BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team have a very eventful weekend at the American Conference Indoor Championships. On their way to a third place finish, the Husky were part of a new meet record, a handful of gold medals and several top-10 finishes at the conference championships held at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Al.
UConn earned 74 total points over the weekend and finished in the top-5 for the fifth consecutive year at the conference championships. Cincinnati scored 174 points to take home the 2018 American Indoor title while SMU scored 85 points to finish second.
UConn earned 20 points and two first-place finishes in the relays over the weekend. On Friday night the Huskies set a new American Conference Indoor Champion distance medley record before blowing away the competition in the 4x00m relay on Saturday night to finish out the meet.
The relay team of Susan Aneno, Kristina Cherrington, Katie Foley and Mia Nahom smashed the conference record in the distance medley with a time of 11:29.93. UConn crossed the finish line more than seven seconds ahead of its next competition as they stood atop the podium in record breaking fashion.
In the 4x000m Kat Surn, Foley, Cherrington and Aneno crossed the finish line with a time of 3:41.12 for the first place victory. All eyes were on the Huskies who earned the final gold medals of the weekend in the final race of the meet.
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Connecticut picked up another 16 points on Saturday in the 800m run. Aneno and Foley continued to shine and turned in a first and third place finish, respectively. Aneno (2:06.49) edged out reining 800m champion Rosie Chamberlain (2:06.58) of UCF by 0.09 seconds for her third gold medal of the meet. Foley finished the race in 2:07.58, good for third place.
Nahom and Surin added to the list of athletes who earned multiple medals over the weekend. Nahom, a member of the distance medley relay, picked up a silver medal in the one mile, recording a time of 4:50.49. In the sprints, Surin placed third in the 400m after blasting across the finish line in to a 54.21.
UConn rounded out the running events with top-10 finishes from Kelsey Swanson (9:52.09) who finished sixth in the 3000m and Courtney Akerley (17.04.76), Brianna O’Brien (17:08.07) and Haley Hasty (17:10.04) finishing fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 5000m.
In the field event, Divine Oladipo took home bronze in the shot put with a throw of 15.66m. UConn picked up six points in the weight throw behind a fifth and seventh place finished from Amaris Blount (19.18m) and Chanell Botsis (17.76m).
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