Sophomore Devan Bailey Captures Blue Devil Run With Record Time on Wednesday Afternoon

Sophomore Devan Bailey captured the 15th Annual Blue Devil Run on Wednesday afternoon with a record-breaking time of 22:19 in New Britain. His time breaks the previous mark of 22:35 set by former Blue Devil Jon Popofski set in 2001. Bailey was running in the run for the first time, he missed last season's Blue Devil Run because of an injury. The Blue Devil run takes place on a 3.7 mile course adjacent to the Central campus.

Freshmen De'Angelo Speech (23:30) and Daquan Brickhouse (24:20) finished second and third respectively in their first-ever Blue Devil run. Senior Shemik Thompson was fourth (24:25), followed by sophomore Joe Efese (25:25), junior Ken Horton (26:15) and freshman Justin Alexander (26:20). Senior Markeys Deans (27:15) and freshman Terrell Allen (29:42) rounded out the nine runners who participated.

The Blue Devil Run has been an annual event at the official beginning of the basketball season since head coach Howie Dickenman took over the men's basketball program 15 years ago.

The Blue Devils begin practice for the 2010-11 season on Friday night in New Britain. The first game of the season will take place on Saturday night, November 13th against Hartford in the Connecticut 6 Classic. This season the Classic will be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The Blue Devils and Hawks will meet at 6 p.m. It is the first meeting for the two teams since the 2002-03 season.

Juniors Robby Ptacek, Vince Rosario and Chris Baskerville were excused from the race and did not participate.