Jan. 23, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's track and field team will look to continue its winning ways at Boston University's Terrier Classic Friday and Saturday in Beantown. The most updated schedule of events for this weekend's meet can be found here. The men's Distance Medley Relay will be held at 2pm on Friday, with the rest of the events taking place on Saturday, Jan. 25. Competition heats up on the track Saturday at 9:45am with the men's 5k, while action is scheduled to begin for field events at 10am.
The Huskies head to Boston after winning their first scored meet of the season last Friday at the Great Dane Classic in New York City. A young UConn squad remained competitive despite a slow start, posting a win in the 4x400 meter relay to clinch the meet.
UConn finished the day with four first-place finishes to claim the Classic for the fourth consecutive year. Robert Rhodes led the way with a gold medal finish in the 500m, beating all runners with a time of 1:03.11 seconds. Rhodes also played a hand in capturing the 4x400 meter race, running the first leg to help teammates Chinedu Amonu, Kyle Twombly, and John Rettenmeier earn the top finish. For his efforts, Rhodes was named American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week on Monday.
Alvaro Chavez grabbed first place in the 1,000 meter run to help the Huskies, while rookie Craig Hunter enjoyed his second first-place finish in as many meets with a leap of 5.05m (16-06.75) in the pole vault.
In anticipation of this weekend's meet, Head Coach Greg Roy had this to say about his hopes for the squad: "This week is `performance week.' The Terrier Classic is not a team scored meet and we are training some of our guys through the meet. The athletes that are in the meet are in a `bombs away' situation. No pressure - we've been done with double workouts for a week now, just get out and go. The big news this week will be the seasonal debut of Darnell Cummings, our captain and last year's BIG EAST 60 meter champion. He will run the 200 meter dash this weekend."