Men’s Track And Field: Huskies finish regular season strong at Penn Relays

Several Huskies turned in solid performances despite some uncooperative weather throughout the competition. (Judah Shingleton/The Daily Campus)

Several Huskies turned in solid performances despite some uncooperative weather throughout the competition. (Judah Shingleton/The Daily Campus)

The UConn men’s track and field team wrapped up their regular season over the weekend with the conclusion of the 125th Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Several Huskies turned in solid performances despite some uncooperative weather throughout the competition. 

Michael McGonnigle placed eighth out of 44 runners in the 3000-meter steeplechase, finishing in a personal best time of 8:59.12. Kyle Brackman led the way for the Huskies in the 5000-meter, finishing in 14th place out of over 100 runners with a time of 14:18.24.  

Adam Khriss placed 26th out of 50 in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 54.17 seconds. Colt Nichols recorded a new personal best in the event, as his 55.37 time was good for 35th.  

Eric van der Els finished 10th in the Olympic Development Mile run with a time of 4:16.75. 

The 4x400-meter relay team of Noah Woodman, Safir Scott, Nichols and Wellington Ventura finished 16th out of sixty teams with a time of 3:12.09. The sprint medley and shuttle hurdles relay teams finished fourth and fifth respectively. 

In the field events Scott placed fifth in the championship heat of the high jump, topping out at 2.08 meters (6ft 9.75in) for the day. Benjamin Grosse also competed in the high jump, taking fifth in the college division with a season best 2.04 meters (6ft 8.25in). 

Ian Bergere took fourth in the championship heat of the pole vault with 4.90 meters (16ft 0.75in). Devon McShane and Tyler Hrbek claimed first and fourth in the college division of the pole vault, with McShane hitting a new personal best 4.85 meters (15ft 11in).  

Jordan Torney finished 8th in the college division of the long jump, topping out at 7.06 meters (23ft 3in). 

Todd Stueber recorded a season-best throw in the shot put of 17.07 meters (56ft), tying with teammate Matthew Brady for third place in the college division of the event.  

Sebastian Castano placed seventh in the college division of the hammer throw with his best throw measuring 55.72 meters (182ft 9in). Michael Jeffers finished eighth in the Javelin college division with a best throw of 57.65 meters (189ft 1in). This was only Jeffers’ second time throwing the javelin all season. 

The Huskies will now set their sights on the AAC Outdoor Championships at Wichita State two weeks from now on May 10-12. 


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