McLaren and Bowens Earn Second-Place Finishes in the High and Long Jumps
Associate Head Coach Clive Terrelonge enters his ninth year with the University of Connecticut Women's Track and Field Team. Since his hire in 2004, the Connecticut program has become an increasing force on the National stage. His sprint/hurdle group has garnered multiple Big East and ECAC titles, as well as NCAA All-America Honors. For his efforts, Terrelonge has been a five time recipient of the USTFCCA North Eastern Region Coach of the Year.
The most recent 2011-2012 season was no exception to Terrelonge's successful tenure at Connecticut. The Indoor season was highlighted by the Distance Medley Relay, which earned NCAA All American Honors, running 11:10.24to earn eighth place at Nationals. Two-time All American and DMR 400 meter leg, Celina Emerson, followed her successful indoor season by reaching the NCAA East semifinal during the outdoor campaign. Joining Emerson from the sprint/hurdle group, were teammates Ana Groff and Madeline Smith in the 800 and 100H respectively. The outdoor season also included a record breaking 4x400 relay team, to help the Huskies reach an overall 2nd place finish at the ECAC championships.
2012 was an exciting year for the Connecticut track and field team as well as for the alumni. Former Husky hurdler, Phylicia George, represented Canada in the Games of the XXX Olympiad. She reached the final of the 100 hurdles running a personal best of 12.65. Coached by Terrelonge during her collegiate career, George made history by becoming the first UConn alumni to reach the Olympic games in the sport. Competing in the 2012 Olympic trials were 2011 graduate Trisha Ann Hawthorne and 2005 graduate April Garner. Both athletes reached the semifinal in their respective events; Hawthorne in 100 m dash for Jamaica and Garner in the 100 Hurdles for the US.
The UConn sprinters have been extraordinary since Terrelonge's addition to the program. Between 2005 and 2011 the title of BIG EAST Champion in the 60m and 100m has been in the sole possession of UConn sprinters. The 2010-2011 campaign saw then senior Trisha Ann Hawthorne and freshman teammate Celina Emerson named second team NCAA Indoor All Americans in the 60m dash and 4000m DMR respectively. Emerson became the youngest UConn sprinter to receive All America honors, while Hawthorne added to her already extensive list of accolades. Now graduate Trisha-Ann Hawthorne remains the most decorated sprinter in the history of UConn track and field. She has dominated the sprint events in the BIG EAST, winning an unprecedented 4 straight outdoor titles in the 100m and 200m. She also owns the BIG EAST record for 3 straight indoor victories in the 60m and 200m, tallying an impressive 17 individual titles. Hawthorne's name is cemented on the record board as she holds school records in the short sprint events from the 55m to 200m. She was the first athlete in UConn history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in two sprint events and the first track athlete to earn NCAA All-American honors by placing seventh in the 100m at the 2010 Outdoor NCAA Championships. Hawthorne has represented her native country Jamaica on several occasions beginning in 2008 at the 12th IAAF World Junior Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She went on to earn a silver medal for Jamaica as part of the 4x100 relay at the 2010 NACAC U-23 National Championships. During the indoor 2011 season she competed at the storied Milrose Games as part of the Jamaica vs USA 60m sprint event.
Terrelonge also helped guide 2010 graduate Phylicia George to success both regionally and nationally during her career as a Huskie. George was a two time qualifier for the NCAA National Championships, in the 2010 indoor season for the 60H, and in 2009 as part of the Outdoor 4x100 relay team. She currently holds the sprint hurdle records for the 55H, 60H, and 100H. Off the track she received NCAA Academic All-America, and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team honors. More recently, George represented Canada at the 2011 IAAF World Athletic Championships, placing seventh in the final of the 100H. She competed at the 2009 Canadian World Championship Trials, and the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials in the 100 hurdles and 200m dash.
The 2010 season saw another excellent year for the Huskies and Terrelonge. Once again, Terrelonge was honored as the indoor and outdoor Northeast Region Coach of the Year. The Huskies claimed both the indoor and outdoor ECAC Championships as well as the New England Championships. UConn also placed third in the BIG EAST Indoors while finishing second at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. Hawthorne claimed seven titles overall, including four BIG EAST Championships. She was crowned Athlete of the Meet at both ECAC Championships as well as the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. She then went on to become an NCAA Outdoor All-American in the 100m.
The Huskies saw three sprinters qualify for the NCAA Championships. Hawthorne joined Mandela Graves-Fulgham, George and freshman Kristen Brown to compile the NCAA Qualifying 4x100m relay team. In total, UConn saw nine sprinting records broken on the season.
