April 17, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team will return to action this Saturday, April 20th at the UConn Classic, which will be held at the Sherman Family Sports Complex at 12:00pm. The meet will mark the last home event for the Huskies this season.
“The triangular competition at this year’s UConn Classic promises to be a nail biter. The Southern Connecticut Owls, coached by John Wallin, have long been the dominant Division II team in the Northeast, and will field a well-rounded lineup that features a number of top competitors, most notably Selasi Lumax, New England Indoor 800m record holder,” stated head coach Greg Roy. “ John Copeland’s Rhode Island Rams annually win or place second in the Atlantic Ten Championships. Similar to Southern they will boast a lineup with few holes, as well as some top end competitors, exemplified by Anthony Davidson in the 400, a sub 47 second competitor.”
The Huskies are coming off a fourth place finish in the Battle on the Bayou last weekend. Connecticut tallied a total of 117 points, which was just two points behind a deep Arizona State team. The Huskies were led by first place finishes from James Agati, Alvaro Chavez, Bryan Fowler, and Cody Unger, which earned the team 36 important points. Unger’s performance earned him BIG EAST Field Athlete of the week honor. His javelin throw of 68.37m ranks first in the league and 20th nationally.
Other impressive performances came from senior captain Alex Bennatan, who notched a third place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.22, as well as Chris Whyte who grabbed third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.26. Eric Masington continued his impressive junior campaign, taking fourth in the discus throw (52.02m) and finishing fifth in the shot put with a toss of 16.24m.
In the most recent USTFCCCA NCAA Division I regional rankings, Connecticut earned the number two spot in the Northeast Region. The Huskies scored 629.39 points, which puts them behind only Cornell (806.60 points). The Huskies have enjoyed success in many of the field events in recent weeks, led by Masinton, Josh Faboyede and the versatile Waruch brothers. UConn will look to its upperclassmen to continue to support the team as the BIG EAST Championships are less than three weeks away.
The UConn Classic will mark the fourth home meet of the season, which is equivalent to the total from the last two outdoor seasons combined. The Huskies have fared well in Storrs this year, despite the colder temperatures and wind that the coaching staff feel has prevented some personal bests from being achieved.
“The Huskies enter this weekend with four BIG EAST Champions either not competing or competing sparingly due to health reasons. In order to beat both of these New England rivals, many athletes who may not have been called on in the past will have to step up,” finished Roy.
After this weekend the team will hit the road for three days for the Penn Relays, which will be hosted in Philadelphia, P.A., beginning Thursday, April 25th.