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Bikanova Captures High Jump Title At BIG EAST Indoor Championship

Celina Emerson takes home second place in the 400m dash.

Feb. 19, 2012

BIG EAST Results

NEW YORK, N.Y.-The Huskies continued the BIG EAST Indoor Championship on Sunday at the Armory Track where they concluded the day in sixth place with 66.50 points. The Huskies had one gold, two silver and three bronze medals to conclude the conference Championships.

Junior Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) was the lone Husky to take home a BIG EAST title as she captured first in the high jump with a leap of 1.78m.

“After an average first day we responded with an impressive second day to salvage a reasonable finish. Our sights are always to be in position to win but we simply had more voids in several events than in previous years,” Head Coach Bill Morgan stated. “Ilva Bikanova making a big jump to win along with Emerson, Wilson and Mania taking care of business in high caliber events are worth noting. The three relays were outstanding and gave us a boost we have not had in the past.”

On the track, sophomore All-American Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) finished the day standing on the podium for her second place in the 400m dash in a time of 54.56.

Senior Heather Wilson (Homer, N.Y.) added another second place finish as she walked away with the silver medal in the mile in a time of 4:47.50 and junior Shauna McNiff placed sixth (4:51.47).

The Huskies had two compete in the 1,000m with senior Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) taking eighth (2:52.44) and sophomore Stephanie Ellis (Gardner, Mass.) finished ninth (3:02.44).



Junior Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) captured the silver medal in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:06.15, while freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished third in the 3,000 meter run in 9:41.53.

Connecticut’s 4x400 meter relay team of sophomore Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.), Emerson, junior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Nyanka Joseph (Brooklyn, N.Y.) broke UConn’s all-time record with their third place finish of 3:41.54.

“The 4x400 meter relay set the school record and was very impressive and allowed us to stay ahead of several teams,” finished Morgan.

The Huskies will continue the championship season on Feb. 24-25 at the New England Championship.