Feb. 24, 2012
BOSTON, Mass.-Behind a first place jump of 5.11 meters in the pole vault from senior captain Kyle Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.), the Huskies sit in first place with 29 points at the conclusion of day one at the New England Championships. The 5.11m leap is a new meet record.
In addition to Duggan, senior Matt Alexander (Tolland, Conn.) took second place in the pole vault with 4.90 meters to give the Huskies 17 points towards their total count.
Connecticut’s Amanze Williams (New Haven, Conn.) added another top-five finish for the Huskies with a leap of 6.86m in the long jump to take home fifth place.
The last final of the day came with junior Ryan McGuire (Orange, Conn.) reaching the podium with a second place finish in the 5,000m run in 14:37.64.
UConn will participate in 13 track finals on Saturday following qualifying marks on Friday afternoon.
Freshman Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) will compete in the 60m hurdle finals after taking third (8.14), while junior Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.) and senior Kevin Steinberg (Langhorne, Pa.) heads to the 60m dash finals after a running it in 6.88 and 7.00, respectively.
Drinks (21.68) and Steinberg (21.94) will also compete in the 200m dash finals and will be joined by sophomore Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.) who completes the prelims in 21.76.
Making it to the 400 meter finals was sophomore Kyle Twombly (Penfield, N.Y.) who finished the race in 48.58. Taking fourth (1:04.64) and fifth (1:05.20) place in the 500m preliminaries, junior Chris Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) and sophomore Chris Dailey (Dallas, Pa.) reached Saturday’s finals.
The Bennatan brothers will both compete in the 800 meter finals as Tim took fourth place with 1:51.57 and Alex in ninth place with a time of 1:51.87. The final two Huskies qualifying for Saturday’s finals was freshman James Agati (Stream, N.Y.) in second (2:31.04) and freshman Phil Caldwell (Chesire, Conn.) in fifth (2:31.18) in the 1,000m.
Connecticut will conclude the New England Championships on Saturday, Feb. 25. Check back to uconnhuskies.com for final results and recap.