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Flowers Wins Shot Put & Weight Throw to Lead Huskies at Great Dane Classic

Victoria Flowers named Athlete of the Meet after notching two first places at the Armory.

Jan. 18, 2013

Great Dane Classic Results

NEW YORK, N.Y.  – Senior Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) led the Huskies for the second consecutive meet with two first places at Friday’s Great Dane Classic. The four-time All-American was tabbed as the Great Dane Classic Athlete of the Meet. UConn traveled to the Armory Track in New York, N.Y. for the second time in as many weeks to claim another first place team victory. Connecticut took home its second consecutive crown at the Great Dane Classic with 110.5 points.

Flowers, who was last week’s BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week, registered a hurl of 20.52m (67-04.00) in the weight throw and notched a toss of 16.20m (53-01.75) in the shot put for two first place titles.

“It’s always good to win a big invitational,” head coach Bill Morgan said. “Our mid distance group showed a stronger side and I thought our triple jumpers responded well.”

Connecticut saw two other Huskies earn the top spot as sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) and senior Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) each captured first place titles in the mile and the 800m run, respectively. Crevoiserat ran the mile in 4:44.60, which is fourth in the NCAA, and Mania finished the 800 in 2:11.82.

The Huskies earned six points in the 60 meter hurdles with junior Chantal Scott (Raleigh, N.C.) finishing sixth (8.83) and freshman Odrine Belot (Elmont, Conn.) in eighth place (8.89).

UConn dominated the mile as four Huskies finished in the top-five. Joining Crevoiserat was senior Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.) in second (4:52.91), junior Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.) took fourth with a time of 4:56.50 and freshman Emily Durgin (Standish, Maine) posted a time of 5:06.71 for fifth place.

Adding two more top-five marks to the Husky total was junior Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) who finished third in the 400 meter dash after finishing in 56.33, while senior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) grabbed fifth place in the 500 in a time 1:15.48.

The 1,000 meter run saw another controlling showing by UConn as Mania claimed second in 2:47.55, breaking the previous meet record, as freshman Katherine Vodopia (Flemington, N.J.) and sophomore Terra Briody (Ridgefield, Conn.) followed shortly after in third (2:57.81) and fourth (2:58.12), respectively.

Connecticut’s 4x400 meter relay squad of Tiffany Daley, Brianna Allen, Groff and Emerson captured second place with a time of 3:48.75. UConn’s second 4x400 team (S. Bikanova, Pulido, Crevoiserat, McNiff) took fifth in 3:58.75.

On the field, junior Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) took first place in the high jump with a leap of 1.75m.

The UConn freshman soared in the field events as Melodee Riley (Jamesport, N.Y.) took fifth place in the long jump with a mark of 5.59m and Belot grabbed third place with a leap of 12.21m (40-00.75) in the triple jump.

“The reality of where this leaves us is that with such diverse results we need to tighten up and substantially show marked improvement in certain areas,” finished Morgan. “We will learn from this meet and continue to progress. I have faith in this group.”

UConn returns to competition on Friday, January 25, at Boston University’s Terrier Invite. Events are slated to begin at 2 p.m.