BU Season Opener Results
BOSTON, Mass. – The UConn men's track and field team kicked-off their indoor season on Saturday taking part in the Boston University Season Opener at the BU Track and Tennis Center.
“We haven’t competed in the month of December in 20 years, so we were a little unsure about the meet, in what we could expect,” commented head coach Greg Roy. “Having said that, I think we saw some really good performances today.”
In the field events, the Huskies had a first place finish in the triple jump and also took third and fourth in the event. Junior Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) was the event winner with a leap of 51’11.75” (15.84m). Sophopmore Nile Uzzell (Somerset, N.J.) was third overall with a jump of 48’3.25” (14.71m) and classmate Ivan Nyemeck (Quebec City, Quebec) took fourth with a distance of 46’11.00” (14.30m).
Senior Craig Hunter led an UConn contingent in the pole vault, taking second place overall, clearing a height of 16’6.75” (5.05m). Junior Ian Bergere (Madison, Conn.) was fourth with a height of 16’0.75” (4.90m).
A pair of Huskies were in the top-five in the high jump led by freshman Safir Scott who tied for the top spot with Albany’s Kingsley Ogbonna, both clearing the bar at 6’9.75” (2.08m). Freshman Benjamin Gross was fourth with a height of 6’2.75” (1.90m).
In the shot put, UConn freshmen Matthew Brady and Todd Stueber qualified for the finals and finished third and seventh, respectively. Brady came up with a heave of 53’6.50” (16.32m) while Stueber came in with a distance of 50’00.75” (15.26m). In the weight thrown, UConn's Sebastian Castano was third with a toss of 55’5.00” (16.89m) and Cameron Thompson placed fifth with a throw of 51’5.50” (15.68m).
On the track, UConn put five runners in the top-eight of the 600-meter final led by freshman Terrell Cunningham (Danbury, Conn.) who finished in 1:21.07 for third place. Right on Cunningham’s heels was senior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) in fourth at 1:21.41, sophomore Daniel Linehan (Norwalk, Conn.) in fifth at 1:21.69 and junior Kyle Trocki (Shrewsbury, Mass.) in sixth at 1:21.69. Omar Gebril came in eighth at 1:22.33. In the 800-meters, freshman Tyler Gleen (Shelton, Conn.) picked-up a second place finish, posting a time of 1:50.30. Freshman Josh Bedard (Tolland, Conn.) was eighth in the event with a time of 1:56.16.
In the mile, junior PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.) turned in a sixth place finish in the finals with a time of 4:18.10. In the 1,000-meters, UConn freshmen Brian Camillieri (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Connor Ratte (Coventry, Conn.) were seventh and eighth, respectively, with times of 2:31.64 and 2:32.14. The 3,000-meters had a pair of Huskies in the top-10 as well with sophomore James Mas (Shelton, Conn.) clinching fifth with a time of 8:10.00 and sophomore Eric Van Der Els (Norwalk, Conn.) taking ninth at 8:10.00.
Qualifying for the finals of the 60m dash was sophomore Stedman Cook (Ft. Washington, Md.) who clocked in with a time of 7.13 seconds in the prelims. In the final, Cook took home fourth, crossing the finish line in a clocking of 6.99 seconds.
“Malik in the triple jump, to win that with only two jumps, and Craig in the pole vault, very impressive,” stated Roy. “In the 800, great openers as freshmen for Tyler and Josh and I thought all our guys in 600 did a great job.”
“We kind of came out and took a peak of where we are at. Now we get back to school, finish our finals and get back to training, working hard to get ready to dive in come January.”
The Huskies will close out the fall semester by hosting the UConn Heptathlon on Thursday and Friday at the Hugh S. Greer Field House.