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Two School Records Fall As UConn Men’s Track and Field Finishes Fourth at BIG EAST Championship

SYRACUSE, NY - The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team combined for 79 points to finish fourth at the 2001 BIG EAST Indoor Championship held Saturday and Sunday in Syracuse, NY. Georgetown won the team title for the fourth consecutive season and 11th overall as the Hoyas scored 130.5.

Laban Marsh highlighted the Huskies Sunday competition as he won the BIG EAST title in both the 60m dash and the pole vault with a time of 6.78 and a height of 16’ 2 3/4”. Both broke the Connecticut school records as Marsh set the 60m mark last season in a time of 6.83 and Jamie Fink’s pole vault height of 16’ 1” had stood since 1992. Marsh took the 60m crown in dramatic fashion breaking the tape .02 seconds ahead of Miami’s Phillip Buchanon. The time was just .01 second behind the meet record of 6.77, which is owned by Miami’s Santana Moss.

Also turning in top performances on Sunday were Joe Mendel and Corey Pusey. Mendel turned in the quickest time of any competitor, 48.70, in the 400m prelims on his way to a fourth place finish in the finals in a time of 48.51. Pusey, who finished second in the weight throw yesterday, took third in the shot put with a distance of 53’ 2 1/4”.

On Saturday, it was the pentathlon group that contributed the most to the opening day effort as Mark Jellison won the competition with a score of 3,830, while teammate William Thomas finished as the runner-up tallying 3,678 points. Pusey led the way for UConn in the weight throw as the competition came down to the last two throws of the finals. Pusey came up big with a mark of 62’ 5 3/4” in order to finish second behind Georgetown’s Sean Flynn. Flynn, who fouled out on his first two attempts, recorded a 62’ 8” on the way to his third consecutive crown. Pusey’s distance provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor National Championship.

In all, UConn had five athletes qualify for the IC4A Championship in six different events plus the 4x400m-relay team, The championship will be held March 3-4 in Boston, MA. Next up on UConn’s schedule is the New England Championship to be held Feb. 23-24, in Boston MA. The Huskies will be in search of their eight straight title.