March 6, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s track & field team will travel to Boston for the IC4A Championships beginning on Saturday at Boston University. The Huskies captured last year’s IC4A Championship for the second time in program history after also winning their final Big East Indoor crown in 2013.
UConn comes off a big win at the American Athletic Conference Championships last weekend in New York City. Though Connecticut won just two events, 27 of the 32 Huskies who competed scored to propel UConn past second-place Louisville in convincing fashion. The UConn coaching staff was recognized as the league’s Coaching Staff of the Year at the conclusion of the meet.
The squad’s pair of wins came from Mike O’Donnell’s victory in the mile run and the 4x400 meter relay team. O’Donnell posted a time of 4:13.21 to lead UConn’s effort in the mile with the 4x400 team sealed the win in 3:14.23 as the last event of the meet.
A number of current Huskies performed well at last year’s IC4A Championship and will look to replicate those efforts this weekend. Philip Caldwell and Paul DeSalvo helped pace the 4x800 meter relay team to a first-place finish in 2013, while Kyle Twombly earned third place in the 500 meter run. Darnell Cummings posted a sixth place finish in the 60 meter dash in his junior year and both Alvaro Chavez and Alex Levine netted top-five times in the 1,000 meter run. Cory Duggan grabbed second place in the pole vault with a leap of 5.10 meters to score for the Huskies at last year’s event.
Head Coach Greg Roy had this to say about the upcoming championship: "Coming off one of the great Conference wins in program history, you'd expect the kids to be a little flat this weekend. I don't think that will be the case. The lineup won't reflect a "win at all cost, all hands on board" mentality, but the kids are excited for great competition in the events that many of them chose. We will run fresh relays in both the DMR and 4x400, while athletes such as Darnell Cummings, Rob Rhodes, Chinedu Amonu and Kyle Twombly will focus on individual running events, and not double. Neither AJ Chavez, who has qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 800, nor the entire multi-event team will compete this weekend. I expect to be in the hunt for the team Championship all the while doing whats best for the kids and the program."
Information, including event times, can be found by clicking on the link posted above titled ‘IC4A Home.’ Updates and results will be posted on uconnhuskies.com as soon as they become available.