Feb. 26, 2014
American Athletic Conference Preview
STORRS, Conn. - UConn men's track and field will travel to Amory Collegiate in New York City to compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship on Friday, Feb. 28. A complete schedule of events and additional information can be found at the American Athletic Conference website by following this link. Results will also be posted through the Armory track website found here.
For the first time, the American Athletic Conference will provide a live stream of the event. Click here to watch the event live on your computer.
UConn hopes to continue its success from the Big East conference into the first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship. In the former Big East, UConn track and field won nine indoor conference titles and 13 outdoor conference crowns. The Huskies enter league competition after arguably their most successful season in conference meets, sweeping the 2013 indoor and outdoor Big East Titles in addition to winning the Indoor IC4A title.
The Huskies took advantage of an off weekend for rest and preparation in the hopes of claiming the first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship. Connecticut has been red hot this season, finishing in first place in all three scored meets of the year and posting dominant finishes in individual competition at a trio of unscored invitationals.
Some of the Huskies' achievements including besting nationally ranked No. 7 host Penn State to hoist the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup on Feb. 8. At that meet, sophomore Alvaro Chavez (West Windsor, N.J.) posted a personal-best time of 1:47.96 in the 800 meter to grab second place. Chavez's time represented the third-fastest time in the country. Entering the championship this weekend, his time stands as the fastest in the conference. Chavez also ran the first leg of the Distance Medley Relay to help the squad post a season-best time of 9:54.20 and capture first place in the process, and for his efforts Chavez was named American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week.
Teammate Robert Rhodes
(Brooklyn, N.Y.) holds the second-fastest time in the conference in the 800 at 1:49.34 Other exceptional performances this season include Rhodes' effort at the Great Dane Classic on Jan. 19 in which he won the 500 meter dash in a time of 1:03.11 and helped the 4x400 meter relay team to a first place finish (3:14.79). Rhodes' performance at the Great Dane Classic helped him earn American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week.
UConn's pole vaulters enter the weekend with a steady track record of success this season. Rookie Craig Hunter (Robbinsville, N.J.) has posted three top finishes this season and been the Huskies' top finisher in four. Hunter's personal-best of 5.11 meters represents the season high for Connecticut.
"As we approach our first ever AAC Championship I would have to say we couldn't be any more ready," Coach Roy commented. "We are healthy, fit and have had a great regular season. The kids are excited to get down to the Armory and show us what they are made of. It's going to be a heck of a Track and Field competition."
Be sure to check back for results as they become available. To view results on Twitter follow @American_Champs for live updates.