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Huskies Wrap Up Day Two of AAC Championship

May 12, 2018

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - The UConn Huskies concluded the second day of the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday and sit in fourth place in the nine-team field heading into Sunday.  The final day will get underway on Sunday with field events at Gettler Stadium at the University of Cincinnati.

Through six scored events, the Huskies have 31 total points, tied with the host Bearcats, a point behind Houston in third and two points back of Memphis in second.  AAC newcomer Wichita State leads the field heading into Sunday with 46 total points.  Sunday's final day of competition will feature 15 scored events.

"We did everything we could today in moving people through, getting what we expected on the track," commented head coach Greg Roy.  "I really thought our decathletes did a great job.  Caleb (Kasupski) came through with a huge performance, posting a 300 point PR and Jordan (Torney) did a great job."

UConn picked-up points on Saturday in the decathlon and in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.  In the decathlon, junior Caleb Kasupski (South Burlington, Vt.) finished in fourth place overall collecting a career best 6,893 points.  R-Freshman Jordan Torney (Toms River, N.J.) was sixth overall, finishing with 6,669 points, his career best point total as well.

Kasupski had a big Saturday, vaulting up from eighth place to fourth.  He won the discus on Saturday with a throw of 46.43 meters (152'4") to set a new AAC decathlon discus record and was second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.50 meters (14'9").  Torney won the 100 meter dash on Friday, clocking in at 10.88 seconds.

Day two wrapped up on Saturday night with the 3,000 meter steeplechase as junior Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.) scored for the Huskies with a sixth place finish, clocking at 9:17.63 .  "Kyle (Barber) was in decent shape with about 600 meters to go but just couldn't hang on.  He did a nice job and still picked-up some points. It was a heck of a race with two of the top steeplechasers in the country in Tulane's Rotich and Houston's Barraza."

Husky senior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) ran his way into the finals of the 400 meters with a time of 47.01 seconds, fourth fastest prelim time.  Beram will run in both the 200 and 400 meter finals on Sunday.

In the 1,500 meters, senior Michael O'Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) and junior PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.) both qualified for Sunday's final.  Garmon ran the fifth fastest time on Saturday, clocking in at 3:56.32 while O'Donnell was eighth with a time of 3:58.92.

Friday saw the Huskies grab points highlighted by sophomore Cameron Thompson (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) defending his title with a gold in the hammer and junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) taking bronze in the 10,000 meters.

Sunday's final day of competition kicks off at 10 am with the javelin.  Sunday's field events will also include the pole vault, shot put, high jump and triple jump.  On the track, UConn will have runners in the finals of the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meters and will also run the 5,000 meters as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

"With a bunch of great teams all bunched up at the top, it is going to be a real battle royal tomorrow," stated the head coach.  "We are looking forward to what should be a heck of a track meet.  We are right where we need to be  and now we need to go out and compete tomorrow."




 

 

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