UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (Feb. 2, 2002) -- With seven first-place performances, the University of Connecticut mens track and field team tied Penn State for first place with 134 points at Ashenfelter Indoor Track in University Park, PA, Saturday afternoon. Princeton finished third with 93 points.
Two school records fell, as senior All-American Elliott Blount (Freeport, NY) and junior Joe Mendel (Wayne, NJ) captured first-place honors in the 800-meter run and the 400-meter dash, respectively. Blount ran a time of 1:48.66 in the 800-meters, breaking the previous school best of 1:50.02, recorded by Kevin Jensen in 2000. Blounts time was also the fastest-ever at Ashenfelter Track and provisionally qualified Blount for the NCAA Championship. Mendel notched a time of 47.37 in the 400-meters, narrowly breaking a previous school record of 47.4, set by Rohan Freeman in 1987.
Senior All-American Dan Wilson (West Haven, CT) recorded the most first-place finishes for the Huskies with three victories on the day. Wilson finished first in the mile with 4:08.61 and also took home top honors in the 1,000-meter run with 2:25.88. Wilson was also a part of UConns 4x800-meter relay squad which also placed first with 7:35.53, a shade off the school record.
Sophomore Ricky Gross (Nanuet, NY) and junior Mark Jellison (Reading, MA) also notched victories for UConn. Gross finished first in the 60-meter hurdles with 8.07 while Jellison had the best long jump of the day with an effort of 239 1/2. Jellison also placed second behind Gross in the 60-meter hurdles with 8.11.
In addition to seven first-place performances, UConn athletes notched 10 other top-three finishes.
The UConn mens track and field team returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 9, at the St. Valentines Invitational in Boston, MA.