April 3, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team will be back in action this Thursday, April 4th at 12:00 pm when it takes part in the UConn Decathlon. The event will take place at the Sherman Family Sports Complex and will span over two days. The Huskies have a busy weekend ahead of them, as they will host the Albany Great Danes in the fourth annual Dog Fight on Saturday, April 6th at 10:00 am.
UConn will look to continue on its outdoor success after posting an impressive 37 top-five finishes at last week’s Spring Invite. One of the biggest early-season storylines has been the notable debut of the freshman class. Freshman Harley Lacroix was the lone Husky in the top-five in the long jump, finishing fifth with a jump of 6.97m. Trelonni Elliot was fifth with a time of 11.18 seconds in the 100 meter dash, and freshman Robert Hovanec left with the 400 meter dash title, finishing with a time of 49.41 seconds.
Last season, Jake Waruch dominated the UConn Decathlon, finishing the competition with 7,579 points. He was the top finishing Husky in all but one event. Jake’s brother, Ben, finished the competition in fifth place with 6,723 points. Both brothers have been elected as captains of the 2013 outdoor squad.
The Dog Fight has quickly become one of the most exciting events of the season, as UConn edged out Albany by 13 points last year to take a 2-1 all-time series lead. UConn will look to senior Josh Faboyede to continue his success at the Dog Fight as last season he finished first in the hammer throw with a hurl of 57.76. Faboyede has opened the 2013 outdoor season with two top-five results, grabbing fifth at the UCF Invitational (54.10m) and claiming third (57.51m) at the UConn Spring Invitational.
The Great Danes are led by senior Ethan Clary who grabbed America East Performer of the Week honors after posting a first place finish in 3,000 meter steeplechase at the UCF Invitational.
Connecticut will have a week off before traveling to Baton Rouge, L.A., to take part in the Battle of the Bayou, which is scheduled for April 13th. The Huskies have one remaining home event, the UConn Classic, on their schedule which is set to take place on April 20th at 12:00 pm.