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Robert Rhodes Earns American Track Athlete of the Week

Robert Rhodes

Jan. 21, 2014

STORRS, Conn. – University of Connecticut sophomore Robert Rhodes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has been named the American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week. Rhodes helped the track and field team to its fourth consecutive Great Dane Classic title last Friday in New York.

The Brooklyn native posted a first place finish in the 500 meter dash with a time of 1:03.11 to start the afternoon for the Huskies. The mark proved to be an NEICAAA and IC4A qualifying time. Rhodes then continued to shine on the first leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that captured gold with a 3:14.79 finish. The 4x400 squad also took home an NEICAAA and IC4A qualifying score and sealed the meet win for the Huskies. Rhodes’ efforts helped turn around a slow start for the young Husky squad, propelling Connecticut to win the meet over Buffalo by just over two points.

Head Coach Greg Roy on Robert Rhodes: “Rob is a talented student and athlete.  He has been very successful in our Engineering program while earning All-Big East honors in the 800m as a freshman.  A four-time High School All-American, he is making the type of progress we’d like to see on a daily basis.  A young leader, his best days are way down the road, and it is exciting to see him start to develop the way we envisioned.  His efforts at the Great Dane were timely and energizing to his teammates.”

Rhodes and the Huskies ship up to Boston on Friday for the Terrier Classic hosted by Boston University. Start time is set for 10:30am.