Men’s Track Wins Second Straight BIG EAST Indoor Championship
NEW YORK CITY (February 22, 2009) - The University of Connecticut men’s indoor track and field team won their second straight BIG EAST Indoor Championship title defeating Notre Dame and 11 other BIG EAST teams with a total of 138.5 points Sunday. The last team to win back-to-back championship titles was Georgetown in 2000 and 2001. This is UConn’s seventh BIG EAST indoor title and fifth since 2002. Notre Dame finished the two-day championship with 134 total points falling just short for the second year in a row.
After the meet, the Huskies took home two major awards for the second straight year. The coaching staff of Head Coach Greg Roy, Associate Head Coach Ted Gibbons, Assistant Coach Rich Miller and Assistant Coach Museveni Akanno was named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year for the second year in a row. Junior Mike Rutt (Sinking Springs, Pa.) was named BIG EAST Track Performer of the Year after his first place finish in the 800m run with a meet record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:49.17. Rutt also took second place in the 500m dash with a time of 1:02.90.
The Huskies took home two more individual titles as sophomore Aaron King (Wharton, N.J.) won his second straight heptathlon setting an Armory record of 5,460 points, provisionally qualifying for NCAAs with his victory and setting a new personal best. Senior Andrew Dubs (Holland, Pa.) took home his second straight indoor shot put title and fourth straight BIG EAST shot put title with an NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 17.99m (59-0.25). Dubs’ throw was an indoor personal best.
Some other top performances on the field side of things for the Huskies included senior Marquis Thomas’ (Boston, Mass.) second place finish in the high jump as he launched himself 2.14m (7-0.25). Senior Ellis Gaulden (Tallahassee, Fla.) the returning BIG EAST champion in the high jump settled for fourth place this year with a height of 2.10m (6-10.75).
King, who already had one NCAA provisional qualifying score in the heptathlon, recorded another in the long jump competition with a third-place jump of 7.58m (24-10.5). Sophomore Patrick Sampson (Middletown, R.I.) finished in fifth place in the weight throw with the best toss of his career sending his 35-lb. weight 17.72m (58-1.75).
On the track side, junior Anthony Burris (Bridgeport, Conn.) and senior Anthony Pomo (Saddle Brook, N.J.) finished in third and fourth in the 60m dash with IC4A qualifying times of 6.83 and 6.89 respectively. Senior Brian Gagnon (Lowell, Mass.) finished in the top-five in the 800m and 500m runs. Both of his times were IC4A qualifiers coming at 1:51.78 (800m) and 1:03.97 (500m).
The relay squad brought home a third place victory in the 4x400m relay with their best time of the year, 3:14.16, upping their time from last week by three seconds. They finished in fifth in the 4x800m relay also with their best time of the year of 7:35.92, besting their performance at Yale Invitational by six seconds.
The Huskies will continue with their indoor season at the New England Championships next weekend February 27 and 28. UConn has won 14 New England titles in the last 15 years.
1. Connecticut 138.50
2. Notre Dame 134
3. Louisville 114
4. Syracuse 68
5. Georgetown 66
6. Seton Hall 59
7. Villanova 47
8. Rutgers 46.5
9. Providence 43
10. DePaul 19
10. South Florida 19
12. Pittsburgh 15
13. Marquette 11
1. Aaron King 5,460 (Armory Record and NCAA Provisional Qualification)
3. Sean Smith 5,247
5. Joe Staub 5,105
7. Ben Waruch 5,057
7. Kyle Edmonds 8.2
8. Jim Kehrer 8.33
3. Anthony Burris 6.83
4. Anthony Pomo 6.89
2. Mike Rutt 1:02.90
5. Brian Gagnon 1:03.97
8. Steven Rochester 48.89
4. Anthony Burris 21.86
5. Kevin Steinberg 22.06
9. Tyler Hopson 22.44
1 Mile Run
7. Will Sanders 4:12.54
8. Dan Holst 2:26.26
9. Steve Iannaccone 2:29.51
1. Mike Rutt 1:49.17 (Meet Record and NCAA Provisional Qualification)
4. Brian Gagnon 1:51.78
6. UConn 9:56.18
5. UConn 7:35.92
3. UConn 3:14.16
2. Marquis Thomas 2.14m (7-0.25)
4. Ellis Gaulden 2.10m (6-10.75)
9. Tyrone Faverey 2.01m (6-7)
18. Jake Waruch 1.91m (6-3.25)
3. Matt Alexander 4.95m (16-2.75)
5. Zach Meverden 4.80m (15-9)
6. Kyle Duggan 4.80m (15-9)
3. Aaron King 7.58m (24-10.5) (NCAA Provisional Qualification)
8. Ellis Gaulden 7.23m (23-8.75)
10. Anthony Pomo 6.99m (22-11.25)
7. Jamaal Smith 14.96m (49-1)
8. Tyrone Faverey 14.83m (48-8)
5. Patrick Sampson 17.72m (58-1.75)
13. Greg Manzolillo 15.64m (51-3.75)
16. Steve Johnson 15.37m (50-5.25)
1. Andrew Dubs 17.99 (59-0.25) (NCAA Provisional Qualification)
13. Bryan LeBlanc 14.83m (48-8)
15. Mike Alleman 14.36m (47-1.5)
-- Steve Johnson Foul