May 7, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team will travel to Westfield State University for the 2014 New England Championships on Thursday afternoon. The Championship runs from May 8 through May 10.
In the field events, Adam Boucher and Kevin Foster will represent UConn in the javelin throw while John Landis competes in the long jump and Harley Lacroix looks to make a splash in the triple jump. Demario Gray and Tobey Belton both posted qualifying heights throughout the season in the high jump, while freshman Craig Hunter enters the meet tied with James Strawderman of Rhode Island for the highest height achieved in the pole vault this season at 5.20m.
Senior sprinter Darnell Cummings boasts the time to beat in the 200m dash, with a season’s best 21.10 to earn a spot in Friday’s heat. Robert Hovanec and Kyle Twombly both qualified in the 400m dash to represent UConn. The Huskies will have three student-athletes competing in the 1,500m run on Saturday, led by American Conference Champion Mike O’Donnell along with Bryan Fowler and Nicholas Bertoine. Competing in the 10,000m run will be Stephen Vento and Ned Wilson, who grabbed third place in the same event at last weekend’s league championship meet in Florida.
James Lowe and Jesse Chapman will look to challenge in the 110m hurdles, while Aaeron Sykes, James Lowe and Nigel Walker compete in the 400m hurdles.
Connecticut’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams enter the meet with the top times while the 4x880m squad holds the second-fastest showing this season. Top contenders across the relay events will include Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Southern Connecticut.
Eric Masington and Matthew Graziano will look to vie for the shot put title on Saturday. Masington took home his first-ever conference title at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship last weekend with a heave of 57.80m. The senior leader was one of two Huskies to earn individual crowns to pace the squad last weekend.