April 24, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's track and field team is set to travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to take part in the 119th annual Penn Relays this Thursday, April 25th at Franklin Field. The three-day event , which extends through Saturday April 27th, is the final team tune-up before the BIG EAST Championships begin on May 3rd, and will give athletes a chance to end the 2013 outdoor regular season on a high note. Connecticut will also send qualifying individuals to the Yale Invite this Sunday in New Haven.
The Huskies are coming off a first place finish in the UConn Classic, in which they dominated the field, scoring 81.50 points. Connecticut had it all working last Saturday, grabbing first place finishes in a myriad of both track and field events. Senior Jesse Drinks set the mark on the track, notching a first place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 10.64 seconds. Junior Cory Duggan took the top spot in the pole vault, finishing with a height of 5.13, while teammate Tim Murphy grabbed second (4.65m).
In the most recent USTFCCCA NCAA Division I rankings, the Huskies held onto the No. 2 spot in the Northeast Region, trailing only top-ranked Cornell. The Huskies scored 587.08 points, which is over 130 points higher than #3 ranked Harvard.
The Penn Relays have become one of the most important and challenging meets of the season, as last year there were more than 20,000 entrants competing from around the globe. Last season, Noel James led the squad with a 2.12m (6-11.5) leap in the high jump to conquer the title in the College Men's High Jump Eastern.
The Penn Relays will mark just the third away meet of the season. Four of the previous five meets have been hosted in Storrs. Both away meets this season have resulted in success for UConn, with the team earning 13 top-five finishes at the UCF Invite and finishing fourth at the Battle on the Bayou two weeks ago.
Check back to uconnhuskies.com on Saturday evening for full recap and results from the Penn Relays.