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UConn Decathlon, Dog Fight Up Next for Men's Track & Field This Week

Freshman Pole Vaulter Craig Hunter

April 2, 2014

STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s track & field team returns to its home track for the UConn Decathlon on Thursday, April 3. Events at the Sherman Family Sports Complex will begin at 2:00p.m. on Thursday before resuming again on Day Two, which kicks off Friday at 12:00p.m. The Decathlon kicks off a busy week for the Huskies, who will also be represented at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Meet in New Jersey on Friday afternoon. All of these events lead up to the fifth annual Dog Fight against the University of Albany that will take place on Saturday, April 5 in New York.

UConn Decathletes will compete against athletes from the University of Rhode Island on Thursday and Friday. Last  year, Jesse Chapman led the Huskies win second place overall as UConn's top finisher with 6,969 points overall.

UConn will enter the fifth annual Dog Fight with a 3-1 all-time record in head-to-head meets against Albany. Last year, the Huskies topped the Great Danes, 105 points to 94, for their second consecutive win in the Dog Fight. Then-junior Eric Masington concluded a stellar meet with wins in the discus throw and shot put to lead a dominant Connecticut effort in the field events. The Huskies swept the top three spots in both the hammer throw and the javelin throw en route to winning the meet.

The Huskies enter competition this week with plenty of momentum after nine first-place finishes at their UConn Spring Invite against the University of Rhode Island on Saturday. Masington has headlined the Connecticut effort early in the 2014 Outdoor season after winning the discus throw, finishing second in the shot put and grabbing fifth in the hammer throw at the Walt Disney World Open on March 23 in Florida. Masington followed up the opening weekend by taking home gold in the shot put at the UConn Invite with a heave of 55.29M last weekend. The senior captain will look to continue his early success on Saturday in Albany.

Opening his rookie outdoor season on a strong campaign has been pole vaulter Craig Hunter. After an excellent freshman indoor season, Hunter has begun his outdoor career on an equally positive note with a pair of first place finishes. Hunter cleared 5.10M in the Disney Open before posting a 4.95M showing last weekend at the UConn Invite.

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