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Seniors Guide Huskies to Second Place at BIG EAST Championships

Odrine Belot takes second in the triple jump at BIG EAST Championships

Feb. 17, 2013

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GENEVA, Ohio  – The UConn women’s track and field team took second place at the BIG EAST Championships with 109 points after capturing three titles, four second place finishes and three bronze medals. Notre Dame was crowned the 2013 indoor winner with 141 points and Villanova finished third with 98.5 points.

The Huskies had great leadership by their veteran group as seniors Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) and Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.) each earned their first conference crowns in the weight throw and the 5,000 meter run, respectively. Flowers reached the podium for a second time capturing second place in the shot put.

The UConn DMR squad was outstanding on Saturday recording the team’s third gold medal as they broke the meet record in a time of 11:06.99.

Senior Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) reached the podium after finishing third in Sunday’s 800m final with a time of 2:09.20 to capture her seventh medal of her career at the BIG EAST Championships.

Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) is bringing a silver medal back to Storrs after finishing second in the 3,000 meter run in 9:23.46, while McNiff finished fifth in 9:25.74. Crevoiserat’s time broke McNiff’s previous school record for the 3,000m race.

UConn had two Huskies add four points to the team total with sophomore Crevoiserat finishing sixth in the mile (4:43.46) for three points and junior Chantal Scott earning one point with an eighth place (8.66) finish in the 60 meter hurdles.



After capturing the title in Saturday’s weight throw, senior Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) added a silver medal to her collection as she took second in the shot put with a toss of 16.22m (53-02.75).

The Huskies tallied 12 points towards their total in the high jump with junior Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) reaching the podium finishing third with a leap of 1.81m (5-11.25), while junior Natasha Mclaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) was fourth with a jump of 1.78m (5-10.00) and senior Jasmine Cribb (Naugatuck, Conn.) posted a leap of  1.70m (5-07.00) for eighth place.

Freshman Odrine Belot (Elmont, N.Y.) was outstanding in her first BIG EAST Championships capturing second place in the triple jump with a leap of 12.35m (40-06.25). Also adding points to the Husky total was senior Brittany Power (Warwick, R.I.) who finished fifth (12.25m, 40-02.25) and freshman Melodee Riley (Jamesport, N.Y.) in seventh (12.02m, 39-05.25).

Connecticut’s 4x800 meter relay squad of Terra Briody (Ridgefield, Conn.), Katherine Vodopia (Flemington, N.J.), Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) and Mania grabbed fourth place in 8:43.31.

The Huskies will continue the championship season next weekend at the New England Championships in Boston, Mass.