Dec. 9, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Five senior members of the UConn men's track and field team have been named captains for the 2013-14 indoor season, Head Coach Roy announced on Monday morning. Sam Smith (Slingerlands, N.Y.), Cory Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.), Sean Walsh (Freehold, N.J.), Eric Masington (Trevose, Pa.), and Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.) will look to guide the squad, which opens its season within state lines on Jan. 17 at the Yale Invitational.
"These athletes represent everything that UConn Track and Field stands for," said Coach Roy of the appointments. "Each in their own way has established himself as a student, a citizen, and an athlete at the highest levels."
The quintet helped lead the Huskies to an impressive season in the 2012-13 campaign, as UConn claimed both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST titles in addition to finishing first at the New England Championships and winning the IC4A Championships.
Each senior captain represents the diversity of events that comprise both the track and the field components of the team. Smith, a decathlete from Slingerlands, N.Y., earned fourth and fifth place finishes at the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST Championships, respectively, in the decathlon. Fellow captain Cory Duggan also paced the Huskies last season, posting second-place finishes in the pole vault at both the IC4A Championships and the outdoor BIG EAST Championship. Duggan established a New England Championships record with a 5.11m leap to capture first place in the competition, concluding his junior season by matching the personal-best he set at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with a 5.15m effort at the NCAA East Regional.
Walsh, who has found success in both the heptathlon and the decathlon, will also help lead the field events. Masington, a discus thrower, took home second place in the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with a shot put toss of 17.38m last season.
Sprinter Darnel Cummings distinguished himself with a first place finish at the 2013 BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the 60m dash. Cummings also captured a third place finish last season in the New England Championships in the 200m dash and ran a 6.88 60 meter dash in the IC4A Championships.
"More than anything," Coach Roy concluded, "They have persevered as they have `climbed their own individual mountains' to be accorded the respect of their teammates and the Coaching Staff. Leadership of the Men's Indoor Track and Field Team is in good hands!"