April 27, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's track and field team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. this weekend to compete at the World famous Penn Relays from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30. The 117th annual meet will host some of the best track and field athletes from around the country, as the Huskies will try to make a splash on the national scene.
"It is called the Penn Relay Carnival, and that is exactly what it is, a carnival. It means everything and it means nothing," head coach Greg Roy said. "It is a chance to get out and show what you can do to 40,000 people on a sunny afternoon at Franklin Field."
Ten Huskies will be showing off what they can do at the Penn Relays as they compete in individual events, including Scott Johnson, Kyle Edmonds, Chris Whyte, Noel James, Cory Duggan, Matt Alexander, Aaron King, Mike Alleman, Eric Masington and Joshua Faboyede.
Scott Johnson will compete in the first event of the weekend for the Huskies, running in the 3,000m steeplechase at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. Johnson, who ranks 12th in the Northeast Region in the event, recorded his best time of the season at the LSU Invitational earlier this month (9:09.45).
Friday will be a busy day for UConn, as eight of the athletes will be competing in seven individual events. Kyle Edmonds
and Chris Whyte
will be the first Huskies in action, as they compete in the 400m hurdles at 9:00 a.m. Both of them enter the race with times that rank in the top-20 in the Northeast Region, as Whyte is 12th (53.87) and Edmonds ranks 17th (54.05).
"Often overlooked, but in equally significant competition are the field events," Roy said. "All of our field athletes that are set to compete are looking at the Penn Relays as an opportunity to sharpen up for the BIG EAST Championship and make a splash on the national scene."
The first field events to feature a Husky will be the high jump and shot put which both begin at 10:00 a.m. Noel James will be the lone competitor for UConn in the high jump, and enters the weekend with a season-best height of 2.11m which he set at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational. Mike Alleman, who will be competing in the Shot Put Championship, enters Friday's event with a mark of 17.37m which ranks him second in the region. Alleman will also compete in the discus, which is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Eric Masington, who will join Alleman in the discus event, will also compete in the Shot Put Eastern which is scheduled for an 11:15 a.m. start time. So far this season, Masington has posted top-20 marks in the region in both events, as he ranks 14th in the discus (47.79m) and 17th in the shot put (15.21m).
The trio of Aaron King, Cory Duggan and Matt Alexander will be the final competitors in individual events on Friday, as King will compete in the long jump and Duggan and Alexander will be trying for a pole vault title. The long jump event will begin at 3:30 p.m. while the pole vault is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.
The final individual competitor for UConn will be Joshua Faboyede, who will be participating in the hammer throw on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Faboyede ranks fourth in the Northeast Region with his distance of 47.79m that he recorded at the LSU Invitational.
"Few get the chance and even less actually win the monstrous Penn Relays Championship of America plaque and accompanying set of watches. Connecticut was fortunate to win the DMR back in 2000, and we have been in the hunt a number of times in the 4x800 and this year is no different. We have a veteran lineup anchored by the NCAA runner-up in the 800, Mike Rutt. The hope is that Don Holst, Tim Bennatan and Scott Johnson can hand the stick to Mike in a position to win the 4x800 relay this year."
UConn's relay events will be highlighted by that 4x800 Championship of America and the distance medley Championship of America. The distance medley relay will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, while the 4x800 race will conclude Saturday's events for the Huskies beginning at 4:25 p.m.
The Huskies will also compete in the 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay and the 4x400m relay. All three of these races will take place on Friday afternoon.
Fans can follow along with the action at ThePennRelays.com, where you can find links for the 2011 schedule, results and recaps. Fans will also have the chance to watch the 2011 Penn Relays live at the following link: Watch Live.