STORRS, Conn. -
The UConn men’s track and field team sends nine athletes in seven events plus a relay team to the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Championship this weekend in Lexington, Ky. The competition takes place Thursday through Saturday.
The top 48 performers of every event in each region earned a spot in the preliminaries with the best 12 in each region earning a spot at the NCAA National Championship in Eugene, Ore., on June 10-17 at Hayward Field.
Each field event at the preliminaries starts with three attempts by every athlete. The top 16 advance to the next round to determine the 12 that will move on to nationals. In the running events, there are two sets of races that will narrow the field to 12 for Eugene.
“This is a real solid number of athletes we are sending to NCAAs and a lot of programs would like to have this many,” said UConn head coach Greg Roy. “Once you get to the regionals, you have a chance for the nationals and the more guys we get there, the better. If we can get three or more to nationals, it will be great, and three would be good. If you are in the top 24 and you compete well, you can make it to nationals. It can get a little crazy after that.”
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Those heading to the regionals from UConn are:
Junior Stephon Henry (New Britain, Conn.) in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Henry is the No. 24 seed in the 400 and the No. 46 in the 110. Henry will run in the first round of the 400-hurdles on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern and the 110-meters begin Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Senior Kevin Foster (East Lyme, Conn.) and junior Seth Zuidema (Midland, Park, N.J.) are in the javelin. Zuidema won the javelin title at the American Athletic Conference championship and is the 13th seed in the event while Foster is the No. 10 seed. The javelin competition starts Thursday at 12:00 p.m.
Graduate student John Landis (Philadelphia, Pa.) is the No. 38 seed in the long jump. The long jump starts on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Junior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and senior Chinedu Amonu (Ewing, N.J.) in the 400-meter dash. Beram is the 20th seed while Amanu is the 43rd. The first round of the 400-meters is Thursday at 7:45 p.m.
Sophomore Malik Snead (Trenton, N.J.) is in the triple jump as the No. 7 seed. That event begins Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Freshman Cameron Thompson (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) is in the hammer throw as the No. 45 seed. Thompson also won the American championship in that event. The hammer takes place Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Senior Matthew Graziano (Canton, Conn.) is in the discus as the 43rd seed, which takes place Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
The UConn 4x100 relay team earned a spot and is the No. 14 seed with the lineup looking to be Landis, Amonu, freshman Stedman Cook (Ft. Washington, Md.) and Beram. That event starts Saturday at 6:15 p.m.