy.  Sophomore Kyle Brackman (Berkley Heights, N.J.) ran in seventh with a time of 32:14.85 and senior Aidan Fiol (Fairfield, Conn.) was eighth with a time of 32:26.26.

A pair of Huskies in senior Trentan Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and freshman Tyler Gleen (Trumbull, Conn.) advanced out of the prelims to Sunday's final in the 200 meters and 800 meters, respectively.  "Also on the track, (Tyler) Gleen moved on like a pro while Trent (Beram) posting his best time of the season in the 200 and looked really good."

Beram had his best time this spring at 20.96 seconds to move on to the finals in the 200 meters.  Gleen, running in his first collegiate outdoor championship, moved on to Sunday's final in the 800 with a time of 1:52.15.

"Our decathletes did a nice job on day one and had some strong performances as well.  We're looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow."  Through five events, r-freshman Jordan Torney (Toms River, N.J.) sits in fifth place in the field with 3,706 points.  Torney picked-up a win in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.88 seconds to open the day and was third in the 400 meters to close the day, clocking in at 48.05 seconds.

The championship meet continues on Saturday with the decathlon kicking things of at 10:30 am with the 110-meter hurdles.  The field events get underway at 12:30 pm with the discus and the track events get underway at 5:00 pm with more prelims.