Jan. 30, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team will seek continue its early success when it travels to Kingston, Rhode Island for the Coaches Tribute Invitational hosted by URI on Saturday, Feb. 1. The host institution claimed the title last year and the University of New Hampshire, who will return for 2014, grabbed second place.
The Huskies will square off against non-conference opponents in Boston University, Brown, Bryant, Fordham, UMass Lowell, Providence, URI, Stonehill, New Hampshire and CCSU. The schools will provide a solid measuring stick for UConn as they continue making strides towards vying for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship in the end of February.
“The competition at the Coaches Tribute Invitational will be a good test of how our team has developed to date,” said Head Coach Greg Roy in anticipation of the weekend. “Rhode Island is a fully funded program with a nice Indoor facility and a great Track and Field tradition. They are the only team to be beat us in New England in the last 20 years, having done it once in indoor and once in outdoor.”
UConn be tested by regional opponents on Saturday that will help prepare the squad to compete for a conference championship. “A number of schools that will be in attendance are developing highly competitive programs,” Coach Roy explained. “Providence and Boston University are fully funded and developing competitive programs. Brown is a solid Ivy League program and UMass Lowell is on the rise with a strong commitment to track and field as they make the move from Division II to Division I. In short, we will have our hands full on Saturday.”
The relay teams and pole vaulters have performed at consistently high levels over the past three meets, and the Huskies will look to maintain that success as part of a strong team showing against stiff competition. “The coaching staff is anxious to see how our kids react to this test as we continue to progress toward the AAC Championships in a month,” concluded Coach Roy.
Field events will kick off the meet with the men’s weight throw beginning at 11:00am and the high jump following at 11:30am. Action on the track heats up in the afternoon when the 60m hurdles get underway at 12:15pm.
For a complete schedule of events, directions, and additional information, follow the link above labeled ‘Coaches Tribute Information.’ Be sure to check back to uconnhuskies.com for posted results as they become available.