Feb. 23, 2013
BOSTON, Mass. – The No.23 UConn women’s track and field team captured its eight consecutive New England Championship title over the weekend as they registered 149.33 points, over 95 points higher than second place Providence (54 points).
During the second day of competition at the New England Championships, the Huskies combined for eight first place finishes including a first place team finish in the 4x400 meter relay.
In the afternoon’s first event, senior Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) took home a first place finish in the women’s shot put with a distance of 15.90m. Saija Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) finished in 12th with a mark of 12.19m.
Connecticut grabbed fourth and fifth in the triple jump as freshman Melodee Riley (Jamesport, N.Y.) registered 11.83m and senior Brittany Power (Warwick, R.I.) jumped 11.82m.
In the high jump, UConn had a very strong showing. Senior Jasmine Cribb (Naugutuck, Conn.) finished in first with a height of 1.80 m, while senior Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) and junior Natasha Mclaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) each tied for second at 1.75 m.
The Huskies tallied another first place finish as junior Madalyne Smith (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) finished in first in the 60m hurdle final at a time of 8.47. Junior Chantal Scott
(Raleigh, N.C.) and freshman Sarah Bowens
finished fourth (8.76) and sixth (8.81) in the event, respectively.
In the 200 meter finals, freshman Deysha Smith-Jenkins (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was the only qualifier for the Huskies and finished in fourth at a time of 24.67.
Connecticut saw first place finishes in both the 400 and 500 meter events. In the 400m, junior Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) finished in first at a pace of 54.40, while junior Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) came in second registering 55.52. Senior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) gave the Huskies first in the 500m at 1:12.96.
Katherine Vodopia (Flemington, N.J.) notched another UConn gold in the 1000m final at a time of 2:15.41. In the 800m, freshman Laura Williamson (Princeton, Mass.) finished in 2:15.41, giving the Huskies a fifth place finish.
Finally, the Huskies took home first in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:42.41. Sophomores Brianna Allen and Nyanka Joseph, along with seniors Tiffany Daley and Emerson combined in the effort for Connecticut.
The Huskies will next compete on March 2 and 3 at the ECAC Championship in Boston, Mass.