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Men's Track and Field Wins 14th New England Championship in Last 15 Years in Dominating Fashion

BOSTON, Mass. (March 1, 2008) - The University of Connecticut men's track and field team won the New England Championship for the 14th time in the last 15 years Saturday. The Huskies scored 168 points, while their nearest competitor Rhode Island was second with 72 points.

The Huskies achieved their goal of having more athletes set NCAA provisional qualifying times, while also having the athletes that had already set one improve on those times. In the preliminaries of the 800-meter run, Brian Gagnon (Lowell, Mass.) improved his time to 1:48.28, which currently ranks as the sixth best time in the nation, and gives him a great shot at being selected for the NCAA Championship March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark. Michael Rutt (Sinking Springs, Pa.) ended up winning the 800-meter final with a time of 1:48.93, also a provisional qualifying time which currently ranks as the 10th best time in the nation. Gagnon finished second in the final with a time of 1:50.00

Verrol Jackson (Schnectady, N.Y.) won the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 7.31 seconds. When you add the conversion rate of 0.53 seconds for NCAA purposes, it becomes a 60-meter high hurdle time of 7.84 seconds. That beats Jackson's previous provisional qualifying time and currently ranks as the 17th best time in nation.

Daniel Hutcherson (New London, Conn.) set a New England Championship record with his triple jump winning distance of 51-9.25. That was also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and placed him in a tie for 12th on the national rankings.

Other highlights for UConn included the team sweeping the top three spots in the high jump competition for the second straight weekend. This time Marquis Thomas (Mattapan, Mass.) took top honors, clearing 6-9.50 . Ellis Gaulden (Tallahassee, Fla.) was second, clearing 6-8.25 , while Hutcherson took third, also clearing 6-8.25. Andrew Dubs (Holland, Pa.) won the shot put with a distance of 55-5.50. Sean Smith (Scotch Plains, N.J.) took the heptathlon with 4,876 points.

Connecticut now waits to see which of its NCAA provisional qualifiers will be selected to compete at the championships in Fayetteville. For those that do not qualify, the Huskies will move onto the outdoor portion of their schedule. UConn will compete at the Disney Invite in Orlando, Fla. on March 14-16.


UConn Results


55-Meter Dash

3. Anthony Pomo, 6.42

4. Anthony Burris, 6.42


200-Meter Dash

2. Basil Campbell 21.26


500-Meter Dash

2. Troy Rochester, 1:03.06


800-Meter Run

1. Michael Rutt, 1:48.93

2. Brian Gagnon 1:50.00

4. Dan Holst, 1:53.87

7. Andrew Smith, 1:54.75


1000-Meter Run

5. David Macklem, 2:30.46


55-Meter High Hurdles

1. Verrol Jackson, 7.31


High Jump

1. Marquis Thomas, 6-9.50

2. Ellis Gaulden, 6-8.25

3. Daniel Hutcherson, 6-8.25

10. Tyrone Faverey, 6-6.25

14. Joe Staub, 6-3.25


Pole Vault

4. Zach Meverden, 15-9

7. Kyle Duggan, 15-3


Long Jump

3. Museveni Akanno, 23-6

4. Ellis Gaulden, 23-0.50

7. Anthony Pomo, 22-1.75


Triple Jump

1. Daniel Hutcherson, 51-9.25

3. Tyrone Faverey, 48-6


Shot Put

1. Andrew Dubs, 55-5.50

2. Dennis Faherty, 54-6.75

18. Bryan LeBlanc, 45-9


Weight Throw

13. Patrick Sampson, 51-11.25

17. David Roy, 51-0.25



1. Sean Smith, 4876 points

2. Dylan Dombrowski, 4813 points

3. Kyle Rowbotham, 4744 points