Feb. 15, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. – Fourteen members of the University of Connecticut women’s track and field team set personal bests as the Huskies capped a fantastic day at Boston University’s Scarlet & White Invitational hosted on Saturday.
The jumpers headlined a strong Connecticut effort on the day, sweeping the triple jump with the top four places and winning the long jump. Odrine Belot led the Huskies in the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 12.47M (40-11.00) to grab first place. Melodee Riley also set a career-high to earn second with a 12.39M (40-7.75) effort. Sarah Bowens captured third place and Brittany Power rounded out the top four in UConn’s dominant showing. In the long jump, Sarah Bowens finished in first place with a personal-best marker of 6.08 M (19-11.50)
On the track, Chantal Scott earned the Huskies a second place finish in the 60m hurdles with a career-record time of 8.55.
Personal-bests continued to fall in the 200 meter dash. Deysha Smith-Jenkins lead the Huskies in 24.08 followed by Nyanka Joseph in 24.69 and freshman Taylor Anderson in 24.81. All-American and reigning American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week Celina Emerson followed suit in the 400 meter run, winning with a time of 53.46. Joseph posted a 24.69 finish to set her second personal-best of the day.
Faith Dismuke offered up an exceptional performance in the 800 meter, improving on her personal-best by over three seconds. Dismuke’s time of 2:08.46 gives her the second-fastest time in the American Athletic Conference. Teammate Emily Howard continued to improve her times, dropping down to a 2:12.54 for a two-second personal record.
In the distance races, Laura Williamson smashed through her best personal time by ten seconds, finishing the mile run in 4:54.38. Maggie Christe also shattered her career-best with a 14 second personal best in the 1,000 meter with a result of 2:54.93. The Maine tandem of Emily Durgin and Abby Mace rounded out the Huskies’ personal record-setting day in the 3,000 meter run with times of 9:35.50 and 9:35.08, respectively.
“This was a great meet with 14 personal bests,” associated head coach Clive Terrelonge reflected. “It sets us up for the next 3-4 weeks of championship season. The athletes really responded to the competition and the situation to continue to improve all season. This is a good sign going into championship season for the athletes to continue to see progress and gain confidence from it. I am proud of the whole team today.”
The Huskies have a brief break from competition next weekend. The squad will use the time to prepare for the American Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 28.