March 12, 2012
Storrs, Conn.- The UConn Men’s track team concluded their indoor season after finishing second at the IC4A Championships this past weekend. While none qualified for the NCAA Championships, the season as a whole shows great promise for the upcoming years.
The team can be proud of their efforts this indoor season, as many finished among the top competitors in their respected events. For the running events, standout performances were seen across the board.
Sophomore Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.) finished ranked second in the BIG EAST with a time of 6.79 seconds in the 60m and also was able to finish the season ranked fourth in the 200m with a time of 21.38 seconds. Adding to the accolades of the young runners were Sophomore Kyle Twombly (Penfield, N.Y.), who finished ranked third in the BIG EAST in the 400m with a time of 48.21 seconds and freshman Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.) who had a strong season finishing ranking sixth in the BIG EAST in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.03 seconds. Finally the Distance Medley Relay squad, who will look to improve their time during the outdoor season, finished just shy of NCAA qualification with an admiral time of 9:48.17.
For the field events, the team will have high hopes for the outdoor season as many team members were on the cusp of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Leading the way this season was junior Noel James (Whitman,Mass) who finished 16th in the country in the high jump with a height of 2.21m and will look to continue his success during the outdoor season.
Fresh off his impressive first place finish at the IC4A Championships, senior captain Kyle Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) finished fourth in the BIG EAST in pole vault with a towering vault of 5.20m. Following in his brother’s footsteps, sophomore brother Cory Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) also had an impressive season, finishing sixth in pole vault with a vault of 4.95m.
Adding to the achievements of their teammates, freshman Amanze Williams (New Haven, Conn.) finished ranking first in the BIG EAST and set the school record for long jump with a mark of 7.61m. This jump also has Williams sitting with the 26th best jump in the country. Rounding out the field events, senior captain Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, N.J.) finished ranked eighth in shot put with toss of 17.54m and junior Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) finished ranked second in the BIG EAST in the heptathlon and 27th in the nation.
During the indoor season the Huskies were able to capture their seventh consecutive New England Championship title and place second overall at the BIG EAST Championship the following weekend. The team also added a victory early in the season at the Great Dane Classic held in New York, NY. The Huskies will now look to their outdoor season, which is sure to bring further success for Coach Roy’s squad.