Women's Track Advances Four In Day Two Of NCAA Regionals

    Cunningham advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 3,000m steeple chase.

    Cunningham advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 3,000m steeple chase.

    May 28, 2011


    Day 2 Results

    STORRS, Conn. - In day two of the NCAA Regionals in Bloomington, Ind., the UConn women's track and field team saw four student-athletes advance to the next round of the NCAA Championships. Senior Meghan Cunningham broke the school record in the 3,000m steeple chase and qualified for the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

    "Meghan Cunningham will be competing in her first ever National Championship. Her semi-final was out incredibly fast and Meg ran so bravely to be right there with a break-away group of four athletes at a pace significantly faster than her previous personal best. Meg knew the pace was fast but didn't want to take any chances that she would get beat out by anyone on time if she missed the auto spots. She was definitely hurting down the final straightaway but kept gunning for the finish line. Ultimately she was an easy time qualifier after finishing in the 4th position," said Distance Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough.

    "Heather Wilson ran a tough and gutsy race and while she failed to advance to the National Final, she has really been the catalyst for our group's success. She put us on the map as a mid-distance/distance group and made the rest of the team believe that they too could be All-Americans and National Finalists... It was like she opened the flood gates and all the others are just flowing through them."
    - Distance Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough

    Cunningham finished the steeple chase in 10:11.57.

    Senior All-American Trisha-Ann Hawthorne qualified for the quarterfinals in the 200m but failed to advance to the NCAA Championships in the 100m. Hawthorne finished the 200m in 23.70 placing 13th. She finished the 100m in 11.61m placing 16th. Hawthorne placed seventh in the 100m at the 2010 NCAA Championships.

    Sophomore All-American Brigitte Mania advanced to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, running 2:05.964 in the 800m. Junior All-American Heather Wilson ran 2:07.17 and failed to advance.

    "Today was another great day in the distance events starting off with the 800m. Brigitte was so tough out there today and I was really proud of how much she dug down in those final meters to hold on to a qualifying position and get herself into her first outdoor national championships," added Grove-McDonough.

    UConn high jumper Ilva Bikanova also advanced to the NCAA Championships with her performance yesterday. Bikanova reached 1.78m (5' 10") and placed sixth.

    "Ilva was clear through three heights and came out with a near-personal best against a very strong field. She's becoming an excellent continuation of our high jump tradition," said Head Coach William Morgan.

    Senior Tynisha McMillian competed in the shot put but failed to advance to the NCAA Championships. McMillian's top throw of 15.44m (50' 8") placed her 17th.