May 25, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C.- UConn women’s track and field's proven standouts were excellent on the second day of the NCAA East Regionals in Greensboro where All-Americans Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia), Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) and Brigitte Mania ( Flemington, N.J.) posted qualifying marks and will head back to NCAA Championships.
Bikanova is heading back to her second outdoor NCAA Championships in her career for the high jump. A two-time All-American, she cleared a mark of 1.81m (5-11.25) for a four-way sixth place tie on Friday. Teammate Natasha McLaren did not have a high enough leap.
Flowers, a five-time All-American, will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon (June 5-8) after notching a hurl of 59.90 meters (196-06) in the hammer for tenth place. Flowers will vie for a chance to compete in two events in Eugene as she is slated to partake in Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. shot put.
A three-time indoor All-American, Mania stamped a ticket to her first outdoor NCAA Championships on Friday when she ran the 800 meter in 2:04.81 and had the Huskies’ best overall finish of the day with fourth place.
Connecticut also had Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) and Shauna McNiff ( Hingham, Mass.) compete on Friday as Emerson ran the 400m dash in 54.10 and McNiff finished the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:35.11. Neither qualified for Oregon.
Joining Flowers in competition on the final day of the East Prelims will be freshman Julia Zrinyi in the quarters of the 1,500m at 6:30 p.m. and the 4x400 meter relay team (Emerson, Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Tiffany Daley, Paris Taft) at 9:00 p.m.