July 9, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – UConn men’s track and field head coach Greg Roy announced the freshman class for the 2013-14 season. A trio of Connecticut High School All-Americans headlines an incoming class that features five All-Americans, six Connecticut state champions and two Massachusetts state champions.
“We are excited with the quality of this year’s class but the depth is impressive as well,” Roy stated. “Our annual goal in recruiting is to recruit an entire track and field team and we came close to that in this year’s class.”
Justin Alleyne | New Rochelle, N.Y. | New Rochelle High
Justin Alleyne is a converted basketball player who has great size and event range from the 200 through the 800. Alleyne was the National Emerging Elite champ in the 800 at the National Scholastics in New York City. The biggest question facing Alleyne is where he will be best. Justin, an engineering major, has personal bests of 22.64 in the 200m, 35.44 in the 300m, 49.24 in the 400m, 1:20.77 in the 600m and 1:54.88 in the 800m.
Jacob Almquist | Woodstock, Conn. | Woodstock Academy
Jacob Almquist is another hoops convert and played for the Woodstock Academy’s state championship team in 2013. A high jumper with a personal best of 6’10” he won the New England High Jump Championship this in 2013 while garnering All-American honors for his sixth place at the National Scholastic. Jacob is a pre-kinesiology major.
Chinedu Amonu | Ewing, N.J. | Ewing High
Chinedu Amonu, an athletic communications major, is an All-American 400 meter runner from the high school that produced UConn greats Olympian Dudley Dorival and Basil Campbell. A versatile sprinter, Amonu was called on to run three to five events week in and out as he scored more than half his teams points in the Sectional Championship. Amonu has PR’s of 6.59 in the 55m, 10.86 in the 100m, 22.07 in the 200m and 47.96 in the 400m.
Jared Delane | Bloomfield, Conn. | Northwest Catholic High
Jared Delane completed the unusual triple of 100, 200, 300 intermediate hurdles at the Connecticut State Open. A year-round competitor, he won’t choose a favorite event, focusing on what is the event of the moment. His state and New England Championships in the intermediate hurdles to go with outstanding speed may select for him. Delane, a kinesiology major, holds personal bests of 6.61 in the 55m, 1:25.58 in the 600m, 21.75 in the 200m, 35.65 in the 300m, 49.18 in the 400m, 38.50 in the 300m hurdles and 55.38 in the 400m hurdles.
Kevin Foster | East Lyme, Conn. | East Lyme High
Kevin Foster is the latest in the long line of East Lyme athletes to choose to continue their careers in Storrs. An engineering major who throws the Javelin, Foster has performed well at all levels of Championships with a state runner-up, New England 4th place and National Scholastic place of 19th on his resume. He owns a personal best of 189’8 in the javelin.
Demario Gray | Bloomfield, Conn. | Bloomfield High
Demario Gray is an all-around jumper who was a one-man wrecking crew for Bloomfield’s State Open Champs, accounting for three wins and 30 points. An All-American high jumper, he won his specialty as well as the long and triple jumps at the State Open. He earned his All-American honors with a fourth place finish at the Indoor National Scholastic. Undecided major with pr’s of 7’0 in the high jump, 23’6 in the long jump and 47’ in the triple jump.
Matt Graziano | Canton, Conn. | Canton High
Matt Graziano tied the state discus record in his Class meet and won his second State Open and New England tiles in 2013. He earned All-American honors for his eighth place finish in Greensboro. Graziano will also throw the shot put and hammer for the Huskies. Graziano, an accounting major, has a PR of 191’7 in the discus.
Patrick Hayes | Walpole, Mass. | Walpole High
Patrick (PJ) Hayes capped an undefeated 2013 outdoor season with his Massachusetts All-State championship in the 200m, to go with his 55m title that he had won indoors. He competed sparingly due to rehab from a football injury. New to the sport in 2012, Hayes has vast potential. He has PR’s of 6.45 in the 55m, 10.73 in the 100m and 21.68 in the 200m.
Craig Hunter | Robbinsville, N.J. | Robbinsville High
Craig Hunter was a three-time state champion and two-time All-American in the pole vault. Multi-talented, Hunter will focus on the vault completely in college. A computer science major, Hunter holds a personal best of 16’6 in the pole vault.
Ryan Luberto | Windham, Conn. | Windham High
Ryan Luberto the last commit of the class and almost didn’t have a senior year at Windham after suffering a torn ACL in football. A determined Luberto came back in time to win the State Open in the shot put. An environmental studies major, Luberto has a PR of 54’9 in the shot.
Michael O’Donnell | Methuen, Mass. | Methuen High
Michael O’Donnell is a Massachusetts All-State champion as he was the top mid-distance runner in the state with range from the 800 through the two mile as well as cross country. He was the state champ in both the indoor an outdoor mile and he narrowly missed All-American honors indoor with his tenth place at the National Scholastic. Undecided major with PR’s of 1:54.55 in the 800m, 4:14.88 in the mile, 2:27.22 in the 10,000m and 9:26.76 in the two mile run.
Ryan Pearl | Hamden, Conn. | Hamden High
Ryan Pearl blossomed late in his senior year and was the runner-up in the State Open 800 and ran a 4:17 mile as well.
Randall Wall | Plainfield, N.J. | St. Peter’s High
Randall Wall was a Parochial A runner-up in the high hurdles as well as scoring in the 400 intermediates. How well he adjusts to the college high hurdles will tell whether he is a combo hurdler or not. A Kinesiology major with personal bests of 14.43 and 55.03 in the highs and intermediates, respectively.