WESTFIELD, Mass. – Freshman pole vaulter Craig Hunter shattered both the school and meet record in the pole vault as the Huskies took third place at the 2014 New England Outdoor Championships on Saturday in Massachusetts. Connecticut achieved the feat with a skeleton crew, as final exams left the team short-staffed for the weekend.

Hunter, who was one of three Huskies to register a gold medal on Saturday, cleared a height of over 17 feet (5.30m, 17-04.50) to capture the pole vault. His height handily surpassed the school marker of 5.18 (17-00.00) previously set by Jake Radzevich in 2006 and established a New England Championship meet record. The effort also landed him among some of the best in the country, as his effort currently ranks 36th in the country. Needless to say, the height also represented a new personal-best for the rookie phenom. Tim Murphy added a silver medal finish in the same event, clearing 5.00m.

Joining Hunter atop the podium this afternoon were Mike O’Donnell and Eric Masington. O’Donnell posted another dominant performance in the 1,500m run, clocking a time of 3:48.47 to earn his second top finish in as many weeks. Masington earned his gold in the discus throw, launching for 58.80m to take home his first-ever New England title. Jesse Chapman capped the UConn effort in the shot put with seventh place on a 46.50m throw.

Sprinter Darnell Cummings supplied the Huskies with a second place finish in the 200m dash, posting a time of 21.22 to finish four hundredths of a second off of the top finisher in Jalen Young (Rhode Island). James Lowe andAaeron Sykes took fourth and sixth places, respectively, in the 400m hurdles. Lowe led the way with a time of 53.39, followed closely by Sykes in 53.82.

Robert Hovanec took home a top-ten finish in the 400m dash, posting a time of 49.80 to grab eighth place. In high jump action, Tobey Belton paced the squad with a seventh place finish after jumping a height of 2.00m. Harley Lacroixrounded out UConn’s top-ten finishers with a 14.13m result in the triple jump.

The Huskies return to the track next weekend, when they travel to Princeton, New Jersey for the IC4A Championships. Action begins on May 16 and concludes on May 18.

UConn Finishes:

200m Dash

2. Darnell Cummings – 21.22

400m Dash

8. Robert Hovanec – 49.80

800m Run

14. Paul DeSalvo – 1:52.19

15. Robert Rhodes – 1:52.25

20. Nick O’Leary – 1:53.51

1500m Run

1. Michael O’Donnell – 3:48.47

12. Bryan Fowler – 3:53.06

23. Nick Bertoline – 3:59.12

400m Hurdles

4. James Lowe – 53.39

6. Aaeron Sykes – 53.82

4x400m Relay

10. UConn – 3:17.39

High Jump

7. Tobey Belton – 2.00m

11. Demario Gray – 1.95m

Pole Vault

1. Craig Hunter – 5.30m (MEET RECORD)

2. Timothy Murphy – 5.00m

Triple Jump

8. Harley Lacroix – 14.13m

Shot Put

1. Eric Masington – 58.80m

7. Jesse Chapman – 46.50m

From:  http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-track/recaps/051114aaa.html


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