During the 2009 season, Terrelonge led four of his athletes to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor National Championship in their individual events. At the Regional meet with Terrelonge coaching five of the ten total athletes representing UConn, the program recorded its best finish in school history. Earlier that season, the Huskies won their second consecutive ECAC Championship title.
"Coach Terrelonge has continued to present an outstanding group of sprinters and hurdlers featured by his first All-American Trisha-Ann Hawthorne. Recently named Associate Head Coach, he has been acknowledged for his stellar committment and loyalty to UConn and the student-athletes in our program."
Head Coach Bill Morgan
Hawthorne was named ECAC Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet, while just two weeks earlier she had been dubbed BIG EAST Outdoor Championship Track Performer of the Meet. At Sea Ray Relays, Coach Terrelonge's 4x200 led the UConn team with a win and then season best time. A short two weeks later, at the historic Penn Relays, the 4x200 team bettered their time, which eventually earned them a ninth place National ranking as released by Track & Field News. The 4x100 team also met success as they became the first in program history to make the "Championship of America" final.
During the indoor campaign, UConn defended its title as BIG EAST Champions as Hawthorne won both the 60m and 200m, while Graves-Fulgham broke her own school record to claim the 400m title. In the process, both gained a berth to the NCAA National Championship. With two champions in three events, and four athletes in the finals of the 60m dash, Terrelonge's sprinters amassed over 50-percent of the team's total BIG EAST points.
Terrelonge and the Huskies had an outstanding year in 2008. En route to the Huskies' first ECAC Outdoor Championship title, his sprint group led the way accounting for nearly half the Huskies' points. At the conclusion of the season, four new school records were set. The 2008 indoor season proved to be historic as UConn pulled off the "triple crown" in the championship season, winning the New England, BIG EAST and ECAC Championship titles. It was the team's first ever BIG EAST Indoor title, their second consecutive ECAC crown and their third straight New England Championship victory. At the conclusion of that historic season, the program was recognized by the USTFCCA with Northeast Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Field Athlete of the Year honors in Bill Morgan, Clive Terrelonge, and Tamara Highsmith, respectively.
Terrelonge and the Huskies performed well during the outdoor campaign in 2007, where five of the Husky sprinters competed in the NCAA Regionals. The 2006-07 squad captured two titles during the indoor season; the ECAC and the New England Championship titles. The Huskies were third at the BIG EAST Championship, which was the highest finish in school history before the UConn victory in 2008. In recognition of his achievements, Terrelonge was named one of the United States Emerging Elite Coaches and was selected to participate in the United States Track and Field (USATF) Elite Men's and Women's event camps, which were held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. July 14-19, 2007.
In 2006, Terrelonge coached fourteen athletes to New England Championship titles, and ten athletes to All-BIG EAST status. He finished the season with four athletes competing at the USA Jr. Championship most notably Graves-Fulgham who finished as a finalist in the 400m.
During Terrelonge's first year with the University of Connecticut program, he wasted no time in making an impact. In 2005, he led current volunteer coach, April Garner, to new and presently unbroken school records in the high hurdle events. That year she was the BIG EAST runner up in the 60 hurdles and 100 hurdles, following her ECAC indoor hurdle title from the previous year. As a post collegiate, she competed on an international level under the leadership of Terrelonge. During that time she reached the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 2006 and 2007 US Indoor National Championship 60 hurdle finals.
Prior to coming to UConn, Terrelonge worked at Brown University and his alma mater, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. While at Brown, he helped guide the team to a second place finish in the Ivy League in 2004. Over the two years he served at Brown, his sprinters broke two school records that stood for over ten years in the 100 and the 110 hurdles.
In 2004, Brown had its first women's Ivy League 100m champion over six years. At Lincoln, Terrelonge helped lead the women's squad to a NCAA Division III Championship and produced eight All-American sprinters/hurdlers that year. During his time as an assistant coach, the men captured six NCAA indoor and outdoor titles and two runner-up trophies. The men's sprinters also set five NCAA records and earned over sixty All-America honors.
As a collegiate competing for Lincoln University, Terrelonge earned 19 Division III All-America honors in the 400m, 800m and 4x400 relay. He is a former NCAA two-time 400m champion, three-time 800m champion, and still holds the 800m NCAA Division III outdoor record. He was an accomplished professional athlete as a World Champion and two-time Olympian for Jamaica.
Terrelonge was inducted into the NCAA Division III Track and Field Hall of Fame at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Track and Field Championship Banquet in Waverly, Iowa on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Lincoln in 1994. Terrelonge currently resides in Storrs, Conn.