May 3, 2012
Storrs, Conn.- The University of Connecticut men's track and field team will head to Tampa, Florida this weekend with their sights set on capturing a second consecutive BIG EAST Championship, as the team is the reigning champs. The meet will be held at the University of South Florida with events beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday May, 4th and continuing until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday May, 6th when they will be concluded with an awards ceremony.
Head Coach Greg Roy full of confidence about the team stated, “Either Notre Dame or UConn could win, it comes down to who competes the best.”
The Huskies will look for leadership from its four captains, seniors Kyle Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, N.J.), along with junior captains Ben and Jake Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) to set the tone this weekend, as the team looks to beat out rival Notre Dame for the top spot.
Senior Kyle Duggan has had a huge impact this season with his most recent success coming last weekend at the Penn Relays. Duggan captured sixth place with a height of 4.90m in the college men’s pole vault. Duggan is also ranked second currently in the Big East with a vault of 5.20 meters.
Brothers Ben and Jake Waruch will look to make their mark at USF, as they are ranked first and second in the decathlon overall. Jake has posted an amazing 7,597 points with brother Ben scoring a respectable 6,723 points.
The Huskies will also depend on junior standout Noel James (Whitman, Mass.) who was able to place first in the high jump at the Penn Relays with a jump of 2.12m (6-11.5) to win the College Men's High Jump Eastern. James is currently ranked first in the BIG EAST and is listed at an impressive 7’ 3” mark.
Looking at the teams chances Coach Roy declared, “If we achieve championship performances we should come out on top.”
For the throwing events, senior captain Mike Alleman will lead the way as he is ranked third overall with a throw of 57’ 6.5” in the shot-put. Supporting Alleman, will be junior Joshua Faboyede who is ranked first in the hammer throw with a toss of 60.64m and will look to dominate the competition this weekend.
Other notable athletes to watch for this weekend are the likes of Jessie Drinks (Ossinging,N.Y.), who is ranked fourth in the Big East in the 100m with Darnell Cummings (Millbrook,N.Y.) close behind ranking seventh. Cummings is also ranked fourth in the 200m and will look to finish strong at USF. Also at the top of his respective event is Tim Benetan (Lake Forest, Ill.) who is ranked first in the 800m.
UConn will look for a strong performance from its 4x100 relay squad of Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.), Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.), Kevin Smith (Harwinton, Conn.) and Kevin Steinberg (Langhorne, Pa.). They are currently ranked first in the Big East with a time of 40.52 and will need another stellar performance to help the team in its title quest.
The Huskies will need every point they can get if they want to repeat as champions and beat out foe Notre Dame. The team has had a superior season this year and will look to ride their momentum into the weekend as they compete for their second straight BIG EAST Championship.