May 4, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J.- UConn women’s track and field standout Victoria Flowers was outstanding at her final conference meet as the senior reached the top of the podium in both the hammer and shot put at the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. The Huskies concluded the opening two days with five top-five finishes.
“Victoria set herself apart from the rest of the field. To win the shot on her final throw with a huge throw was more than impressive,” stated head coach Bill Morgan. “We have had great throwers at UConn, yet Victoria is placing herself in rare company as an all-time great.”
Flowers, who brought home six league weekly awards her senior campaign, set a meet record on Friday evening en route to claiming her first outdoor conference crown with a toss of 64.40m (211-03) in the hammer.
On Saturday, Flowers finished first in the shot put with a hurl of 16.43m (53-05.00) which breaks her previous school record of 16.20m. The Providence, R.I. native, who totaled 20 points towards the team score, has now won three conference crowns as she won the 2013 indoor weight throw title.
Sophomore Saija Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) captured third in the heptathlon with 5,118 points. She won the heptathlon shot put on Friday with a toss of 12.57m. Her bronze medal earned the Huskies six points.
Connecticut totaled 13 points in the 10,000 meter run on Saturday with Allison Lasnicki (Canastota, N.Y.) earning the silver in 33:33.21 and Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.) finished fourth in 33:48.48.
Qualifying for Sunday’s finals in their respective events includes Brigitte Mania
(800m), Julia Zrinyi
(1500m), Madalayne Smith
(100m hurdles) and Celina Emerson
The conference meet will conclude on Sunday. Events are slated to begin at 10 a.m.