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Flowers & Mania Lead Huskies at Armory Collegiate Invite

Shauna McNiff finished the championship mile in 4:47.55.

Feb. 2, 2013

Armory Live Results

NEW YORK, N.Y.- The UConn women’s track and field team concluded competition at the Armory Collegiate Invite at the Armory Track on Saturday with senior All-Americans Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) and Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) leading the way.

Flowers captured fourth place in the women’s weight throw championship with a hurl of 20.29m (66-07.00) and Mania was third in the championship 800 meter run in a time of 2:07.24.

Connecticut’s relay teams turned in solid performances on Saturday as the 4x200m relay squad grabbed second in 1:40.84, while the 4x400m team took seventh in 3:47.42 and the 4x800m relay squad was third in 9:03.59.

"The distance medley relay really ran well. Aside from that the best to be taken from this high caliber meet was a realization that there is work to be done," stated head coach Bill Morgan. "I think everyone understands this and will be responsive."

The Huskies found great success in the championship high jump competition with junior All-Americans Ilva Bikanova (Madonsa, Latvia) and Natasha Mclaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) each claiming a spot in the top-five. Bikanova took third with a leap of f1.78m (5-10.00) and McLaren was fifth with a leap of 1.73m (5-08.00).

Senior Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.) ran the championship mile race in 4:47.55 to take ninth place overall.

Freshman Emily Howard (Tolland, Conn.) competed in the college mile where she ran a 5:20.67, while freshman Katherine Vodopia (Flemington, N.J.) crossed the finish line in 2:18.98 in the college 800 meter.

Junior All-American Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) ran in Saturday’s 200m championship race and posted a time of 25.05.

Connecticut had four Huskies compete in the triple jump with freshman Odrine Belot (Elmont, N.Y.) leading the way in 11th place (11.86m, 38-11.00), while classmate Melodee Riley (Jamesport, N.Y.) was 13th (11.83m, 38-09.75), senior Brittany Power (Warwick, R.I.) took 15th (11.61m, 38-01.25) and Sarah Bowens finished 24th (11.49m, 37-08.50).

The Huskies return to Boston on Friday, February 8, for the Valentine Invitational.