STORRS, CT (March 5) -- Seniors Elliott Blount (Freeport, NY) and Dan Wilson (West Haven, CT) and junior Joe Mendel (Wayne, NJ) of the University of Connecticut mens track and field team have earned berths to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, to be held this weekend, Mar. 8-9, at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Mendel and Blount will compete in the 400- and 800-meter runs, respectively, while Wilson has qualified in the mile run.
Blount earned his spot at the NCAA Championship with a time of 1:48.66 in the 800-meter run at the Penn State Tri-Meet on Feb. 2. The time broke the school record and provisionally qualified him for the NCAAs. By virtue of a national ranking of seventh to end the season, the time garnered Blount a trip to the championship despite not earning an automatic berth.
The preliminaries for the 800-meter run will be held on Friday, Mar. 8, at 4:15 p.m., and the finals will be Saturday, Mar. 9, at 6:35 p.m.
Like Blount, Wilson was a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Championship. Wilsons time of 4:01.32 in the mile at the New England Championship on Feb. 23 broke the school record and placed him 12th in the country at the conclusion of the season, good enough to earn a spot at the championship.
Wilson will compete in the preliminaries for the mile on Friday, Mar. 8, at 6:35 p.m. The finals for the mile are Saturday, Mar. 9, at 6:15 p.m.
Mendel was a provisional qualifier as well. His time in the 400-meter run (46.69) this past weekend at the IC4A Championship placed him 15th in the country.
The preliminaries for the 400-meter run will be held on Friday Mar. 8, at 5:20 p.m. The finals begin on Saturday, Mar. 9, at 6:55 p.m.
This is the second trip to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship for Blount and Wilson. Both were members of UConns indoor distance medley team, which took home fourth place and All-America honors in 2000. Wilson also earned All-America status at the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championship.