May 14, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s track and field team will compete for the program’s second-ever IC4A Outdoor Championship this weekend in New Jersey. The squad travels to Princeton University, site of the 138th running of the championship after the first meet was held in 1876. Events begin on Friday, May 16 and continue through Sunday, May 18. A complete schedule of events has been posted above. Results will be available through Lancer Timing Services, which can be reached by following THIS LINK.
While the Huskies boast a pair of Indoor IC4A titles to their name, the squad has taken home just one IC4A Outdoor crown in its history. The lone win came in 2010 when a dramatic victory in the 4x800m relay clinched Connecticut’s surge through the leaderboard. Finishing with 64 points on the weekend, UConn bested second place Liberty and third place finisher Rutgers to earn its first crown, besting the 55-team field in the process. The squad concluded last year’s Outdoor Championships in seventh place.
The Huskies will look to once again capture the meet this weekend in New Jersey, and will look to several big contributors to do so. Building on a spectacular rookie season at the New England Championships last weekend was freshman pole vaulter Craig Hunter. Hunter, who set both the New England Championship and UConn record with a 5.30m (17-04.50) height, has been a consistently high performer for Connecticut this season. His efforts tie for 12th–best among NCAA Division I East rivals.
Also boasting one of the top times in Division I East is senior leader Eric Masington. The thrower was superb at New Englands last weekend, mustering a career-best 58.80m (192-11) hurl in the discus throw to dominate the event. As a measure of his accomplishment, his closest competitor’s throw landed more than eight meters short of Masington’s. His nearly 193-foot throw ranks 12th in the NCAA Division I East.
UConn enters the weekend ranked No. 4 in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional rankings.