Feb. 1, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y.- The Connecticut women’s track and field team kicked off the Armory Collegiate Invite on Friday at the Armory Track against several of the nation’s top ranked team. The No. 25 Huskies will complete the meet on Saturday.
Freshman Sarah Bowens (Hillburn, N.Y.) competed in the college 60 meter hurdles where she crossed the finish line in 9.10, while senior Cornietta Anderson (Waterbury, Conn.) and sophomore Brianna Allen (Windsor, Conn.) finished the 60 meter dash in 7.91 and 8.07, respectively.
Junior Madalayne Smith (Ballston Springs, Pa.) reached the finals of the championship 60m hurdles where she captured 11th place with a time of 8.48. Also in the prelims of this race, Chantal Scott (Raleigh, N.C.) posted a time of 8.68 and Odrine Belot (Elmont, N.Y.) finished in 8.90.
Connecticut’s distance medley team of Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.), Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.), Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) took fifth in 11:06.69 for UConn’s top finish of Friday.
In the college 200 meter dash freshman Deysha Smith-Jenkins just missed out on qualifying for the finals finishing seventh in the prelims in 24.77 as the sixth place qualifier posted a mark of 24.76. Also, Anderson ran the 200m in 25.88 and Allen finished in 26.21.
Other UConn performances from Friday include senior Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) finishing 16th in the college 400m in 56.69 and freshman Laura Williamson (Princeton, Mass.) taking 14th (1:17.25) in the college 500m. Freshman Paris Taft (New Haven, Conn.) and Groff both finished the college 500 in 1:17.86. Emerson completed the 400m championship run in 56.57.
Competing in the 1,000 meter championship run was sophomore Terra Briody (Ridgefield, Conn.) who completed the race in 2:58.57.
Senior Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) kicked off Friday’s field events with the shot put championship round where she captured tenth place with a hurl of 15.20m (49-10.50).
In Friday’s pole vault, freshman Lauren O’Connell (Newtown, Conn.) posted a leap of 3.55m which is the highest jump of her young career. Bowens competed in the championship long jump where she finished 14th with a leap of 5.74m, while Melodee Riley (Jamesport, N.Y.) had a jump of 5.41m in the college long jump.
The Huskies will continue competition on Saturday at the armory with events beginning at 8:30 a.m.