Feb. 8, 2014
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – The University of Connecticut women’s track & field team competed at the Armory Collegiate meet this weekend and saw several individuals post nationally ranked times.
Emily Durgin ran well in the 5000 meter College Championship Race, finishing in 16:44.13. Her time currently stands 21st best in the country. Durgin earned second place with the marker while teammate Abby Mace won the Collegiate Division Race in a time of 17:14.52. “This was Abby’s first indoor 5,000 meter,” explained assistant coach Amy Begley. “She handled the race with aggressive racing and confidence. That is what I like to see.”
In the sprints, Celina Emerson ran the 400 meter dash in a time of 53.38, which marks the 14th fastest time in the country. The senior earned third place with the time and broke the school record in the process. “I’m very proud of how far I have come,” said Emerson of her achievement. “Honestly, the school record wasn’t even on my mind. I just wanted to drop my time because the ultimate goal is getting to nationals. It’s exciting to walk away knowing that I ran the fastest indoor time of my life and am breaking records while I’m at it! I’m so happy to have my name go down in the UConn record books.”
"We are really proud of Celina for the progress she has made this year," said associate head coach Clive Terrelongue. "She is leading the Huskies in the right direction with her focus and performance."
Also setting a personal record was freshman Taylor Anderson, whose time of 24.99 in the preliminary round of the 200 marked her fastest time this season.
A handful of jumpers also posted excellent results for the Huskies. Sarah Bowens cracked the top-50 national results with a 6.06m (19-10.75) effort in the College Championship section of the long jump. The effort marked a personal-best for Bowens.
Melodee Riley posted UConn’s top finishes in the triple jump and the long jump, recording a new personal record with a 5.77M (18-11.25) fifth place finish in the long jump. Riley captured second place in the triple jump with 12.28M (40-05.50). Odrine Belot claimed third place in the triple jump with a height of 12.26M (40-02.75), constituting personal bests for both Riley and Belot. Sarah Bowens added a ninth place finish with 11.97M (39-03.25). Natasha McLaren earned a bronze in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.76M (5-9.25).
Volunteer assistant coach Victoria Flowers also competed today, winning the weight throw with a 20.0M toss.
Fifth year Brigitte Mania ran the mile in a personal-best time of 4:43.68 for fifth place. It was also a qualifying time for the USATF National Championships to be held in Albuquerque in two weeks. Mania does not have indoor eligibility in the indoor season but will compete for the Huskies in the outdoor season.
UConn returns to the track next week at the Brown Invitational in Providence, Rhode Island on Feb. 15.