IC4A Championship Central
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's track & field team will spend the weekend in Boston to take part in the 97th Annual IC4A Championships at the Boston University Track & Field Center. The historic meet will open on Friday with the heptathlon and the bulk of events taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
The Huskies are coming off a fourth place finish at last weekend's American Athletic Conference Championship as they head into the final weeks of the indoor season.
"It's a great meet for our student-athletes," stated head coach Greg Roy. "We've got everyone going and almost the same lineup as the conference championships. It will be a great meet. I like to think of it as the first meet of the outdoor season, just happens to be indoors."
Last season, the Huskies finished second at the annual meet behind champion Albany in a field of 43 teams. Seniors Michael O'Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) and Craig Hunter (Robbinsville, N.J.) took home individual titles at last year's IC4A meet, winning the mile and pole vault, respectively. The Huskies also claim the gold in the 4x800 meter relay last season.
Hunter, who missed time with an injury returned at last week's AAC meet and posted his best height of the season at 5.09 meters (16'8.25").
Junior Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) is coming off winning the gold in the triple jump at last weekend's conference meet. Snead finished second in the event at last year's IC4A meet.
Junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) is coming off a pair of all-conference performances last weekend, finishing third in both the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. He ran his fastest time of the season in the 5,000, clocking in at 14:16.61.
Senior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) had his top-time of the year in the 400 meters at last weekend's meet, clocking in at 47.11 seconds, good for a bronze medal finish.
Also earning all-conference accolades at the AAC meet was freshman Daniel Claxton (Long Island, N.Y.), taking the bronze in the high jump (2.06 meters/6’9.00”) and in the mile, sophomore Eric Van Der Els (Norwalk, Conn.) led the way with a silver medalby taking second with a time of 4:12.05, his fastest of the season.
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