Feb. 25, 2012
BOSTON, Mass.-The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team captured the New England Championship title for the seventh consecutive year with 118.5 points which was 24.5 points ahead of second place Rhode Island. The Huskies concluded the meet with 19 top-five finishes.
“It was a great meet for our team. Second place Rhode Island gave us a run for our money and we answered the call. The level of competition at this year’s meet was extremely strong and I am happy our team responded and brought home first place,” stated Head Coach Greg Roy.
On the track, freshman Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) grabbed third place in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.10. Junior Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.) was second in the 60 meter dash in 6.87 which tied the previous meet record.
Sophomore Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.) added another top-five finish for the Huskies as he was fifth (21.64) in the 200m dash finals on Saturday. Sophomore Kyle Twombly (Penfield, N.Y.) gave UConn an additional five points towards its total with a fourth place (48.21) finish in the 400m.
In the 500 meter dash, junior Chris Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) finished fourth in 1:04.23 and sophomore Chris Dailey (Dallas, Pa.) was sixth (1:05.40).
Running the 800m in 1:49.02, junior Tim Bennatan (Lake Forest, Ill.) concluded the race in third place as his brother Alex finished sixth with a time of 1:51.86.
Capturing two more top-five seats were freshmen James Agati (Stream, N.Y.) and Phil Caldwell (Chesire, Conn.) with second (2:29.08) and third (2:29.22) place finishes in the 1,000m run.
Junior Joe Clark (West Islip, N.Y.) concluded the mile in third place posting a time of 4:02.95.
The Huskies made great strides in the relays as the 4x800 relay, made up of the Bennatan brothers, Caldwell and Nick Aguila, brought home a third place finish (7:40.54).
Senior captain Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, N.J) and sophomore Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.) finished fourth (16.74m) and fifth (16.61m) in the shot put, respectively.
Junior Noel James (Whitman, Mass.) had a leap of 2.14 meters in the high jump to capture second place, while teammate freshman Toby Belton finished fifth with a jump of 2.04m.
Following a first and second place team finish thus far in the 2012 Indoor Championship season, the Huskies will search for another crown at the IC4A Championships next weekend.