April 26, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – UConn women’s track and field capped a stellar showing at the 120th running of the Penn Relays with yet another record-breaking relay run on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. The 4x200m team, who only just yesterday established a new school best to qualify for today’s Championship heat, gave an encore performance before 49,103 fans at Franklin Field on Saturday. The meet, which is the largest and longest running of its kind, drew a three-day total crowd of 108,660.
Combining to reset the record was the familiar four of Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Celina Emerson, Nyanka Joseph and Taylor Anderson. The quartet posted a time of 1:33.38 to grab fifth place, taking more than a second off of yesterday’s time in a historic weekend for the relay team.
A similar combination of Huskies worked to earn third place in Saturday’s 4x400m ECAC Championship relay race. Tiffany Daley and Faith Dismuke joined Smith-Jenkins and Joseph to clock 3:36.41 en route to the bronze medal. The Huskies' top time of the season (3:35.04) in the event from the Tennessee Relays still ranks high nationally, coming in at no. 21 in the country.
UConn’s 4x800m relay team of Lisa Zimmer, Kat Vodopia, Emily Howard and Maggie Christe took home eleventh in the College division on Saturday in Philadelphia to round out Connecticut's solid all-around relay performances this weekend.
In the field events, Odrine Belot led the UConn effort with a fourth place finish in the triple jump College division. Belot hopped and skipped to a distance of 12.59m (41-3.75) to lock up fourth place. Competing for UConn in the triple jump Eastern division was Melodee Riley, who soared for 11.86m (38-11) to clinch a seat in ninth place.
Several Huskies will be competing at the Brown Springtime Invitational on Sunday in Providence, R.I. Results will be posted at uconnhuskies.com as they become available.