April 26, 2012
Storrs, Conn.- The University of Connecticut men’s track team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. this weekend to compete in the 118th annual Penn Relays. Events will commence this Thursday, April 26th and run through Saturday, April 28th. The Huskies will face competition from around the country as more then 20,000 entrants are expected to compete at the world famous Franklin Field.
UConn will look to use the Penn Relays to gain momentum into next weekend, which is the BIG EAST Championships. Head Coach Greg Roy commented, “We are looking for the team to do the best they can and prepare for next weekend’s events.”
he team will need to focus in front of the large crowd expected and concentrate on hitting their qualifying marks.
The 4x100 squad of Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.), Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.), Kevin Smith (Harwinton, Conn.) and Kevin Steinberg (Langhorne, Pa.) will look to make a statement in Philadelphia with a finals appearance. The squad was able to place first at the Princeton Invite last week with a time of 40.83.
Senior captain Kyle Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) and sophomore brother Cory will have their sights set on placing in the pole vault event. Last week with a jump of 4.96m Kyle Duggan was able to capture third place at Princeton, with Cory not far behind finishing in fifth.
Also looking to make a statement this weekend will be sophomore Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.) who will be competing in the shot put and discus. Masington had an outstanding performance last weekend as he threw 50.14m giving him a fourth place finish in the discus.
The Huskies will be rejoined by several team members including junior Chris Whyte (Rahway, N.J.) and freshman Selwyn Maxwell (Monroe, N.Y.), who are back from being injured and will be competing for the first time in weeks. Both will be welcomed additions, as they look to be a force in the hurdles this weekend.
The team will also be competing against University of New Hampshire on Saturday April, 28th and be competing in the second Wildcat Invitational with events starting at 11:00 a.m. The meet will be held at the Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field complex where the Huskies will try to reach their qualifying marks.