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Huskies Off to Hot Start at American Championships

May 12, 2018

Day 1 Results | Highlights | Champ Central

The UConn women's track and field team currently sits in second place (34 points) at the American Outdoor Championships after two days of competition. 

"Our team continues to put up a good fight in a very competitive team battle," said Heah Coach JJ Clark. "We've advanced athletes to the finals, have run personal bests and have broken school records."

Day Two
The Huskies continue to thrive on day two of the conference outdoor championships as they earned 12 points on the day.

Divine Oladipo captured second in the discus with a distance of 51.42m. The silver medal is the second for the squad during the championship as teammate Chanell Botsis earned second place in the hammer thrown on Friday.

Laurel Bailey recorded three points for her team with a sixth overall finish in the pole vault. Bailey set a new school record in the event after clearing a height of 3.81m (12'6").

Sticking with the field events, Taylor Woods helped her team after placing eighth in the long jump after posting a jumop of 5.78m.

In addition to Bailey, two Huskies garnered personal records in their respective events. Lauren Scahill crossed the finish line with a time of 4:36.60 in the 1500m and Ashley Wiggins turned in a time of 13.84 in the 100m hurdles, both personal bests.

With strong preliminary races, a handful of Huskies qualified for the finals on Sunday afternoon. In the sprints, Kat Surin and Wiggins will compete for the title in the 400m dash and the 100m hurdles, respectievly. In the 1500m Mia Nahom and Scahill each earned a chance to race on Sunday.

Day One
Connecticut sits atop the leader board with 17 points after day one of competition. 

UConn earned 11 of their 17 points in the hammer throw as the Huskies claimed three of the top eight spots. Chanell Botsis earned the silver in the event with a distance of 58.99m (193-06). Teammate Amaris Blount placed seventh with a throw of 56.67m (185-11) while Kelli Thomas finished eighth overall with a personal best performance of 55.07m (180-08).



The Huskies collected their final six points of the day in the 10,000m race. Brianna O'Brien's time of 36:30.58 was fastest enough for a fifth place finish while Haley Hasty crossed the finish line in seventh with a career best time of 36:58.24.

Three Huskies secured a spots in the 400m hurdles and 800m finals that will take place on Saturday. Kristina Cherrington placed seventh in the preliminaries of the 400m hurdles thanks to her career best time of 1:00.41. A pair of Huskies in reigning champion Susan Aneno (2:09.64) and Katie Foley (2:09.94) will race for the 800m title as they claimed third and seventh in their respective heats.