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Huskies Head to the Big Apple for Columbia Challenge

Jan. 25, 2018

STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's track & field team will head to New York City this weekend to take part in the Columbia Challenge at the NYC Armory.  The Huskies will send a limited lineup to this year's two-day event that kicks off on Friday morning.

The Huskies will complete in a stacked field that features the likes of Albany, BYU, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn, St. John's, South Carolina, UCLA, Villanova, and Wisconsin.  Live results for the meet can be found by at and fans can stream the meet live at USATF.TV

Head coach Greg Roy shared his thoughts on the weekend, "This will be a very high quality meet.  UCLA, Oregon, Duke, Missouri, Penn, us, Villanova, Georgetown.  Places are at a premium in this meet and it will be very, very hard to score.  We're not bringing our full squad, but we are bringing some of our top guys and they will be ready to go."

"We are progressing toward the conference championship while at the same time paying homage to the fact that is a heck of a track and field meet in a great place, the Big Apple."

Junior Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) will compete in the long jump this weekend.  Snead owns the top-jump in both the long jump and triple jump this season in the American Athletic Conference rankings.  Snead’s leap of 25’2.00” (7.67m) in the long jump at the UConn Multi-Event Challenge in early December.  That distance set a new school record and ranks 10th in the NCAA.



Senior Michael O'Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) is set to run the mile while also leading off the Huskies distance relay.  O'Donnell ran the 3,000 meters at the Great Dane Classic two weeks ago and currently has the second fastest time in the AAC this season at 8:12.97. 

Classmate Trent Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) is set to run in the 200m in New York this weekend.  This will be Beram's first race in the 200m this season.  He competed in the 600m back in December at the BU Season Opener, finishing fourth (1:21.41). 

UConn rookie Tyler Gleen (Trumbull, Conn.) will also run this weekend.  Gleen is off to a strong start to the indoor season, recording the fastest time in 800m this season in the AAC rankings, clocking a 1:50.30 time at the Boston University Season Opener in December.  His time is also the 14th fastest in the NCAA thus far this season.

After this weekend's Columbia Challenge, the Huskies will take part in the 2018 New England Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston.