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Huskies Claim Top Finishes at the Valentine Invitational

Feb. 9, 2018

Meet Results

BOSTON, Mass. –
The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team captured two first place victories and 11 Top-10 performances on Friday night at the 2018 David Hemery Valentine Invitation held at Boston University.

The Huskies dominated in the field events sending two athletes to the top of the podium and finishing the night with five UConn throwers in the Top-5 of their respective events.

Thrower Divine Oladipo claimed her third victory of the season in the shot put on at the invitational. Oladipo threw for a distance of 16.64m, a full meter further than her closest competitor. Amaris Blount joined her teammate at the top of the podium after tossing her weight 17.84m in the weight throw. Blount was part of a UConn sweep as Chanell Botsis (17.78m) and Kelli Thomas (17.37m) finished second and third, respectively, in the event as the Huskies claimed first, second and third.

Connecticut continued to impress in the field events and tallied two Top-10 performances in the pole vault. Laurel Bailey placed third overall after clearing the bar at 3.51 while Nicole Kelly captured sixth after clearing a height of 3.36.

Tia Strackman and Ashley Wiggins claimed two of the top three spots in the women’s 60m hurdles on Friday night. After advancing to the finals following two strong performances in the preliminary rounds, Strackman (8.61) and Wiggins (8.77) blasted across the finish line to place second and third, respectively, in the event.



Susan Aneno continued her strong performance in the 800m with a fourth place finish and a time of 2:04.65. Teammate Kat Surin crossed the finish line seventh in the 400m runnign a time of 54.42.

UConn is set to compete in the women’s distance medley on Saturday afternoon.