STORRS, Conn. -
It’s been a busy and successful summer for members of the UConn men’s track and field team as they compete and prepare for competition around the globe.
Two Huskies have qualified to represent the United States at the 2017 Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru, on July 21-23.
Rising sophomore Eric Van Der Els (Norwalk, Conn.) qualified for the games by winning the Junior National Championship in the 1,500-meter run in 3:46.84 at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championship in Sacramento, Calif. in June.
Rising sophomore Cameron Thompson (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) will also go to the Junior Pan Americans after he finished second in the hammer throw with an average mark of 212 feet, seven inches at the Junior Championships.
Rising junior Trenten Beram (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) finished fifth in the 200-meter run at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India, which took place July 6-9. His time in the final was 20.96 seconds and in the process broke his own national record for the Philippines. Beram’s mother is from the Philippines and he is a citizen. He previously set the record of 21.12 seconds at the Manila Open in June 2016.
Beram was fourth in his semifinal heat at the Asian games in a time of 21.07 seconds and was third in his heat at 21.05 seconds. Beram will also compete and represent the Philippines at the Southeast Asia Games in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, from August 19-31.
Rising sophomore Ivan Nyemeck (Quebec City, Que.) finished sixth in the under-20 triple jump at the Canadian National Championships in Ottawa from July 3-9. Nyemeck advanced to the final, but had to pass on his last three jumps due to injury.