May 16, 2010
PRINCETON, N.J. - The UConn women's track and field team won its third straight ECAC Outdoor Championship as the Huskies dominated their competition with 105 points and six titles.
Led by the ECAC Athlete of the Meet, Trisha-Ann Hawthorne, the Huskies won their third straight ECAC title at the William Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J. UConn posted 105 points, a dominating 51 points ahead of Columbia, the second-place finisher. Brown rounded out the top-three teams with 41 points.
Hawthorne is coming off a successful BIG EAST Championship where she was also named women's track Athlete of the Meet after winning both the 100 and 200 meter dash and was a part of the Huskies winning 4x100 meter relay. This weekend, Hawthorne continued to dominate her opposition as she won both the 100 and 200 meter dash at the ECAC Championship for the third straight year. Her and her fellow teammates also won the 4x100 meter for the third straight year as well. That group consists of Hawthorne, Mandela Graves-Fulgham, Phylicia George and Kristen Brown. Hawthorne took home the crown in the 100 meter with a time of 11.58, while in the 200 meter she finished in 23.30, a new UConn record and a top-20 performance in nation.
The 4x100 meter relay won the title with a time of 44.43 to break the ECAC Championship record. The Huskies 4x100 relay team barely missed breaking the school record of 44.42, which was set in 2009. The performance from the relay group moved UConn up to 12th in the nation in the event.
Other title winners for the Huskies included Graves-Fulgham in the 400 meter dash as she took first place with a school record time of 53.07, to improve her national standings from 22nd to 19th. Her time also set a UConn record in the event, one she set at the BIG EAST Championship two weeks ago.
"I am very proud of what this sprint group is doing and their consistency in championship competition," said associate head coach Clive Terrelonge
. "I don't think any sprint coach across the country can be more proud of their sprint group than I am of the young ladies on our team."
In the javelin, UConn's Emma Crowcroft won the title as she threw for a distance of 154'2" (46.98 meters). Tynisha McMillian took second in the shot put with a throw of 50' (15.24 meters). The Huskies' 4x800 meter relay, consisting of Leah Andrianos, Heather Wilson, Meghan Cunningham and Brigitte Mania came in first place with a winning time of 8:44.95. Andrianos ran a season-best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:08.74.
Jasmine Cribb took second place in the high jump with a leap of 5'10" (1.78 meters) for the Huskies. George came in second place in her specialty, the 100 meter hurdles, with a time of 13.69 as she entered the weekend ranked 15th in the region in the event. She was also a part of the first place 4x100 meter relay.
"It was a substantial effort on our team's part," said head coach Bill Morgan. "Everyone competed at a high level to win our third title with 105 points. I am really excited of our overall effort. We did something truly special and it is a great accomplishment to not only for our program but for our University."
Next up for the Huskies will be the NCAA Division I East Regional beginning on Thursday, May 27 at North Carolina A&T.