Nov. 22, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut head men's track and field coach Greg Roy has announced senior Mike Alleman (Scotch Plains, N.J.), redshirt senior Kyle Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.), and redshirt juniors Ben Waruch (Kerhonkson, N.Y.) and Jake Waruch(Kerhonkson, N.Y.) as captains for the upcoming indoor season.
"The four athletes that were selected Indoor captains represent the heart and soul of Connecticut Track and Field: their competitiveness and athletic excellence are very apparent. A strong committment to academic succes and ability to persevere in tough circumstances are threads that run throughout the group. Kyle Duggan as a second year captain joins a very select group that includes his coach, Rich Miller. The Waruchs are the first brothers in my tenure and to my knowledge, ever to serve as captains together. Mike Alleman is simply a person that is looked up to by many on the team as a person to lend advice or perspective to those trying to manange the difficult life of a student athlete. Together they will be formidable: as leaders, as competitors and as role models. I look forward to working with them," said Roy.
Alleman has been a threat to all opponents in throwing since his freshman campaign at UConn, always being a strong contender at the BIG EAST Championships, IC4A's and New England Championship. In the 2011 Indoor season, Alleman finished second at the BIG EAST Championship in the shot put with a mark of 17.77m and won the New England Championship in the shot put with a throw of 17.19m. He followed that up by placing third at the BIG EAST Championship in the shot put with a mark of 17.33m and winning the IC4A Championship in the shot put with a UConn season best throw of 17.59m during the 2011 Outdoor season.
Duggan, a second year captain, had a stellar 2011 Indoor campaign winning the New England Championship in the pole vault with a jump of 5.05, taking second at the IC4A Championship with a jump of 5.05 and with a leap of 4.95 he tied with his younger brother Cory for third at the BIG EAST Championship.
The Waruch twins did not compete in 2011 but were very successful in their freshman and sophomore years. In his sophomore indoor season, Ben finished third in the heptathlon at the BIG EAST Championship with 4,968 points and brought home ninth place in the heptathlon with 4,816 points at the IC4A Championship. Jake earned a second place finish in the heptathlon at the BIG EAST Championship with 5,094 points his sophomore Indoor campaign.
The Huskies will open the 2011 Indoor season at home on January 7 as UConn welcomes CCSU and SCSU.