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Men's Track and Field Wins 2008 Indoor BIG EAST Championship

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 24, 2008) – The University of Connecticut men's track and field team won its third BIG EAST indoor track and field championship in the last five years Sunday with several dominating individual performances. UConn athletes won five individual BIG EAST titles as the Huskies finished with a total of 167 points. Notre Dame was second with 139 points, while Georgetown finished third with 107.

After the meet, UConn took home two major awards. The coaching staff of head coach Greg Roy, associate head coach Ted Gibbons, and assistant coach Rich Miller was named BIG EAST Staff of the Year. Ellis Gaulden (Tallahassee, Fla.) coming off a win in the high jump followed and a second place showing in the long jump was named BIG EAST Field Performer of the Year.

The field events proved to be the difference as UConn had several scorers in almost every one of the events. Gaulden won the high jump for the second time in his career (he also was BIG EAST champion in 2006) by clearing 7-1. UConn also took the next two spots in the high jump as Marquis Thomas (Mattapan, Mass.) cleared 6-11 on his first attempt for second place, while Daniel Hutcherson (New London, Conn.) cleared 6-11 on his third attempt for third place. Connecticut scored 24 points total on the high jump.

Andrew Dubs (Holland, Pa.) won his first career BIG EAST indoor championship after taking the shot put title. His throw of 57-8.25 beat his nearest competitor by over 18 inches. Other top performances in the field events included Gaulden's second place showing in the long jump with a distance of 24-1, and Hutcherson finishing second in the triple jump with a distance of 49-8.50.

Indoor track and field captain Basil Campbell (Ewing, N.J.) won his first BIG EAST indoor championship, taking the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.23 seconds. Brian Gagnon (Lowell, Mass.) joined him in the track winner circle with his first indoor title. He won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.27. The 800-meter run proved to be key to the Huskies winning the overall title as Michael Rutt (Sinking Springs, Pa.) finished in second place behind Gagnon with a time of 1:53.64.

The fifth individual championship for UConn went to freshman Aaron King (Wharton, N.J.). He won the heptathlon with a total of 5201 points. In the two-day, seven event competition, King tied for the win in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.15 seconds, won the long jump with a leap of 23-6.25 and won the shot put with a throw of 45-10.50.

Other notable performances on the day for UConn included Steve Iannaccone (Tom Rivers, N.J.) finishing third in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:25.32. Troy Rochester (Danbury, Conn.) finished third in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:02.65. The 4x400-meter relay team had the best showing for a UConn relay team over the weekend, as they place third with a time of 3:14.48.

Connecticut will return to action next weekend as they compete in the annual New England Championships on February 29 and March 1 in Boston, Mass.

Final Team Scoring

1. UConn, 167

2. Notre Dame, 139

3. Georgetown, 107

4. Villanova, 79

5. Louisville, 75.50

6. Rutgers, 50

7. Pittsburgh, 40.50

8. Seton Hall, 37

9. Syracuse, 33

10. DePaul, 27

11. Marquette, 13

12. Providence, 10


Complete UConn Results

60-Meter Dash

4. Anthony Pomo 6.88

5. Anthony Burris, 6.92


200-Meter Dash

1. Basil Campbell, 21.23

8. Anthony Burris, 22.35


500-Meter Dash

3. Troy Rochester, 1:02.65

5. Michael Rutt, 1:03.03


800-Meter Run

1. Brian Gagnon, 1:53.27

2. Michael Rutt, 1:53.64


1000-Meter Run

3. Steven Iannaccone, 2:25.32


3000-Meter Run

18. Will Sanders, 8:28.02


60-Meter High Hurdles

4. Verrol Jackson, 7.97

5. Basil Campbell, 7.98


4x400-Meter Relay

3. UConn, 3:14.48


4x800-Meter Relay

7. UConn, 7:39.21


Distance Medley

7. UConn, 10:05.63


High Jump

1. Ellis Gaulden, 7-1

2. Marquis Thomas, 6-11

3. Daniel Hutcherson, 6-11

9. Tyrone Faverey, 6-5.50


Pole Vault

6. Dylan Dombrowski, 15-3

6. Zachary Meverden, 15-3

10. Kyle Duggan, 14-9


Long Jump

2. Ellis Gaulden, 24-1

5. Museveni Akanno, 23-7.25

7. Aaron King, 23-3.50

9. Anthony Pomo, 22-9.25


Triple Jump

2. Daniel Hutcherson, 49-8.50

4. Tyrone Faverey, 49-0.25

5. Jamaal Smith, 47-11.75

7. Museveni Akanno, 47-4.50


Weight Throw

8. Patrick Sampson, 55-11.75

11. David Roy, 51-3


Shot Put

1. Andrew Dubs, 57-8.25

5. Dennis Faherty, 53-9

10. Bryan LeBlanc, 47-9.25



1. Aaron King, 5201 points

4. Joe Staub, 5129 points

6. Sean Smith, 5022 points

10. Kyle Rowbotham, 4722 points