July 11, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - Following a successful indoor season which saw the Huskies claim the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship crown and an outdoor season in which the Huskies grabbed a third-place finish, two student-athletes, Michael O'Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) and Chinedu Amonu (Ewing, N.J.) continued their recent string of success at the 2014 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. on July 5-6.
O'Donnell, who placed first in the 1500m run during the outdoor conference championships with a time of 3:56.66, finished the 1500m with a time of 3:58.64, which earned him a 12th-place finish in preliminaries. The freshman enjoyed his first season in Storrs, taking home first-place finishes at the New England Championship and the Specs Invitational in Athens, Ga., and grabbing the top spot in the mile run at The American indoor championship. (4:13.21).
“It was a good experience,” said O’Donnell. “Racing against high caliber opponents was exciting and it’s something I can use to help me next year.”
O’Donnell was joined on the track by teammate Amonu, who competed in the 400m dash and earned a 13th-place finish with a time of 48.45 seconds. The freshman burst onto the scene during the 2013-14 indoor season, capturing first-place in the 400m dash at the Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup with a time of 47.89. Amonu carried over momentum into the outdoor season and ran the anchor leg of the 4X100m relay that finished fifth at the American Championship.