The UConn men’s track squad traveled up to Boston this weekend to take part in the three-day IC4 Indoor Track and Field Championships and came away with the victory, gaining 85 points with a whole lot of top three finishes.
Getting the win at this meet was huge for the young squad after a disappointing finish at the American Indoor Championships last week, head coach Greg Roy said.
“Some of the kids really rose up, a lot of them showed stuff they didn’t show a week ago and it’s all part of the growing and developing process as a team,” Roy said.
UConn received real competition from Liberty, who came within five points of UConn’s lead and Northeastern, who beat out the Huskies in the New England Indoor Championship earlier in the season.
“In New England, we’ve been the dominant program for a long time, and to lose the New England Championships that we really wanted to win, that was a bitter pill but we learned from it,” Roy said.
Leading the way for UConn was four-year-man Craig Hunter, who was the only Husky to place first overall in their event. Hunter won the pole vault with a leap of 5.15m, which proved to be the 10 point difference the Huskies would need to take the meet.
UConn’s next best performances came in the long jump and the high jump. Junior Trent Beram and freshman Daniel Claxton both placed second in their respective categories with jumps of 7.28m and 2.05m, earning a total of 16 points for the Huskies. Beram also came in third place in the 400m dash, picking up six points with a 46.77s race.
Both of UConn’s distance relay teams raced well, contributing 12 total points to the Huskies’ win. The distance medley team of Peter Garmon, Omar Gabril, Terrell Cunningham and Michael O’Donnell came in third with a time of 9:47.01. The team of Colt Nichols, Kyle Trocki, Tyler Gleen and Trent Beram came in third with a 3:11.34 run.
In other events, senior Patrick Begley earned the Huskies a valuable six points in the 3000m, coming in third in the event with a 8:03.44 run while Kyle Barber and Eric Van Der Els picked up seven points for the Huskies, taking second 5th and 6th in the mile run.
UConn track and field will be in action next on Friday, taking part in the Black and Gold Invitational, hosted by UCF.
Luke Swanson is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.