Jan. 13, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y.- The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team opened the 2013 indoor campaign on Saturday at the Armory Invite. The Huskies were outstanding in their opening meet as they dominated competition winning the meet with a total of 204 points, while second place Penn notched 105.5 points.
UConn had a strong showing from its underclassmen with many Huskies competing in their opening collegiate meet and posting top-five finishes, while the squad had four first place finishes from its veteran All-Americans.
Senior All-American Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) guaranteed the Huskies ended the night on a high note as she posted back-to-back first place finishes in the shot put (16.43m - 53' 11" ) and the weight throw (20.84m - 68' 4 1/2" ) to total 20 points.
“Victoria [Flowers] was outstanding in her first outing in two years after having redshirted last season. She had a huge throw in the shot put with a great series of throws moved her to #9 in country and her weight throw was insightful to me for what is to come as she is #3 in national ranking,” stated head coach Bill Morgan.
In her first collegiate meet freshman Deysha Smith-Jenkins (Milwaukee, Wisc.) posted a top-five finish for the Huskies as she grabbed fourth place in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.73, while freshman Domonique Smalls (Cibolo, Texas) took sixth (7.78) and Cornietta Anderson (Waterbury, Conn.) finished seventh (7.85).
Junior All-American Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) jumpstarted her 2013 season with a first place finish in the 400 posting a time of 56.04 to add 10 points to the Husky total. Also running in the 400m was senior Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) in fourth (58.09) and sophomore Nyanka Joseph (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in sixth (59.41).
The Huskies earned 14 points in the 500m run with senior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) leading the way capturing third place with a time of 1:16.97, while freshman Paris Taft (New Haven, Conn.) was right behind her in fourth in 1:17.47.
The UConn underclassmen continued to have an impressive showing as freshmen Laura Williamson (Princeton, Mass.) and Emily Howard (Tolland, Conn.) claimed the top two spots in the 800 with times of 2:20.43 and 2:20.76, respectively.
Freshman Katherine Vodopia (Flemington, N.J.) and sophomore Terra Briody (Ridgefield, Conn.) tallied 14 points for the Huskies with taking second (3:00.20) and third (3:00.31) in the 1,000 meter run, respectively.
Connecticut’s distance runners continued to turn out impressive performances as freshman Emily Durgin (Standish, Maine) rounded out the night with a second place finish in the 3,000m run with a time of 10:25.16.
Connecticut dominated the 60 meter hurdles capturing four of the top five spots with junior Madalayne Smith (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) guiding the group with a first place finish in 8.59. Following Smith was freshman Odrine Belot (Elmont, N.Y.) in second (8.76), junior Chantal Scott (Raleigh, N.C.) in third (8.84) and freshman Sarah Bowens (Hillburn, N.Y.) in fifth (8.92).
Concluding the track events for the Huskies was the 4x800m relay team of Howard, Briana Pulido (Miami, Fla.), Bikanova and Williamson who notched six points with a third place finish in 10:00.23.
On the field, freshman Saija Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) kicked things off with a second place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.55m to earn the Huskies 8 points, while senior Brittany Powers (Warwick, R.I.) recorded a jump of 5.43m for fifth.
With two All-American high jumpers on the roster it is no surprise that the Huskies swept the event claiming the top three seats with junior Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) leading the charge taking first with a leap of 1.74m, while senior Jasmine Cribb (Naugatuck, Conn.) took second (1.74m) and junior Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) was third (1.74m).
UConn recorded its second sweep of the night as the squad saw three freshman take ownership of the top three spots in the triple jump. Coming in first was Belot with a jump of 11.96m followed by Melodee Riley (Jamesport, N.Y.) in second (11.65m) and Bowens in third (11.51m).
“We dominated a meet we should have and got the necessary information to address practices and everyone needs to make a greater commitment,” finished Morgan.
The Huskies return to action on Friday, January 18, at the Great Dane Classic.