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Huskies Win Five First Places at Princeton

Flowers took first in the shot put

April 20, 2013


PRINCETON, N.J.- The UConn women’s track and field team had an impressive outing at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invite this weekend where the team totaled 17 top-five finishes and walked away with five first place finishes.

Five-time All-American Victoria Flowers was excellent throughout the meet as she claimed first in the shot put on Saturday with a throw of 16.03m. On Friday, Flowers broke her own school record in the hammer after posting a mark of 64.78m.

Connecticut’s 4x100 meter relay squad of Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Celina Emerson, Cornieta Anderson and Sarah Bowens grabbed first place with a time of 45.91.

Other top-five performances included Madalayne Smith in second (14.12) in the 110m hurdles, Celina Emerson captured second (24.05) in the 200 and Tiffany Daley took third (55.33) in the 400 meter dash.

Registering a first place finish on Saturday was Brigitte Mania in the 1,500 meter run with a mark of 4:26.56. Also on the track, Julia Zrinyi crossed the finish line first in 2:10.06 in the 800 meter run.

On the field, Melodee Riley added another top-five finish to the Husky total taking second in the long jump following a leap of 5.86m. Odrine Belot took third in the triple jump with a leap of 11.93m.

UConn dominated the high jump with four Huskies claiming a spot in the top six seats as Natasha Mclaren led the group with a  second place finish (1.76m) followed by Ilva Bikanova in third (1.73m), Saija Bikanova in fifth (1.70m) and Jasmine Cribb in sixth (1.70m).

The Huskies are back in action on Thursday at the three-day Penn Relays.