April 22, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J.-The University of Connecticut women’s track and field squad was once again led by senior Victoria Flowers who notched two first place finishes in the this weekend’s Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton. The Huskies saw several strong performances as they posted six top-five finishes behind Flowers’ throwing specialties.
Three time All-American Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) continued to lead the Huskies as she shattered UConn’s previous all-time record, held by two-time All-American Bethany Hart, in the hammer throw with her 63.24m (207.480 ') toss on Friday evening. Her performance in the hammer throw is currently eighth in the nation. The senior then captured the shot put title with a hurl of 15.74 (51.6 ') meters.
The Huskies added two more top-five finishes with sophomore Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) notching a new BIG EAST top mark with her leap of 1.79m (5.9 ')on Saturday as she was followed by teammate Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) in second place with a jump of 1.76m (5.8').
Senior All-American Heather Wilson (Homer, N.Y.) captured second place in the 800m elite run on Friday evening posting an impressive time of 2:05.38. Freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) and senior Shelby Donahue (Griswold, Conn.) also competed in the race finishing back-to-back with times of 2:12.39 and 2:12.46, respectively.
In the 1,500m elite run on Friday, senior Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) completed the race in 4:28.01 and junior Allison Cooper (Portland, Conn.) finished the run in 4:35.52. Sophomore Allison Lasnicki (Canastota, N.Y.) was 12th in the 5,000m elite race with a time of 16:53.32.
Senior Danika Ham (Somersworth, N.H.) placed sixth in the javelin with a toss of 39.37m.
In Saturday’s 400m dash Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) captured second place in 53.75 and sophomore Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) concluded the race in 55.83 for eighth place. Emerson’s performance is currently first in the BIG EAST.
The Huskies continue the 2012 outdoor campaign on Thursday at the Penn Relays. The meet will last for three days with the final event concluding on Saturday.