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
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
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)
22. Kelly Myers - 11.29M (37-00.50)
2. Natasha McLaren - 1.75M (5-08.75)
1. Melodee Riley
2. Odrine Belot
4. Sarah Bowens
7. Megan Chapman 16.14M (52-11.50)