April 5, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- This week the University of Connecticut men’s track and field team will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to partake in the Battle On the Bayou track event. The meet will be held at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium, with events starting at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 7th.
Head Coach Greg Roy anticipates facing the highest level of competition the team will see all season stating, “The level of competition in this meet is higher in some events than we’ll see at the BIG EAST Championship”.
The Huskies will be competing against teams ranked among the top ten in the nation. There will be nine teams participating this weekend including host LSU who finished 5th at the Indoor NCAA Championships. LSU is currently ranked second nationally and sports five athletes ranked in the top-three of their respected events.
Such notable marks are set by the likes of Aaron Earnest who is ranked third in the 100m with a time of 10.15 seconds and Barrett Nugent who is ranked number one overall nationally in the 110H with a time of 13.37 seconds. Kyron Blaise also has the top mark for his event and is ranked number one in the triple jump with a jump of 53’ 6.5”. In addition to these outstanding performers, the team also has the third ranked 4x400 squad and Damar Forbes who is ranked third nationally in the long jump.
Also competing this weekend will be Mississippi State (ranked ninth), which has the third ranked 4x100 squad and the top ranked long jumper in Jarrett Samuels.
Schools from the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences will also be in attendance this weekend including 13th ranked (Indoor) Illinois, Texas Tech and Missouri.
Big 12-powerhouse Texas Tech (ranked seventh nationally) has three team members that are ranked in the top five of their respected events. Bryce Lamb is ranked second in the long jump with a mark of 26’.75”, while Jamele Mason is ranked fifth in the nation in the 400H.
Meanwhile Missouri’s long jumper Malcom Pennix is currently ranked fourth in the long jump with a mark of 25’ 5.25”.
With this amount of talent competing this weekend, it will be a great opportunity for the Huskies to show their capabilities. “It will be a great test for our team and an eye opener for our younger kids”, Coach Roy commented about the upcoming events this weekend.
UConn will look for big time performances from the likes of senior shot put thrower and captain Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, N.J.), who is currently ranked 48th nationally. Supporting Alleman will be senior Cody Unger (Oak Ridge, N.J.) who is ranked 27th nationally with a toss of 71.23m in the javelin. The Huskies will need to rise to the occasion and execute across the board to show their true potential as a team as they face some of the finest talent they will see all year.