Distance Medley Relay Shines at New Balance Invitational

    Brigitte Mania led the DMR to a third-place finish.

    Brigitte Mania led the DMR to a third-place finish.

    Feb. 3, 2012

    New Balance Invitational Meet Central

    STORRS, Conn. - The No. 24 UConn women's track program competed in the opening day of the nationally renowned New Balance Collegiate Invitational held at the Armory in New York, N.Y. UConn's outstanding distance medley relay squad placed third in the DMR Championship race.

    The 4,000m distance medley relay put forth the top performance of the day for the Huskies, placing third in 11:05.77. That time stands as the seventh-fastest time in the nation this season, including the Arkansas (11:01.01) and Dartmouth (11:05.67) who placed first and second, respectively.

    Freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) was joined by the All-America trio of sophomore Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.), junior Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) and senior Heather Wilson (Homer, N.Y.).

    Junior sprinter Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) put forth a solid performance in the 500m Championship Division. Groff finished 10th in 1:14.38. Arkansas' Regina George took first place in an Armory College Division record 1:09.81.

    Junior Jasmine Cribb (Naugatuck, Conn.) had a leap of 1.70m in the high jump.

    The 60m dash saw two UConn runners compete in the College Division. Madalayne Smith (Ballston Spa., N.Y.) placed 37th in 7.87, she was followed by classmate Chantal Scott (Raleigh, N.C.) who placed 76th in 8.09.

    Sophomores Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) and Shavon Briscoe (Brandywine, Md.) both ran in the 400m College Division prelims but failed to advance. Daley clocked in at 57.15 and placed 15th overall. Briscoe ran 57.82 to place 31st.

    Smith, Briscoe and Scott all competed in the 60m hurdles, but failed to advance past the prelims. Smith ran 8.69 to place 32nd. She was followed by Briscoe (47th - 8.99) and Scott (58th - 9.03).

    Sophomore Stephanie Ellis (Gardner, Mass.) ran the lone distance race for the Huskies on Friday night, placing 29th in 2:56.50 in the 1,000m Championship Division.

    Freshman Brianna Allen (Windsor, Conn.) also competed on Friday night. She placed 29th in the 200m College prelims, crossing the line at 25:39.

    The Huskies will have several student-athletes compete on Saturday, including First-Team All-American Heather Wilson in the 800m Championship race set to start at 3:14 p.m. on Saturday.