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Women's Track & Field Earns First Place

Celina Emerson concluded Great Dane Classic with two top-five performances.

Jan. 20, 2012


NEW YORK, N.Y-  The Huskies 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. UConn takes home the crown at the Great Dane Classic after posting three first place finishes and 15 top-five performances.

Returning All-American Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) kept the momentum going for the Huskies placing fifth in the 200m (24.85) and second in the 400m (55.09) to lead the mid-distance UConn competitors.

Junior Danielle Lyte (Burlington, Ontario) took the first top-five finish home of the afternoon after running the 60m dash in 7.65 for a fourth place finish. Freshman Nyanka Joseph (Brooklyn, N.Y.) placed fifth in the 400m with a time of 57.40.

Junior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) had another stellar day in the 500m in a time of 1:16.37 for fourth place.

UConn dominated the mile as senior Heather Wilson (4:42.45), junior Brigitte Mania (4:46.19) and freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (4:46.76) claimed the 2nd-4th spots, respectively.  The distance dominance didn’t stop there as junior Shauna McNiff (9:38.04) and sophomore Allison Lasnicki (9:42.67) finished first and second in the 3,000m, while senior Courtney Dinnan finished fourth (9:57.24).

Sophomore Madalayne Smith (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) captured third place in the 60m hurdles in 8.65. The 4X400m relay took home a fifth place seat after a time of 3:52.96.



Meanwhile, in the field events, All-American Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) and sophomore Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) finished first and second both tallying a leap of 1.75m in the high jump.

Junior Whitney Holder (Middletown, Conn.) added another impressive leap in the long jump with 5.90m for second.

The Huskies will compete at the Penn State National Invitational on Friday and Saturday next week while select members of Connecticut head to Boston University to compete on Saturday.