Jan. 7, 2012
STORRS, Conn.-The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team started the 2012 indoor season at home on Saturday afternoon at the UConn Winter Invite posting eight first place finishes.
In the first field event of the afternoon, junior Joshua Faboyede (Providence, R.I.) captured first place in the weight throw with a toss of 18.07 meters, more than two meters further than the second place finisher, and freshman John Wlasuk (Newton, Conn.) took third place with a 14.50 meter throw.
Captain Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, N.J.) started his senior campaign with a first place finish in the shot put with a toss of 17.08m as Wlasuk finished second with 16.08m and senior Kyle Rowbotham (Scotch Plains, N.J.) finished 7th (13.24m).
Freshman Amanze Williams (New Haven, Conn.) broke Connecticut’s indoor long jump record on his first career leap with 7.61m jump breaking the previous record of 7.53m. Junior captain Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) also competed in the long jump for Connecticut taking sixth place (6.71m).
Williams continued his stellar first collegiate meet with a first place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 14.39 meters. Following Williams was freshman Treval Hatcher (Riverhead, N.Y.) placed third with a jump of 13.78 meters.
UConn claimed the top three seats in the high jump with sophomore Noel James (Whitman, Mass.) topping the charts with a 2.16m jump as freshman Toby Belton (Westminster, Mass.) and freshman Mark Fuller (Monroe, Conn.) placed second (2.00m) and third (1.95m), respectively.
In the final field event of the day the Huskies once again took the first three spots in the pole vault as senior captain Kyle Duggan (Staten, Island, N.Y.) finished first with a jump of 4.70m, while his brother Cory Duggan took second place with 4.70m and senior Matt Alexander (Tolland, Conn.) was third with a jump of 4.55m.
In the first track event of the afternoon UConn had two place in the top-five of the 1,000m with junior Joe Clark (West Islip, N.Y.) taking second place in a time of 2:25.37 and junior Nick Aguila (West Hartford, Conn.) finished fourth (2:32.02).
Twins Tim and Alex Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) captured the first (4:11.85) and second (4:17.46) places in the mile, respectively as junior Ryan McGuire shortly followed in third in a time of 4:17.82.
In the 600 meter run the Huskies had three complete the race in the top-five with sophomore Paul DeSalvo (Plymouth, Minn.) leading the pack in second place in a time of 1:21.55 followed by junior Chris Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) in third (1:22.04) and sophomore Chris Dailey (Dallas, Pa.) in fourth (1:23.22).
Kyle Twombly (Penfield, N.Y.) led the Huskies in the 400 meter dash with a second place finish in a time of 49.82 with senior Tyler Hopson (Andover, Conn.) right behind for a third place finish in 50.02.
Maxwell Selwyn and sophomore Jesse Chapman (East Thetford, Vt.) claimed the top two seats of the 55 meter hurdles with times of 7.63 and 7.97, respectively. Junior captain Ben Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) took fourth place with a time of 8.01, while J. Waruch took 6th (8.22) and Rowbotham finished 7th (8.27).
Connecticut concluded the afternoon with a second place finish in the 2,200 Sprint Medley.
The Huskies had four competitors in the top-five of the 55 meter dash with junior Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.) finishing second (6.42), sophomore Darnell Cummings (Milbrook, N.Y.) was third (6.42), senior Kevin Smith (Harwinton, Conn.) took fourth in 6.49 and senior Kevin Steinberg (Langhorne, Pa.) was fifth (6.51).
The Huskies will host the UConn Invite Heptathlon on Thursday and Friday, January 12-13, at the Greer Field House for a non-scoring meet set to start at 11 a.m. Following the home event, the team will travel to the Yale Invitational on Saturday, January 14 in New Haven, Conn.