March 1, 2012
Storrs, Conn.- After capturing a seventh consecutive title at New England’s, UConn looks to take home another first place finish this weekend when the team travels to Boston, Massachusetts for the IC4A Championships. The meet will be held at the Track and Field Pavilion at Boston University, with action starting Saturday (March 3rd) running through Sunday (March 4th).
“The IC4A is the oldest athletic conference in the country and before the NCAA existed was the de facto national championship, counting Southern Cal and Cal Berkley as members. Now it is a great season ending track and field championship for eastern schools,” stated Head Coach Greg Roy.
Coach Roy, excited about the upcoming meet, described the future events saying, “We have won in the past, but we don’t do meet entries to maximize points, we just want to put people in positions to be very competitive”.
The team will look to continue its success, as well as qualify as many team members for nationals, which will be held later this month. It is the last chance for many including the Distance Medley Relay squad, which will need a time of 9:41 or faster to qualify.
Also trying to qualify for nationals is junior Noel James, who is currently 17th and needs to break into the Top 16 in order to compete at nationals. To do this, James will need to jump .25 inches higher then his best current mark.
The Huskies look to defend their Championship performance last season, where the team was able to record their first ever win at the IC4A Championships. To repeat, UConn will need exceptional performances from several other team members and look for strong leadership from the four captains senior Mike Alleman, junior brothers Jake and Ben Waruch and senior Kyle Duggan.
At last year’s championships the Huskies recorded ten top five finishes by several team members including, senior captains Kyle Duggan and Mike Alleman, both of whom finished second in their respective events. Duggan had a clearance of 5.05m in the pole vault, while Alleman had a throw of 17.68m in the shot put. Other top five finishes at last season’s IC4A Championships were by junior Joshua Faboyede in the weight throw as he finished fourth with a throw of 18.43m and senior Tim Bennatan in the 800 meter who placed 5th with a time of 1:50.32.