STORRS, Conn. -
The UConn men’s track and field team is back in action this weekend as it travels to the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University on Friday and Saturday. The event is named for the former Princeton head coach, who also served as the United States Olympic track and field coach in 1984. Ellis passed away in 1998, but is remembered each year at this event.
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The Huskies are coming off a pair of scoring events as they finished first at the Northeast Invitational last weekend in Storrs and finished third at the UPenn Challenge in late March.
“We’ve had two scoring meets and we feel good about things,” said UConn head coach Greg Roy. “The Larry Ellis is also about doing what is best for the individual and qualifying for the NCAA regionals. It’s bombs away and how fast can you run.”
The same will be true next weekend when the Huskies travel to the historic Penn Relays at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field. The Huskies return to team scoring at the American Athletic Conference championship on May 12-14 in Houston.
UConn will travel about 20 athletes to the Larry Ellis, concentrating on the running events.
Husky sophomore Malik Snead (Ewing, N.J.) is currently ranked fifth in the country in the triple jump in the latest national rankings. He hit a 53 feet, one inch mark last weekend in Storrs. That mark also puts him second in the East region.
Junior Kevin Foster (East Lyme, Conn.) is sixth in the region in the javelin with a mark of 236 feet, six inches at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge. He is ranked 12th in the country.