April 11, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A limited squad of UConn women’s track and field athletes competed in day one at the Sea Ray Relays on Friday afternoon in Tennessee. Five Huskies finished with a combined total of seven personal bests, a trend that they seek to continue in Day Two action tomorrow.
Taylor Anderson led the way with a third place finish in the 100m sprint, clocking a personal-best 11.64 to claim the bronze. Sophomore Deysha Smith-Jenkins followed right on her heels in fourth place with her own career-best time of 11.71
Smith-Jenkins and Anderson carried the momentum into the 200m run, in which they again posted personal records. Smith Jenkins led with a 23.75 second result while Anderson posted a career-best 23.77. Nyanka Joseph, who also competed in the event, raced to a personal best of her own with a time of 24.03. Joseph would go on to capture fifth in the 400m with a time of 55.33 seconds.
In the vertical jumps, Natasha McLaren and Saija Bikanova both cleared 1.70m. The effort tied Bikanova’s season high thus far in the outdoor campaign. Representing UConn in the triple jump, Odrine Belot posted a distance of 12.71m to set a new outdoor personal best and Melodee Riley added UConn’s seventh personal record of the day after covering a distance of 12.37m.
“This was a good start to the meet,” said assistant coach Amy Begley. “The team is hoping to continue the string of personal bests tomorrow.”
Several Huskies will also be competing at UMass’ Minutemen Invitational. A complete schedule of events for the meet can be found by clicking HERE. Results from both events will be posted as they become available.