Jan. 17, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Connecticut women’s track team won the Great Dane Invitational with a score of 117 on Friday in New York. The women earned a score of 117, which bested second-place Villanova by 34.5 points, to win for the third consecutive year. The Connecticut men's team also won the Great Dane Invite, completing a UConn sweep of the meet for the last three years.
The Distance Medley Relay squad of Laura Williamson, Tiffany Daley, Kat Vodopia, and Emily Durgin claimed first place with a time of 11:56.01. Durgin went on to finish third in the mile with a time of 4:53.51.The 4x400m relay team of Faith Dismuke, Deysha-Smith Jenkins, Paris Taft, and Celina Emerson grabbed second place with a 3:44.50 finish
Senior Chantal Scott won her first hurdles race in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.65s. Deysha Smith-Jenkins led all Connecticut runners with a 200m dash time of 24.42s. Nyanka Joseph added another noteworthy performance for the Huskies in the 400m dash, finishing in 56.82 seconds, demonstrating solid improvement among sprinters. Celina Emerson grabbed second place with a time of 55.19
On the field, the horizontal jumpers excelled for UConn. Sarah Bowens contributed to UConn’s success with a 5.75m (18-10.50) performance in the long jump to earn third place, with Melodee Riley earning sixth place on a 5.47m (18-03.25) showing. Natasha McLaren took home the silver medal in the high jump with a 1.75m (5-10.00) leap. Odrine Belot posted a 12.20m leap in the triple jump (40-00.50). Bowens and Riley posted fourth and fifth place finishes in the event.
“A step up in competition brough a higher level in outcomes – we’re getting there,” said coach Morgan of the team’s efforts. “Consistency is going to be the word from here on out – it’s a great group that will continue to grow.”
The Huskies return to action one week from today when they travel to the Cherry and Silver Invite in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Jan. 24.