May 17, 2014
PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior multi-event athlete Jesse Chapman and freshman pole vault standout Craig Hunter recorded a pair of first place finishes to lead men’s track and field on day two of the IC4A Championships at Princeton, New Jersey. Four other Huskies also qualified for final events, which will take place tomorrow on the last day of competition.
Chapman grabbed first place in the shot put en route to winning the decathlon with 6,825 points. His distance of 13.65m (44-09.5) exceeded his closest competitor’s by over a foot. Second place in the shot put went to Sam Smith, who also captured the silver medal in the decathlon for a 1-2 UConn finish atop the podium.
Smith and Chapman both dominated the throwing events with the duo reversing roles in the javelin throw. Smith took home first in the event with a throw of 55.73m (182-10), while Chapman was able to launch for 50.14m (164-06). Both Chapman and Smith registered their highest overall career finishes at the IC4A decathlon with the results. Sean Walsh also competed in the decathlon and slid into seventh place with 6,107 points. The trio picked up 20 points for Connecticut with their finishes.
Posting a height that matched his record-setting numbers from last week was freshman pole vaulter Craig Hunter. The rookie, who set both the New England Championship and UConn school pole vault record last weekend in Massachusetts, provided an encore performance on Saturday in New Jersey. He once again cleared 5.30m (17-04.50) for his second gold medal finish in as many weeks to claim his first-ever IC4A crown and contribute 10 points to the team total. Teammate Tim Murphy tied for 13th place after clearing 4.80m (15-09.99).
Eric Masington rounded out UConn’s top-three finishes on the day, taking a bronze medal finish in the discus throw. The senior threw for 58.73m (192-08) and collected six points for the Huskies with the finish.
Four Huskies earned spots in Sunday finals, led by Robert Rhodes in the 800m. The sophomore recorded the fifth-best qualifying time after crossing the finish line in 1:49.39 to punch a ticket to the finals.
Also headed to a Sunday final will be Darnell Cummings in the 100m dash. Cummings posted a time of 10.86 in his preliminary heat to advance to the semifinals, where he shaved his time down to 10.72 for the eight and final berth in Sunday’s 100m final.
Michael O’Donnell crossed the finish line in 3:49.57 for a chance to compete in tomorrow’s 1,500m championship while the 4x800m quartet of Nick O’Leary, Bryan Fowler, Philip Caldwell and Nick Bertoline posted a time of 7:38.68 for the right to challenge in tomorrow’s penultimate championship event.
Connecticut enters the final day of competition with 36 points as a team. Action begins again on Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. with the shot put.
1. Jesse Chapman – 6,825 points
2. Sam Smith – 6,662 points
7. Sean Walsh – 6,107 points
33. Oluwatosin Edwards – 49.76m (163-03)
1. Craig Hunter – 5.30m (17-04.50)
T-13. Tim Murphy – 4.80m (15-09.00)
11. Harley Lacroix – 6.96m (22-10.00)
15. John Landis – 6.87m (22-06.50)
3. Eric Masington – 58.73m (192-08)
28. Bryan Fowler – 14:47.58