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2009 Men's Track & Field News

June 13, 2009
Five Sign On For Men's XC/Track
The Central Connecticut men's cross country and track and field program announced five National Letter of Intent signings for #$%^the 2009-10. Mohamed Hrezi of Naugatuck, Craig Hunt of New Milford, Kyle Roberts of Higganum, Chris Rosenberg of West #$%^Hartford, and Josh Trares of Tolland have committed to CCSU for next season. This core of student-athletes gives the Blue #$%^Devils a strong incoming class of home grown talent.

May 16, 2009
Blue Devils Compete at IC4A Championships
Sean Smith, Matt Berube and the Central Connecticut 4x100 meter relay team competed at the IC4A Championships in Princeton, NJ on Saturday. Smith finished the 400 meter dash in 49.38 seconds, while Berube took 20th in the long jump, recording a distance of 6.77 meters. The relay team of Tom Hylan, Smith, Brian Lowe and Tristan Roberts placed 24th with a time of 42.73 seconds.

May 9, 2009
Smith Scores For CCSU at New Englands
Sean Smith placed in both the 200 and 400 meters to score the only points for Central Connecticut at the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The senior took fifth place in the 400, crossing the line in 48.24 seconds, and placed seventh in the 200 with a time of 22.27 seconds. Smith picked up six points to lead the Blue Devils to 29th out of 41 scoring teams at UMass this weekend.

May 8, 2009
Smith Qualifies For Finals In 200, 400 at New Englands
Senior Sean Smith qualified for the finals in the 200 and 400 meters at the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships at UMass. He crossed the line in 21.85 seconds in the 200 and 48.60 in the 400 meters. Five other Central Connecticut student-athletes finished in the the top 25 in their respective events on Saturday.

May 3, 2009
Whalen, Sanderson Lead Men's Track at NEC Championships
Senior Matthew Whalen and junior Ry Sanderson placed second in their respective events for Central Connecticut as the Blue Devils placed fifth at the Northeast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. It was the best finish for CCSU since the team took fifth back in 2001. Whalen put forth his silver medal performance in the 1,500 meters, crossing the line in 4:03.82. Sanderson, after finishing second in the 10,000 on Saturday, took second in the 5,000 meter run on Sunday, recording a time of 15:04.54.

May 2, 2009
CCSU in 3rd After Day One at NEC Championships
Ry Sanderson and Nick Trifone put forth silver medal performances to pace Central Connecticut during day one of competition at the Northeast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Sanderson took second in the 10,000 meters, crossing the line in 31:36.20. Trifone was second in the high jump, recording a height of 1.92 meters. The Blue Devils are currently in third place with 37.5 points heading into the final day of competition on Sunday.

April 25, 2009
Men's Track Competes at UMass, Smith Wins 200 Meters
Sean Smith won the 200 meter dash and placed fourth in the 400 to lead the Central Connecticut men's track and field team at the UMass Pre-Conference Meet. The Blue Devils finished sixth out of nine teams on Saturday. Smith, a senior from Norwich, CT, finished the 200 in 21.88 seconds, and crossed the line in 49.33 seconds in the 400.

April 20, 2009
Eric Blake is 9th American Finisher at Boston Marathon
Central Connecticut assistant track and cross country coach Eric Blake finished 24th at the Boston Marathon this morning. His time of two hours, 23 minutes and 54 seconds was an improvement on last year's finish and made Blake the ninth American to cross the line in Boston, MA.

April 18, 2009
Whalen Wins 1500, CCSU Takes 3rd at Holy Cross Invite
Matthew Whalen won the 1,500 meter run as the Central Connecticut men's track and field team place third at the Holy Cross Invitational on Saturday. The senior crossed the line in 3 minutes and 59.51 seconds. Freshman Matt Berube put forth top four finishes in all three jumping events. He placed second in the triple jump, recording a distance of 13.61 meters and took fourth in both the long and high jump events, with marks of 6.62 and 1.83 meters, respectively.

April 11, 2009
Berube Sweeps Jump Events As CCSU Places 2nd At UMass
Matt Berube won all three jumping events as the Central Connecticut men's track and field team placed second at the UMass Spring Meet on Saturday. The freshman won the triple jump with a mark of 13.58 meters, the high jump with 1.91 meters and the long jump with a distance of 6.83 meters. The Blue Devils totaled 113 points and were topped by the host Minutemen who finished with 186 team points.

April 4, 2009
Men's Track Competes At UConn Invitational
Freshman Matt Berube placed second in the long jump and put forth a bronze medal performance in the high jump, while the Central Connecticut men's track and field team competed at the UConn Alumni Invitational on Saturday. Berube recorded a distance of 6.72 meters in the long, while jumping a height of 1.89 meters in the high jump.

