Jan. 25, 2013
BOSTON, Mass. - Victoria Flowers swept the throwing events for the third consecutive meet to lead the Huskies at Friday’s Terrier Invite. The UConn women’s track and field team continued their impressive start to the 2013 indoor season as the Huskies had six first place titles at the Boston University Terrier Invite.
Flowers (Providence, R.I.) continued to be a dominant force on the field for the Huskies adding her sixth consecutive first place title as she was the leading thrower in the shot put with a hurl of 15.87m (52-01.00) and first in the weight throw with a toss of 21.32m (69-11.50.) Flowers’ performance in the weight throw broke the previous meet record of 20.95m and is now first in the BIG EAST.
Junior Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) posted a time of 54.95 in the 400 meter dash for first place with senior Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) finishing sixth in 56.21. Emerson also finished seventh (24.86) in the 200 meter dash.
UConn had four more Huskies tally top-five marks as junior Chantal Scott (Raleigh, N.C.) took third place in the 60m hurdles in 8.73, while senior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) was fourth in the 500m in a time of 1:14.49 and senior Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) finished fourth in the mile in 4:47.95. Additionally, sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished fourth (15:58.47) in the 5,000m run.
It was an exciting 3,000m run for senior Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.) crossing the finish line first in a time of 9:20.81 with the second place runner coming in a time of 9:20.86.
Connecticut’s 4x400m relay squad consisting of Daley, Emerson, Brianna Allen and Groff took second place with a time of 3:44.51.
Connecticut had a strong start to Friday’s field events as three Huskies finished in the top-five with freshman Melodee Riley (Jamesport, N.Y.) leading the charge claiming her first collegiate first place with a leap of 5.64m (18-06.00). Freshman Sarah Bowens (Hillburn, N.Y.) took third with a mark of 5.57m (18-3.25) and senior Brittany Power (Warwick, R.I.) finished fifth with a leap of 5.41m (17-09.00).
The jumpers for UConn carried their high performances into the triple jump where once again there were three Huskies in the top-five. Freshman Odrine Belot (Elmont, N.Y.) took second place with a jump of 11.80m (38-08.75) followed by Bowens in third (11.65m, 38-02.75) and Power in fourth (11.65m (38.02.75).
The All-American duo of Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) and Natasha Mclaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) conquered first and third place in the high jump, respectively. Bikanova posted her second first place leap of the year with a jump of 1.80m (5-10.75), while McLaren was third with a jump of 1.75M (5-08.75).
Trisha-Ann Hawthorne Becomes World Leader in 200M Dash
It was a record-setting evening for former Husky great Trisha-Ann Hawthorne who joined her alma mater squad at the Terrier Invite and competed unattached. Hawthorne finished first in both the 60 meter dash and 200 meter dash.
Her time of 23.11 in the 200m not only sets the meet record but is now the fastest time in the world of the 2013 indoor season. Hawthorne also crossed the finish line in an all-time meet-best 7.28 in the 60m dash for first place.