Chapman wins decathlon title as Connecticut claims 13th Big East crown
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Connecticut had an exciting weekend at Rutgers, where the Huskies captured their 13th Big East crown in a closely contested competition. The Huskies took the title back to Storrs after recording 119.5 points, while second-place Notre Dame finished with 107.5 points. The Huskies have now won four outdoor conference titles.
The UConn coaching staff was selected as the Outdoor Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year. This marks the fourth time that head coach Greg Roy and his staff have earned the accolade in the indoor and outdoor season the same year. This is also the third time that Connecticut has claimed both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same campaign after doing so in 2002 and 2011.
“This was truly a team and program win. This team faced more adversity than maybe any team I've ever had and responded like the champions that they are,” Roy said. “To win the last true Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championship is something everyone associated with the program will cherish. Our decathletes set the table on the first two days and the rest of the kids finished it off [on Sunday].”
Jesse Chapman was the lone Husky to reach the top of the podium, winning the decathlon title on Saturday. Overall, Connecticut finished the meet with 15 top-five finishes.
Senior Chris Whyte led the Huskies on the track on Sunday as he captured second place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.21. Selwyn Maxwell claimed third in the 110-meter hurdles after crossing the finish line in 13.93.
Alvaro Chavez and Alex Bennatan earned four points in the 800m, grabbing sixth (1:51.78) and eighth (1:52.60) place.
In his final conference meet, senior Jesse Drinks totaled eight points after reaching the podium in the 100m dash and finishing seventh (21.76) in the 200. Drinks claimed the bronze in the 100m on Sunday with a time of 10.46.
The UConn relay teams tacked on 14 points with the 4x800 team (James Agati, Alvaro Chavez, Alex Benntan, Tim Bennatan) registering the highest finish, clocking in at 7:36.60 for third place. Connecticut’s 4x400 team (Kyle Twombly, Whyte, Robert Rhodes, Robert Hovanec) took fourth in 3:13.18 and the 4x100 relay squad (David Kenney, Kevin Smith, Tyler Hopson, Hovanec) finished sixth in 41.91.
On the field, Eric Masington headed to the podium for the second time in as many days after recording a toss of 51.88m (170-02) in the discus for third place.
Cory Duggan captured second place in the pole vault with a personal best of 5.15 meters for the silver and eight points.