April 13, 2012
Storrs, Conn.- The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team will host the third annual “Dog Fight” track meet this Saturday, April 14th. The Huskies will host the Albany Great Danes who currently sit in twelfth place in the Northeast region. The meet will be held at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex with field events beginning at 1:30 p.m. and running events beginning at 3:00p.m.
The Huskies will seek revenge against the Great Danes who were able to win a close battle during last year’s competition. The series is split between the schools with UConn winning the initial meet two years ago. UConn currently sits in second place in the Northeast region with 444 points just behind group leader Cornell.
Last week, the Huskies finished seventh at the Battle on the Bayou among stiff competition with Coach Roy extremely proud of his team’s performance. “The meet was a really good Big East prep and a positive experience overall. We have to continue to be focused and disciplined to grab every point out there”, Coach Roy commented on the team’s success.
The “Dog Fight” will come after this week’s decathlon, which was finished yesterday afternoon. UConn’s Jake and Ben Waruch are both leading the way for the Huskies in the decathlon with junior captain Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) winning the title and scoring 7,579 points. Jake was followed closely by brother Ben, who ended up taking fifth place honors with a score of 6,723 points. Jake was victorious in every event except one which were held over the past two days. The brothers will look to continue their success into this weekend against Albany.
UConn’s squad will need more brilliant performances across the board to come out on top this weekend. Last year the team won eight individual events in Albany and will look to defend the home turf this year.
The team will look for repeat performances by the likes of junior Justin Siekierski (Wilbraham, Mass) who placed first in the javelin, as well as senior captain Cory Duggan (Staten Island, NY) who won the pole vault with a height of 4.40m. Senior captain Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, NJ) also finished first last year in the shot put with a throw of 16.94m and will look to repeat this time around. Junior Noel James also had a first place finish during the last “Dog Fight” and continued to lead the Huskies last week in the high jump leaving the Battle of the Bayou with a second place finish and a mark of 2.15m.
The Huskies will use this meet to practice for the head to head competition it will see later on in the season against BIG EAST rival Notre Dame and will need to make every event count as there are not many meets left in the outdoor season.