STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - After months of training it was time for the UConn women's track and field team to kick off the 2018 indoor season. The Huskies made the trip to Penn State where they competed in the Nittany Lion Invitational on Saturday.
"Coming off the Christmas break I didn't expect our team to be extremely sharp and we weren't," said Head Coach JJ Clark. "We had some top five finishes and personal best which is movement in the right direction."
A handful of UConn runners turned in career bests at the meet. Freshman Mia Nahom turned in an 11th place finish in the 1000m with a time of 3:06.39, while Allie Alsup followed with a time of 2:56.77. Nicole Faucette's time of 3:06.39 was also a personal best in the 1000m as she turned in a 26th place finish.
Brianna O'Brien carried her success from the cross country season onto the track, as the freshman finished sixth overall in the 3k with a personal best time of 10:50.11. Haley Hasty (10:09.45) rounded out the top-15 finishers placing 11th while Mackenzie Pias turned in a career best time of 10:50.11 in the race.
In the sprints, the Huskies finished seventh, eighth and ninth in the 200m. Elise Anderson led the way finishing in 25.77, while Kristina Cherrington (25.89) and Ashley Wiggins (25.98) claimed the following two spots.
In the shot put, sophomore Divine Oladipo took home the silver medal with a throw of 16.03m. Additionally, Amaris Blount also turned in a second place performance in the weight throw recording a distance of 19.11m. Overall, the Huskies claim three top-5 finishes in the weight throw as Kelli Thomas (17.51m) and Chanell Botsis (17.31) finished in fourth and fifth, respectively.
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