Men's Track: UConn succeeds at unscored meet
Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Updated: Sunday, February 16, 2014 22:02
This weekend, the UConn men’s track & field team competed in New York at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational, an unscored meet. Although it is unscored, this did not stop the team from turning in another top performance, which was highlighted by four first-place finishes. Leading the first place finishes once again was senior captain Darnell Cummings who won the gold medal in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.83 seconds. Also winning first place were freshman Chinedu Amonu with a time of 1:03:70 in the 500 meter, his best time to date, freshman Craig Hunter with a 5.10 meter jump in the pole vault, 0.1 meter of his career high, and sophomore Harley Lacroix with a 15.23 meter jump in the triple jump. Amonu and Cummings also shined in the 200 meter dash, earning second and third respectively.
Overall, the Huskies turned in 28 top-ten finishes, 18 being top-five finishes. The most dominant performances were turned in in pole vaulting and various jumping and throwing competitions. The pole vault saw the Huskies take all three places and four of the top seven with freshman Hunter in first, sophomore Grunwald in second, senior captain Cory Duggan in third and sophomore Tim Murphy in seventh. Not to be outdone, the Huskies did excellent in the high jump with junior Tobey Belton getting second and freshman Demario Gray getting fourth, as well as three top ten finishes in the long jump and three top ten finishes in the triple jump.
In the weight throw, junior Oluwatosin Edwards got second with a throw of 18.78 meters and senior captain Eric Masington also got second in the shot put with 17.24 meters. Other top ten finishes include sophomore Robert Hovanec, who placed fifth in the 400 meter, senior Paul DeSalvo who placed eighth in the 800 meter, freshman Randall Wall who placed seventh in the 60 meter hurdle and sophomore Bryan Fowler and freshman Mike O’Donnell, who placed fifth and ninth respectively in the mile run.
Next weekend, the Huskies will participate in the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, which Notre Dame calls home.