May 31, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Senior thrower Eric Masington earned his first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship on Saturday afternoon at the East Regional in Jacksonville, Florida. Masington threw for 57.85m (189-9.00) in the discus throw to take eleventh place and advance to his first-ever NCAA Final.
"We are proud of and excited for Eric Masington, as he has taken the next step towards a National Championship," said head coach Greg Roy of the achievement. "Brian, Craig, Rob and Chinedu competed well and gained valuable experience, as they will be back next year."
Masington, whose distance ranked eleventh in the Regional, will be the lone Husky to advance to the NCAA Championship and represent UConn men’s track and field June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.
Freshman Craig Hunter concluded a stellar freshman campaign with a 23rd place finish in the pole vault. Hunter cleared 5.17m (16-11.50) in Saturday’s event. He was one of seven freshmen to place in the event.
Junior thrower Brian Eilers also capped his season when he finished 31st in the javelin. Eilers launched for 61.34m (201-3.00) in Thursday’s event.
On the track, Robert Rhodes and Chinedu Amonu represented the Huskies in the 800m and 400m runs, respectively. Rhodes posted a time of 1:50.07 in the 800m preliminary heat while Amonu clocked 47.91 in the 400m prelim. Neither were able to advance to quarterfinals.
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