Huskies Enjoy Fine Showing at Terrier Classic

Emily Howard earned second place in the 1,000 meter run.
Emily Howard earned second place in the 1,000 meter run. UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

Jan. 24, 2014


BOSTON, Mass - The UConn women's track and field team enjoyed several excellent performances at the Terrier Classic on Friday in Boston, Mass.

Senior hurdler Chantal Scott continued her strong season with a second place finish in the 60m hurdles, shaving time off her finish last week to set a personal record of 8.61 seconds. In the 60 meter dash, Taylor Anderson achieved a time of 7.63 seconds to grab fourth place.

The 4x400 meter relay team once again found success. The quartet of Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Paris Taft, Faith Dismuke, and Celina Emerson captured second place with a time of 3:40.44. The squad inches closer and closer to the school record, finishing less than a second off in today's meet. Deysha Smith-Jenkins shined as an individual athlete as well, earning a second place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.13. She and teammate Taylor Anderson (25.21) both set indoor personal bests in the event.

Emerson added a very strong individual effort with a personal best in the 400 meter dash, posting the fourth-best time in the nation with a 54.05 finish. Faith Dismuke also set a personal record with a 55.93 result in the 400.

The Huskies excelled in the 1,000 meter run with Emily Howard taking home a second place finish with a time of 2:54.13. Howard smashes through her personal best, lowering her new record by eight seconds. Laura Williamson finished a close fourth in 2:54.54, dropping her personal record down three seconds for a new best time.

The jumpers performed well for UConn on Friday in Boston. Natasha McLaren continued her excellence in the high jump by grabbing a second place finish with a leap of 1.75M (5-08.75). The Huskies dominated the triple jump with three top-four finishes. Melodee Riley led the way with a personal-best leap of 12.24M to top her old record by 22cm and clinch the first place finish. Odrine Belot finished in second with a 12.20M effort Sarah Bowens celebrated her birthday with a fourth place finish to cap a superb day for UConn's jumpers.

In her first collegiate indoor meet and debut as a Husky, Kelly Myers threw for 11.29M (37-00.50) in the shot put. Megan Chapman earned a seventh place finish with a 16.14M (52-11.50) effort in the weight throw to set a new personal record as well.

"The jumpers had an amazing day," said assistant coach Amy Begley. "This meet gave us a look at some of our American Athletic Conference opponents with UCF, Rutgers, and Temple among the competition at the Terrier Classic today."

Cherry and Silver Invite Update

Emily Durgin posted a fourth place finish in the 3,000 Meter Run at the Cherry and Silver Invite in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a time of 9:56.81. The mile run, in which Durgin will also race, is slated to take place on Saturday at 12:40pm UTC (2:40pm EST).  

Terrier Classic Results

60 M Hurdles :

2. Chantal Scott  - 8.61

8. Deysha Smith-Jenkins - 8.81

200 M Dash

2. Deysha Smith-Jenkins - 24.13

25. Taylor Anderson - 25.21

49. Brianna Allen - 25.91

800 M Run:

21. Maggie Christe - 2:16.08

24. Terra Briody  - 2:16.44

41. Kat Vodopia  - 2:19.12

400 M Dash

2. Celina Emerson - 54.05

10. Faith Dismuke - 55.93

13. Nyanka Joseph - 56.28

24. Tiffany Daley - 57.16

52. Brianna Allen - 59.29

60 M Dash

4. Taylor Anderson - 7.63

Mile Run

24. Abby Mace - 5:01.61

1,000 M Run

2. Emily Howard - 2:54.13

4. Laura Williamson - 2:54.54

4x400 M Relay

2. Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Paris Taft, Faith Dismuke, Celina Emerson - 3:40.44 

Long Jump

4. Sarah Bowens - 5.78M (18-11.75)

7. Melodee Riley - 5.53M (18-01.75)

11. Brittany Power -5.31M (17-05.25)

43. Christine Donat - 4.63M (14-03.75)

Shot Put

22. Kelly Myers - 11.29M (37-00.50)

High Jump

2. Natasha McLaren - 1.75M (5-08.75)

Triple Jump

1. Melodee Riley

2. Odrine Belot

4. Sarah Bowens

Weight Throw

7. Megan Chapman 16.14M (52-11.50)