May 26, 2013
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GREENSBORO, N.C.- The UConn women’s track and field team saw five Huskies qualify for six events and stamp their ticket to Eugene, Oregon in two weeks for the NCAA Championships following this weekend’s East Regionals in North Carolina.
“Our student-athletes represented UConn well with many advancing to Eugene,” stated head coach Bill Morgan. “It’s very exciting to see the balance across events.”
Senior Victoria Flowers, a five-time All-American, leads the Huskies west as she posted qualifying marks in both the shot put and the hammer. On the final day of competition at the East Prelims, Flowers finished fourth in the shot put with an impressive 16.39m (53-09.25) toss. The Providence, R.I. native also registered a throw of 59.90m (196-06) in the hammer for tenth place earlier in the weekend.
“Victoria taking fourth with a big pressure throw in the shot was huge,” Morgan continued.
In her first-ever season at Connecticut freshman Julie Zrinyi (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has been outstanding for the Huskies and did not slow down in Greensboro as she crossed the finish line ninth in the 1,500m with a time of 4:16.49. Her time broke the previous UConn outdoor record of 4:18.14.
Also competing on Saturday but unable to record a qualifying time was Connecticut’s 4x400m relay team who finished 21st with a time of 3:40.89. The team was made up of Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.), Deysha Smith-Jenkins (Milwaukee, Wisc.), Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) and Paris Taft (New Haven, Conn.).
Earlier in the weekend, Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia), Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) and Allison Lasnicki (Canastota, N.Y.) also earned a trip to Oregon. Bikanova will compete in the high jump after clearing a mark of 1.81m for a four-way sixth place tie, while Mania captured fourth in the 800m in 2:04.81. Lasnicki shattered the school record in the 10,000 meter run when she finished sixth in 33:36.11.
“We will enjoy this weekend in anticipation of a great trip to NCAA' s. It's a great year for our program,” Morgan concluded.
The NCAA Championships are slated for June 5-8 at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.