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Men's Cross Country/Track and Field Inks Two Student-Athletes

Derek DiBona (pictured above) and Chris Heydrick will join the Huskies in the fall of 2015.
Nov. 18, 2014

STORRS, Conn. - On Tuesday, University of Connecticut men's cross country coach Greg Roy and his staff announced signing of two student-athletes for the 2015-2016 campaign. The Huskies will welcome Chris Heydrick and Derek DiBona to the Storrs campus in the fall of 2015.  

"I am very excited to welcome the 2015 signing class to the Husky family," Roy said. "I am looking forward to what each of these young men can bring to our team."

Chris Heydrick | Ellicott City, Md. | 6'2" | River Hill High School

Heydrick will begin his Husky career after earning 10 varsity letter in his four-year high school career at River Hill. Competing in both cross country and track, Heydrick was a three-time All-Metro selection and a seven-time All-Country member. He served as the team captain for the cross country team and took home seven regional championships. He was part of a cross country team that took home the state championship and also was a five-time individual state champion.

Off the track, Heydrick was a member of the National Honor Society and also took part in the Future Business Leaders of America.

"Chris is an outstanding middle distance prospect," Roy said. "He projects to be a miler, but has range from the 800 all the way through cross country.  He is a fierce competitor who did not lose on the track last year in Maryland."



Derek DiBona | Warwick, N.Y. | 6'1"|  Warwick Valley High School

DiBona comes to UConn after competing for head coach Michael Potter at Warwick Valley. Earned eight varsity letters during his four-year career, highlighted by an All-State selection as an upperclassmen. DiBona helped lead Warwick Valley to both a State and Division championship and was earned the title of MVP while serving as team captain. He will enter UConn as a film and mass communications major.

"We are very excited to see Derek become a Husky," said associate head coach Richard Miller. "He is an extremely explosive athlete with a tremendous drive to be great. As one of the top returning pole vaulters in the country, he will do nothing but elevate the level of competitiveness in a young and already accomplished group.  We can't wait for him to get to Storrs, CT in the fall and start working together."