April 12, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut men's track and field team will travel to Baton Rouge, La., this Saturday, April 13th to take part in the Battle on the Bayou. It marks the first road meet for the team since participating in the UCF Invite on March 23rd.
The event has become one of the biggest challenges of the season because of the high level of competition, and has head coach Greg Roy excited about the opportunity to compete against the premier schools in the country.
"This competition represents a significant move up in class, as all of the other schools are ranked in the Top-25 in the country," said Roy. "Points and wins will be hard fought and hard to come by. It will really expose our athletes to a level of competition that we aspire to. The kids are fired up and hope to continue UConn's recent athletic success in the state of Louisiana."
Last season, the Huskies finished seventh in the event, holding their own against schools like Penn State, Texas Tech, and Houston. A key to the Connecticut's success was its performance in the field events. Junior Eric Masington picked up two points for the Huskies when he finished seventh (16.95m) in the shot put, while senior Josh Faboyede notched a fourth place finish (58.91m) in the hammer throw.
The Huskies are coming off a 105-94 victory against the Albany Great Danes in the annual Dog Fight. UConn exceled in the sprint and track events, highlighted by stellar performances from Amanze Williams in the long and triple jump and Masington in the discus throw and shot put.
UConn will look to senior Jesse Chapman to continue his string of recent success after he finished second in the UConn Decathlon with 6,969 points. The performances of the upperclassmen will be crucial to the event according to coach Roy.
"The dual meet is almost extinct, and it is significantly different than a regular invitational style Multi-team meet. The point swing when you are "mano a mano" is much more significant and dramatic. The focus is exclusively on winning versus performance. The short rest between events precludes many of the doubles possible at longer meets, and shows depth or lack thereof, in a very pronounced way."
The Huskies will return home on April 20th to compete in the UConn Classic at noon. It is the last home meet of the season before the BIG EAST Championships begin on May 3rd.
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