Men’s Track and Field team takes fifth at the IC4A meet

The UConn men’s track and field team wrapped up the indoor season with a fifth-place finish at the IC4A meet hosted by Boston University. The Huskies finished the three-day meet with a total of 37 points, edging out Rhode Island by one point to secure their place.

Monmouth University won the team title with 58 points. Georgetown (51) finished second with a number of strong performances in the distance events. Albany (44) finished third, while Bucknell (41) finished fourth.

The majority of the scoring events happened Sunday, but there were still plenty of points to be had Saturday. Junior thrower Tosin Edwards took third place in a tightly contested weight throw, earning six of UConn’s total points. With his final attempt, Edwards posted a throw of 19.89 meters, just narrowly missing out on one of the top two places. Edwards finished three centimeters behind Michael Shanahan of New Hampshire, who won the event with a throw of 19.92 meters.

With junior captain Selwyn Maxwell out, sophomore Randall Wall stepped up in the 60-meter hurdles. Wall posted a season-best time of 8.2 seconds, earning seventh place and two points toward the team total.

Senior Dave Cotton picked up three more points in the mile run, taking sixth with a time of 4:11.32. Freshman Trentan Beram left his mark in the 200-meter dash, taking second place in 21.43 seconds. This concludes a breakout season for the freshman, who has been a constant threat for the Huskies in the sprinting events.

The Huskies’ 4×400-meter relay team scored eight more for the Huskies, finishing second in their event with a time of 3:10.86. The team – composed of sophomore Chinedu Amonu, Beram, senior James Lowe and sophomore Robert Hovanec – came into the meet seeded 11th, but with a very good chance of scoring. They did exactly that Sunday, missing out on the top place by 0.02 second.

Sophomore Craig Hunter wrapped up the scoring for the Huskies, taking the pole vault crown with a jump of 5.25 meters. Hunter finished 10 centimeters ahead of his closest competitor, Jiles Maness of Navy.

With the indoor season all but over, the only meet remaining is the NCAA Championships next weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas. However, it remains to be determined if any of UConn’s athletes will progress to that meet. The ones who do not will have plenty of time to prepare for the outdoor season, which kicks off March 25 in Austin, Texas.

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