Noel James and the Huskies head to BIG EAST Championships
April 30, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- Following a successful regular season, the University of Connecticut men’s track and field team will take part in the outdoor BIG EAST Championships this Friday, May 3rd in New Brunswick, N.J. Events will begin all-day Friday and conclude Sunday afternoon.
The Huskies finished last season’s conference Championship in fourth place, after taking the crown in the 2011 season. The Waruch brothers set the pace for Connecticut, with Jake taking first (7230 points) and Ben taking second place (6944 points) in the decathlon. Noel James took home a first place finish in the high jump and Cory Duggan grabbed a third place finish in the pole vault.
More recently, the Huskies recorded four top-10 finishers at the historic Penn Relays, which spanned over three days. Junior Eric Masington continued his dominant season, taking fifth in the shot put with a toss of 16.59m. Masington also added a 12th place finish in the college discus throw. Other notable Connecticut performances came from the 4 X 100 IC4A team, composed of Selwyn Maxwell, Jesse Drinks, Kevin Smith, and Robert Hovanec, which placed fifth with a time of 41.50 seconds. Chris Ackell (57.12m) and Josh Faboyede (56.42m) notched sixth and seventh place finishes, respectively, in the hammer throw.
Junior Claudio DelliCarpini earned the BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week award for his first place finish in the 110m hurdles at the Yale Invitational on April 28. His time of 14.59 puts him 10th in the BIG EAST.
Connecticut held onto the No. 2 spot in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Northeast Region ranking, tallying 558.62 points, and trails only No. 1 ranked Cornell (814.63), which crept into the No. 19 spot in the national rankings this past week.
The Huskies will look to continue their recent string of postseason success, as the indoor team captured the trio of the BIG EAST, New England, and IC4A Championships this past season. For UConn, it marked the second time in program history that the team swept all three major championships. Head Coach Greg Roy called his indoor team one of the best teams in UConn history.
Following the championship events, the Huskies will have a week off to prepare for the IC4A Championships next weekend in Princeton, N.J.