May 5, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J.- The UConn women’s track and field team concluded the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships on Sunday finishing second with 102.75 points. Notre Dame won the conference meet with 153 points.
Connecticut finished the meet with six trips to the podium as senior Victoria Flowers led the squad with two gold medals. Flowers was tabbed the 2013 Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer following her stellar performances. The Huskies tallied 16 top-five performances and reached the podium six times throughout the three-day event.
Guiding the group on Sunday was senior All-American Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) reached the top of the podium for the gold in the high jump with a leap of 1.85m (6-00.75). The first place finish was her second overall conference crown and first outdoor title.
UConn earned 18 points in the high jump as Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) took fourth (1.80m), Jasmine Cribb (Naugatuck, Conn.) in seventh (1.73m) and Saija Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) in eighth (1.70m).
In her final league meet, senior Brittany Power (Warwick, R.I.) finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.23m, while freshman Odrine Belot (Elmont, N.Y.) was seventh posting a jump of 12.18m.
Allison Lasnicki, who finished second in Saturday’s 10,000m, earned her second medal of the meet after crossing the finish line in 15:59.00 in Sunday’s 5,000 meter run for third place. Senior Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.) finished eighth in 16:03.75
On the track, Connecticut earned 20 points as four Huskies registered a fourth place finish in their respective events. Junior All-American Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) registered a top-five performance for the Huskies and earned five points toward the team total with a fourth place finish (53.08) in the 400 meter dash. In the 800m, All-American Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) tacked on five points for the Huskies with a fourth place finish after crossing the finish line in 2:07.41. Adding UConn’s third fourth place finish for Sunday was junior Madalayne Smith (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.86. Finally, freshman Julia Zrinyi (4:25.65) was fourth in the 1,500 meter run.
The Husky relay teams tallied 12 points towards UConn’s total with the 4x400 (Emerson, Smith-Jenkins, Daley, Taft) and 4x800 (Vodopia, Briody, Zrinyi, Mania) squads each finished fourth in 3:38.97 and 8:52.80, respectively. Connecticut’s 4x100 team (Smith-Jenkins, Emerson, Anderson, Bowens) took eighth in 46.46.
UConn will continue the championship season next weekend in Princeton, N.J. at the three-day ECAC Championships.