June 3, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- UConn men’s track and field junior Jesse Chapman will compete in this week’s NCAA National Championship Meet when he begins the decathlon on Wednesday, June 5 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The East Thetford, Vt. native is partaking in his first NCAA Final as he is slotted in the 20th spot. The decathlon spans over two days starting on Wednesday at noon with the 100 meter dash, while Thursday begins at 11 a.m. with the 110m hurdles.
Chapman was crowned the 2013 Outdoor BIG EAST Championships decathlon winner after registering 7,437 points to reach the top of the podium. En route to the conference title, Chapman finished first in the discus and second in the 110m hurdles and javelin. His mark at the league meet has Chapman sitting in fifth place in the NCAA East Region.
“Jesse Chapman has seen one of the most significant improvements throughout a year that we have ever had,” stated associate head coach Rich Miller. “One that has him competing for a national championship this week. He has worked very hard, putting in countless hours, and is seeing the fruit of that work.”
Connecticut had three Huskies compete in this past weekend’s Pan American Combined Events Cup which draws athletes from 12 countries at Ottawa’s Terry Fox Athletic Facility. The UConn triad concluded the season challenging opponents from eight different countries from both North and South America. Leading the trio was Jake Waruch who finished ninth out of 28 athletes with 6,887 points. Ben Waruch concluded the event in 14th place after recording 6,450 points, while Sam Smith notched 5,868 points for 17th place.
"It was an honor to see Jake, Ben and Sam have this opportunity to compete in Canada. They were true ambassadors representing our university and state with real class and character. They were able to cap off a season that saw great team success in both the BIG EAST and in our region,” Miller concluded. “Each of them were tremendous leaders throughout the year. They were examples of how to work towards their individual and team goals and in how they handled adversity to make them stronger as people and all of us stronger as a team.”
Check back to uconnhuskies.com on Friday for final results and recap on Chapman’s trip to Oregon.