April 2, 2009
Men's Track Picked 8th In Coaches' Poll
The Central Connecticut men's track & field team was selected eighth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll for the outdoor season, released today. The Blue Devils finished 9th out of 11 teams at last year's NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but were fourth this winter at the NEC Indoor Championships.

March 21, 2009
Men's Track Competes at Disney Invitational
The Central Connecticut men's track and field team competed in the Disney Invitational over the weekend at Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Seven Blue Devil student-athletes qualified for final heat competition, including Matt Berube who placed in three events. The freshman took third in both the high and triple jump, while placing fourth in the long jump. Berube recorded a distance of 7.0 meters in the long, while jumping 1.94 and 14.7 meters in the high and triple jump, respectively.

March 8, 2009
Men's Track Finishes Indoor Season at IC4As
The Central Connecticut men's track and field team finished their indoor season this weekend as they competed in the IC4A Championships in Boston, MA. Junior R.J. Simeone set a personal record in the 500 meters, placing 20th with a time of 1:04.26.

February 28, 2009
Men's Track Competes at New England Championships
Four individuals and a relay team received All-New England honors for the Central Connecticut men's track and field team, while they placed 15th out of 33 scoring teams at the New England Championships in Boston, MA. Sean Smith placed fifth in the 400 meters, R.J. Simeone took fourth in the 500, Matthew Whalen was seventh in the 1,000 meter run and Matt Berube tied for seventh in the high jump. The 4x800 meter relay team of Whalen, Simeone, Robert Weston and Dan Watson added an eighth place finish to give CCSU 13.5 points in the meet.

February 22, 2009
Men's Track Places 4th at NECs, Sanderson Wins 5,000 Meters
With a gold medal performance in the 5,000 meters and a third place finish in the 3,000, junior Ry Sanderson led the Central Connecticut men's track and field team to their best finish at the Northeast Conference Indoor Championships since joining the league in 1998. The Blue Devils placed fourth out of 12 teams in competition at the 2009 NEC Indoor Championships in Landover, MD. Sanderson recorded a time of 14:51.69 to win the 5,000 and crossed the line in 8:43.31 to grab third in the 3,000 meter run.

February 21, 2009
Men's Track Competes In Day One of NEC Championships
Junior Ry Sanderson placed third in the 3,000 meters on Saturday and the Central Connecticut men's track and field team is currently in seventh place at the Northeast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Landover, MD. Sanderson crossed the line in 8:43.31 to grab six points for the Blue Devils. CCSU will continue final day action on Sunday with field events beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the first track event to run at 12:30 p.m.

February 7, 2009
Men's Track Wins Eight Events, Finish 2nd at Maine Open
The Central Connecticut men's track and field team won eight events, including both relays, but finished eight points shy of the host Black Bears at the Maine Open on Saturday. The Blue Devils put up 116 points to UMaine's 124, while the Crusaders of Holy Cross placed third with 103 points.

January 30, 2009
Smith Leads Blue Devils, Sanderson Breaks Record at Boston Indoor Games
Senior Sean Smith won the 400 meters and placed third in the 200 meters to lead the Central Connecticut men's indoor track and field team to a seventh place finish at the Boston Indoor Games on Friday evening. Smith set season best time's in both events, recording a time of 22.55 seconds in the 200 and a 49.33 second mark in the 400.

January 24, 2009
Simeone and Berube Lead Blue Devils at URI Meet
RJ Simeone won the 500 meters and qualified for both the New England and IC4A meet with a time of 1:05.02, as the Central Connecticut men's indoor track and field team finished third at the URI Quad Meet on Saturday. Freshman Matt Berube was the other first place finisher for the Blue Devils, recording a distance of 43 feet 6.5 inches in the triple jump.

January 17, 2009
Whalen and Smith Lead CCSU to 6th Place at Sorlein Invite
Matthew Whalen placed second in the 800 meters, while Sean Smith took home third in the 400 meters and the Central Connecticut men's track and field team finished sixth out of 13 teams at the Sorlein Invitational on Saturday. Whalen crossed the line in 1:59.25 to receive eight points, while Smith's time of 50.85 seconds garnered six points for the Blue Devils.

January 10, 2009
Berube Places 5th and 10th, CCSU Competes at Yale Classic
Freshman Matt Berube placed fifth in the high jump and tenth in the triple jump, while the Central Connecticut men's track and field team competed in the Yale Collegiate Classic on Saturday. The Southington, CT native recorded a height of 1.89 meters in the high, while jumping 12.55 meters in the triple. The Blue Devils finished their first day of competition in 2009 with nine top ten finishes in New Haven.

December 9, 2008
Men's Indoor Track & Field Picked 11th in Coaches' Poll
The Central Connecticut men's indoor track & field team was selected eleventh in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, released today. The Blue Devils finished 10th out of 11 teams at last year's NEC Indoor Track & Field Championships.