April 6, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- In its lone home meet of the season, the University of Connecticut women’s track and field team competed in the UConn Spring Invite at the Sherman Family Sports Complex. The Huskies finished the meet with 31 top-five finishes.
Connecticut honored its ten seniors, Brittany Power, Jeanne Theleen, Cornietta Anderson, IIva Bikanova, Ana Groff, Shauna McNiff, Kim Moran, Jasmine Cribb, Allison Cooper and Victoria Flowers with a ceremony which followed the last track event.
Flowers continued her fantastic career at Connecticut, taking first place in the hammer throw with a hurl of 60.08m. The five time All-American’s throw was the lone toss above 51 meters. Teammate Megan Chapman finished in fifth place with a throw of 42.69m. Flowers also notched a first place finish in the shot put, with a throw of 15.76m. Saija Bikanova finished in third with a result of 12.53m.
In the javelin throw, Saija Bikanova was the lone Husky in the top-five, posting a result of 35.50m, which earned her third place. In the triple jump, freshman Odrine Belot took first with a leap of 12.34m. Power finished her home career in style, taking second with a jump of 11.87m.
Luaren O’Connell was the only Husky to crack the top-five in the pole vault, finishing with a result of 3.65m. The Huskies took the top three spots in the high jump IIva Bikanova took first with a 1.77 leap. Natasha McLaren (1.77m) and Cribb took third with a 1.74m jump.
In the discus throw, Chapman took second place for the Huskies, recording a toss of 46.56m.
On the track, McNiff started the Huskies off on a high note, taking first place in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:16.18. McNiff absolutely dominated the field, finishing nearly a minute and a half better than the second place finisher, Boston College’s Jacqueline Pollack (11:42.40).
UConn took the top three spots in the 100 meter hurdles. Junior Madalayne Smith was first with a time of 13.72 seconds, junior Chantal Scott finished second with a time of 14.30, and Beloit captured third with a 14.34 second finish. Connecticut also took the top three positions in the 400 meter dash. Emerson finished the race in 54.15 seconds, topping teammates Tiffany Daley (56.17) and Nyanka Joseph (57.59), who took second and third, respectively.
In the 100 meter dash, Smith-Jenkins grabbed second (12.09) and Anderson (12.25) took fourth for Connecticut. In the 188 meter run, Paris Taft took home a win with a 2:12.37 finish, with teammate Luara Williamson finishing in fourth at 2:15.14
Connecticut took four of the five top spots in the 200 meter dash with Smith-Jenkins delivering another first place finish (24.27). Anderson (24.95) was third, Joseph was fourth (25.10), and Daley (25.33) rounded out the top-five.
In the 4X400 meter relay, the Connecticut team, which consisted of Daley, Smith-Jenkins, Emerson, and Taft took first place with a time of 3:47.74.
The women’s track and field team will be back in action next Friday, April 12th when it will compete in the two-day Tennessee Sea Ray Relays, taking place in Knoxville, Tenn.