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Emerson & Wilson Capture Titles At BIG EAST Championships

Celina Emerson wins 400m dash on Sunday.

May 6, 2012

Championship Central

TAMPA, Fla. – The Huskies concluded the 2012 Outdoor BIG EAST Championships on Sunday afternoon as they took ninth place with 51 points, while sophomore Celina Emerson and senior Heather Wilson each return to Storrs with gold medals in their respective events.

All-American Emerson (Newark, Del.) captured her first BIG EAST crown of her young career grabbing first place in the 400m dash with a time of 53.17. The sophomore’s top seat notched 10 points towards the Huskies total.

Adding a second title on the day for UConn was senior All-American Wilson (Homer, N.Y.) who won the 800m run in 2:04.55. Her time set a new stadium mark and was .02 seconds away from breaking the meet record. With junior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) taking seventh (2:06.83) in the race Connecticut earned 12 points towards its total.

In the high jump, sophomore Natasha McLaren had a leap of 1.79m (5-10.50) to reach the podium and recording six points for the Huskies with her third place jump.  

Senior Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) had one of the best showings for the Huskies as she added two bronze medals to her impressive career standing on the third level of the podium in both the hammer and shot put.

In her first Outdoor BIG EAST Championships freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) placed seventh in the 1,500m finals 4:28.05, while senior Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) was shortly behind her in ninth place (4:28.60).

Sophomore Madalayne Smith (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) tallied three points towards Connecticut’s total with a sixth place finish in the 100m hurdles after posting a time of 13.69.

Connecticut’s 4x800m relay squad (Cunningham, Groff, Crevoiserat and Wilson) crossed the finish line third in 8:38.79 to tally six points towards the Husky total.

Connecticut will continue its 2012 journey next weekend when they travel to Princeton, N.J. for the ECAC Championships beginning on Friday, May 11 and ending on Sunday, May 13.