Riley earns two first place finishes
April 28, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- The UConn women’s track and field team rounded out a long weekend where the team had Huskies compete at the Penn Relays and the Brown Invite. Connecticut saw Victoria Flowers lead the team in Philadelphia, while the squad recorded seven first place finishes at Brown.
All-American Ilva Bikanova led the squad in Rhode Island where she claimed first place in the high jump with a leap of 1.83m (6'0") which is currently ninth in the nation. She was joined by teammates Natasha McLaren in second (1.80m) and Jasmine Cribb in third (1.70m) in the event.
“The weekend presented a good mix of results as a dress rehearsal for the championship season,” said head coach Bill Morgan. “I thought Ilva breaking through in the high jump and becoming our sixth jumper in team history to go over 6' was significant – certainly capable of going much higher with the clearance she had. Also, our other All-American, Natasha, looked good over 5' 10 ¾.”
The Huskies grabbed the top-two spots in both the long and triple jump at Brown. Melodee Riley (5.41m) and Saija Bikanova (5.34m) took first and second in the long jump, respectively. In the triple, Riley against captured first with a leap of 11.90m, while Brittany Power was second with 11.78m.
On the track at Brown, the Huskies claimed three of the top-six seats in the 200 with Brianna Allen leading the way in first (25.12), Chantal Scott in third (26.17) and Briana Pulido (26.82) in sixth.
Other first place finishes on the track include Brigitte Mania in the 400 (57.63), Katherine Vodopia in the 800 (2:12.57) and Scott in the 100 meter hurdles (13.97). Earning second place finishes in these events were Julia Zrinyi in the 400 (58.44) and Saija Bikanova in the 100 meter hurdles (14.91).
At the Penn Relays, Connecticut’s relay squads flourished in the ECAC races with the 4x400m relay team finishing second and the 4x200 taking fourth. The 4x200 relay team (Anderson, Emerson, Joseph, Smith-Jenkins) finished in 1:36.23, while the 4x400 squad (Emerson, Smith-Jenkins, Daley, Taft) crossed the finish line in 3:38.61.
“For some of the younger athletes - Laura Williamson, Kat Vodopia, and Abby Mace – qualifying for the BIG EAST was a nice reward for racing hard. Not to be lost was the championship effort by Victoria at Penn Relays in the hammer along with the school record run by the 4 x400 relay team,” Morgan finished.
The Huskies will begin the championship season next weekend at the BIG EAST Championships.