June 10, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – Senior thrower Eric Masington is the only Husky left standing from the men’s track and field team as he embarks on his first-ever trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The discus competitor is seeking to earn the first All-American acknowledgement of his collegiate career.
The Championship will be held from June 11-14 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. A complete schedule of events has been posted above, along with a link to live stats and start lists. More information can be found on the NCAA Championship Central page.
The powerful hurler competed in the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla., where his throw of 57.85m was good for eleventh place and a trip to Oregon. With teammates Craig Hunter, Brian Eilers, Robert Rhodes, and Chinedu Amonu coming up short in the NCAA Regional in their respective events, it was Masington who would be the sole UConn men’s representative in the NCAA Finals.
Masington will compete on Friday, June 13th at 4:00 p.m. PST in the trials for the discus throw, with the finals being held directly afterward for the student-athletes who qualify.
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Masington (Trevose, Pa.) has been a force for the men’s track and field team all season with his strength and focus leading his success in both shot put and discus.
Though he will be competing in the discus throw on Friday, Masington’s shot put was equally impressive throughout the outdoor season. He placed fifth at the American Athletic Conference Championship (16.59m) and sixth at the IC4A Championship (17.34m) in shot put, earning top recognition in two of UConn’s major outdoor meets.
As a discus thrower, Masington won the Walt Disney Open (54.40m), the Dog Fight (55.72m), and the UConn Challenge (54.26m), proving his dominance over competition. With a throw of 57.80m, he won first place for discus in the AAC Championship. The Husky senior won discus at the New England Championship as well, helping his team to a third place finish after a heave of 58.80m. His throw of 58.73m was his season-best and helped him capture third place in the IC4A Championship. Masington qualified for the East Regional after his many victories, which is where he earned a spot in the NCAA Finals. The eleventh place finish for the UConn track star showed improvement from his 16th place finish in last year’s East Regional.
Continue to check back to www.uconnhuskies.com for information and updates as the Championship progresses.