CINCINNATI, Ohio – Susan Aneno of the UConn women’s track and field team set a new conference meet record in the 800m race on Sunday afternoon at the American Conference Outdoor Championship. Aneno successfully defender her outdoor title while helping the Huskies to a fourth place finish and 87 points.
“We had a lot of great performances this weekend and great efforts were put together,” said Head Coach JJ Clark. “I congratulate Susan for winning and breaking the conference record in the 800m. Divine was very active this weekend scoring in two events. She continues to develop and uses her talents to propel our team. Mia was sensational. I’ve never had a freshman score in three individual distance events. Overall, we were four points out of second and the team rallied on different occasions to stay in the title hunt.”
Aneno won her second straight title in the 800m run in record-setting style. The junior took down 2015 conference champion Rosie Chamberlain of UCF in a meet-record setting time of 2:03.89. The Huskies grabbed two of the top three spots in the event as Katie Foley joined Aneno on the podium with a third place finish (2:07.20).
Mia Nahom placed in her first of three events on the day with a fifth place finish in the 1500m, after crossing the finish line in 4:32.32. The freshman continued her impressive performance with a fourth overall finish in both the 5000m (17:24.85) and the 3000m steeplechase (10:33.60).
Divine Oladipo, who claimed second in the discus, continued her success with a third place finish in the shot put. Oladipo threw for a distance of 16.48m (54-01.00) on her way to claiming the bronze.
In the sprints the Huskies garnered a handful of points to keep themselves in title contention. Kat Surin garnered a fifth place finish and four points in the 400m dash after clocking a time of 54.68. Teammate Ashley Wiggins picked up three points in the 100m hurdles with her time of 13.68 in the race and Kristina Cherrington blasted across the finish line in 1:00.93 in the 400m hurdles, claiming two points.
Cherrington, Surin, Foley and Aneno all finished the day as multi-event scorers as they claimed a silver medal in the 4x400m relay. UConn (3:36.51) put together a strong performance but ultimately fell to Houston (3:36.35) by a difference of just 0.16 seconds.
*All-Conference performers are top-three finishers in each event.
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