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Men's Track & Field Heads to Ohio for BIG EAST Championships

Jake Waruch looks to repeat as BIG EAST champion this weekend at the SPIRE Institute.

Feb. 15, 2013

Championship Central | Huskies in the BIG EAST   

STORRS, Conn.- The UConn men's track and field team historically has found great success at the BIG EAST Championships and will look to return to the top of the podium on Saturday and Sunday at the SPIRE  Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Since 2002, either Connecticut or Notre Dame has taken the men's title, and the Huskies enter the weekend looking to notch their ninth indoor conference crown.

The Huskies concluded the 2012 indoor league meet in second place with three first places, two second place finishes and three bronze medals. Connecticut returns all three individual champions as Jake Waruch captured the title in the heptathlon, Tim Bennatan was the first to cross the finish line in the 1,000 meter run and Noel James grabbed the top spot in the high jump.

Each returning champ looks to repeat in Ohio this weekend following a strong start to the season with James currently sitting in first in the conference in the high jump after a leap of 2.14m at Yale, while Waruch is currently fourth in the BIG EAST in the heptathlon.

UConn has 31 Huskies who have registered top ten performances in the BIG EAST this year, including four student-athletes owning the top performance of the campaign. Junior Darnell Cummings sits atop the 60 meter dash (6.78) list and is second (21.45) in the 200m dash, while junior Jesse Chapman is first in the league in the heptathlon with 5,228 points. Joining James as first in the conference in a field event is junior Eric Masington who is first in the shot put after a toss of 17.87m at the UConn Winter Invite.

Check back to on Sunday for final results and recap. To watch the competition live, click here. Saturday's events are slated to begin at 11 a.m. and Sunday's events will start at 9 a.m.