Men’s track and field: Huskies to compete in 125th Penn Relays

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The UConn men’s track and field team will travel to Philadelphia to compete in the 125th edition of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus fromThursday, April 25 through Saturday April 27. This will be the Huskies’ final regular season meet before the AAC Outdoor Championships.

The competition will kick off on Thursday evening with Kyle Barber and Michael McGonnigle in the 3000m Steeplechase, followed by Kyle Brackman, Ian Mickool, Aidan Fiol and James Maniscalco in the 5000m run.

Friday will start Adam Khriss and Colt Nichols representing the Huskies in the 400m hurdles. Konstantin Rust will be the lone UConn runner in the 110m hurdles. UConn will field relay teams for the 4x100m and 4x800m, as well as the distance medley, sprint medley relay and shuttle hurdle relay.

Eric Van Der Els will run in the Olympic Development Mile on Saturday.

In the field events, Safir Scott, Malik Snead and Ian Bergere will all be competing in the championship heats for the high jump, triple jump and pole vault, respectively. All three are among the best in the American conference for their events; Scott and Snead hold the top spot for the high and triple jump, while Bergere is ranked fifth.

Benjamin Grosse will compete in the lower heat for the high jump and Devon McShane and Tyler Hrbek will compete in the lower heat for the pole vault. Snead will also be competing in the long jump alongside Jordan Torney.

Matthew Brady and Todd Stueber will both compete in the shot put. The duo rank fourth and sixth in the American. Stueber will also compete in the discus, where he ranks fifth after a strong performance at the Larry Ellis Invitational last weekend.

Sebastian Castano will compete in the hammer throw; his best throw is currently ranked fifth in the American. Michael Jeffers will compete in the javelin throw. Jeffers only made his season debut two weeks ago, and is already ranked seventh in the American.

The Penn Relays will be the final regular season meet of the year for the Huskies before they make their way to Wichita, KS for the 2019 AAC Outdoor Championships on May 10 through 12.


Neil Simmons is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at neil.simmons@uconn.edu.