Feb. 22, 2013
BOSTON, Mass.- In the opening day of the 2013 New England Championship senior Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) notched her fourth career New England weight throw title to lead the squad on Friday. Flowers took the top spot with a hurl of 21.19 meters which breaks her previous meet record.
In Connecticut’s stellar opening day at the New England Championships the Huskies sent 14 to Saturday’s final and set two meet records.
UConn had two Huskies qualify for the 60 meter dash finals with freshman Deysha Smith-Jenkins (Milwaukee, Wisc.) and senior Cornietta Anderson (Waterbury, Conn.) finishing eighth (7.76) and ninth (7.77), respectively. Smith-Jenkins also qualified for the 200m final after posting a time of 24.64 for third in the prelims.
Three Huskies will compete in Saturday’s 400 meter finals. Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) and Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) finished first (54.47) and second (56.38), while Nyanka Joseph (Brooklyn, N.Y.) qualified with a time of 57.53.
Connecticut saw senior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.)lead the prelim round of the 500 meter dash qualifying for Saturday’s final after crossing the finish line in 1:13.31 setting a new meet record.
UConn will send four to the 60 meter hurdles as Madalayne Smith (Ballston Springs, Pa.) finished first in the prelims in 8.53, while Chantal Scott (Raleigh, N.C.) was third (8.67), Sarah Bowens (Hillburn, N.Y.) was sixth (8.78) and Odrine Belot (Elmont, N.Y.) was ninth (8.96).
Sophomore Saija Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) grabbed second place in the pentathlon on Friday with a score of 3,818 points after claiming first in the shot put with a toss of 12.60m. Additionally, Bikanova finished second in the long jump (5.25m) and high jump (1.75m), while posting a time of 9.21 in the 60 meter hurdles for third.
On the field, freshman Lauren O’Connell (Newtown, Conn.) registered a leap of 3.70m for second place.
The Huskies will complete the New England Championships on Saturday with events beginning at 10:30 a.m.