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Huskies Claim BIG EAST Indoor Title

SYRACUSE, NY (Feb. 17, 2002) -- For the first time since 1997, the University of Connecticut men’s track and field team has won the BIG EAST Indoor Championship, amassing 136.5 points to outdistance Villanova and claim the program’s third indoor title.

The Huskies were led on Sunday by senior Elliott Blount (Freeport, NY), who was named Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer, after garnering victories in the 500-meter dash and the 800-meter run with times of 1:03.19 and 1:52.10, respectively. Blount was also a member of UConn’s 4x800-meter relay team, which shattered the school record with a time of 7:34.43 en route to second-place honors.

Senior Dan Wilson (West Haven, CT), also a member of the 4x800-meter relay team, took home first place in the 1,000-meter run with 2:25.26 and scored points in the mile, where he placed fifth.

Junior Mike Deibler (Monroe, NY) claimed first in the high jump with an effort of 6’9” to round out the Husky individual victories on Sunday.

Other noteworthy performances on the day were turned in by freshman Ron Cook (Philadelphia, PA), who finished third in the triple jump after taking third in the long jump on Saturday, and junior Joe Mendel (Wayne, NJ), who took second in the 400-meter dash. Mendel was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay team, which captured second-place honors with a time of 3:14.61.

In addition to Blount’s award, the UConn coaching staff was honored with the Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year Award.

UConn opened the BIG EAST Indoor Championship with a strong effort on Saturday, highlighted by a 1-2-3 finish in the pentathlon as sophomore Will Thomas (Wakefield, RI) took home first place and the meet record with 3,950 points.

The Huskies return to action next weekend at the New England Indoor Championship in Boston, MA. UConn has won the meet each of the past eight seasons.

Final Team Standings
1. Connecticut 136.5

2. Villanova 125
3. Notre Dame 101.75
4. Georgetown 90
5. Seton Hall 66
6. Rutgers 60
7. Miami 49
8. Pittsburgh 35
9. St. John’s 33
10. Syracuse 26
11. West Virginia 20.75
12. Virginia Tech 19
13. Providence 16
14. Boston College 1