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4x400 Relay Team Resets Own School Record At Sea Ray Relays

Nyanka Joseph anchored the record-setting 4x400m relay team

April 12, 2014

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team wrapped up competition at the Sea Ray Relays on Saturday in Knoxville. The highlight of the weekend included the 4x400m team resetting the record it had broken just a few weeks ago to claim first place.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Celina Emerson, Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Faith Dismuke, and Nyanka Joseph reset their school record time from just over three weeks ago. In Florida, the quartet posted a time of 3:36.35 to claim the school record on March 22. On Saturday in Knoxville the squad dropped that time but over one second, finishing in first place with a 3:35.04 result. The time marks the best in The American and the 12th best time in Division I.

The 4x100 meter relay team of Taylor Anderson, Emerson, Smith-Jenkins and Sarah Bowens also found success in Knoxville, clinching third place with a time of 46.12.

Kat Vodopia and Ana Groff took consecutive finishes in the 800m run, with Vodopia finishing 11th and Groff crossing the line in 12th place.

In 100 meter hurdles action, Chantal Scott posted UConn’s highest finish in the event with 14.17 seconds to claim ninth place. Odrine Belot and Saija Bikanova also competed in the event, finishing with time of 14.59 and 14.69, respectively. Bikanova represented UConn in the shot put, tossing for 13.21m, which was good for 12th place.

In Massachusetts, several Huskies performed well at the Minutemen Invitational on Saturday. Senior Brigitte Mania captured the 800m run, besting her closest opponent by five seconds. Mania's time of 2:08.06 established a new facility record. 

Megan Chapman captured the discus for UConn, and Madalayne Smith continued with another top finish in the 100m hurdles for Connecticut. Smith recorded a time of 14.01 to claim the win.

The 4x400m team of Laura Williamson, Emily Howard, Lisa Zimmer and Brigitte Mania captured second at the UMass Invite, getting a great anchor leg run by Brigitte Mania for a time of 3:57.72.