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 Finks 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 Miamis Phillip Buchanon. The time was just .01 second behind the meet record of 6.77, which is owned by Miamis 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 Georgetowns Sean Flynn. Flynn, who fouled out on his first two attempts, recorded a 62 8 on the way to his third consecutive crown. Puseys 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 UConns
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.