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Huskies Finish Fourth at AAC Championship

May 13, 2018

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - The 2018 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships wrapped up on Sunday night and the UConn Huskies took fourth place with three individual titles and seven all-conference performances over the weekend.

"We competed well all weekend, our guys really competed well," stated head coach Greg Roy.  "On the pre-meet board going in we were projected around 80 points and we ended up with 112 points.  We did get better today and we got better this weekend. Great bunch of kids and a great a team."

The Huskies finished with a total of 112 points over the weekend.  The Houston Cougars won their third-straight AAC Outdoor Championship, piling up 172 points.  Memphis took second place with 147.5 points and Wichita State was third at 130 points.

Senior Craig Hunter (Robbinsville, N.J.) took the home the crown in the pole vault, the first gold medal at the AAC of his stellar career.  Hunter bested the field with a height of 5.15 meters (16'10.75") to take the top spot and lead three Huskies who scored in the event.  "We are thrilled that Craig got his conference tile today," commented Roy.  Junior Ian Bergere (Madison, Conn.) took fifth with a height of 5.00 meters (16'4.75") and senior Chandler Ives (Simsbury, Conn.) was sixth clearing the bar at 4.85 meters (15'11"), both season-best heights for Bergere and Ives.

Freshman Daniel Claxton (Long Island, N.Y.) earned the title in the high jump at his first collegiate outdoor championship.  Claxton took the gold with a season-best jump of 2.16 meters (7'1"). He was followed by classmate Safir Scott (Greenwich, Conn.) who took second place to earn All-AAC honors with a height of 2.12 meters (6'11.5").  " Our two freshman were unbelievable in the high jump, just spectacular", stated Roy. "And they go one-two just as fellow freshman Tyler Gleen was crossing the line in the 800 meters.  Just a great stretch there from our freshmen."

On the track, senior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) turned in an all-conference performance in the 400 meters with a season place finish.  Beram clocked in at 46.82 seconds, his fastest time this spring. Beram followed that by scoring in the 200 meters as well with a fourth place finish in a time of 21.07 seconds.  He also helped lead the Huskies 4x100 relay team to their fastest time of the season, running with freshman Tyler Moore (Hamilton, N.J.), sophomore Nile Uzzell (Somerset, N.J.) and r-freshman Jordan Torney (Toms River, N.J.) to finish fifth in 40.50 seconds.

Freshman Tyler Gleen (Trumbull, Conn.) earned an All-AAC finish in the 800 meters thanks to a third place finish.  Gleen clocked in at 1:51.68 to garner all-conference accolades in his first collegiate outdoor championship.

Senior Michael O'Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) scored points for the Huskies in both the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters.  In the 1,500, O'Donnell finished in fourth place with a time of 4:04.59 and he took eighth in the 5,000 with a time of 15:07.24.  Junior PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.) was seventh in the 1,500 meters finishing in a time of 4:05.07.  Junior Kyle Brackman (Berkley Heights, N.J.) took fifth in the 5,000 meters with at time of 14:58.68.

In the javelin, seniors Seth Zuidema (Midland Park, N.J.) and Kevin Foster (Groton, Conn.) scored point for the Huskies thanks to a fourth and sixth place finish, respectively.  Zuidema came in with a throw of 69.00 meters (226'4") while Foster had a throw of 67.85 meters (222'7").

"The javelin was just crazy, unbelievable today," stated Roy.  "Our guys were good today and had solid throws but look at the two guys from Wichita State who had two of the best throws in the country today. Just an unbelievable field."

Sophomore Ivan Nyemeck (Quebec City, Quebec) scored in the triple jump, taking seventh with a leap of 14.97 meters (49'1.50"), his best jump of the season.

Next up for the Huskies will be the NCAA East Regional Championship at USF in Tampa, Fla. on May 24-26.