June 2, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Saturday evening in Jacksonville, UConn’s 4x400m relay team clinched a berth at the NCAA Championship with a time of 3:34.83. The time gave the Huskies eleventh place in the NCAA East Regional and a ticket to Eugene, Oregon where the squad will have the chance to become the first-ever UConn 4x400m relay to earn All-American honors when the NCAA Championships get underway next month.
The combination of Celina Emerson, Nyanka Joseph, Faith Dismuke and Deysha Smith-Jenkins booked a trip to Nationals, which will be held at Hayward Field from June 11-14. Emerson, the veteran on the squad, owns three All-American titles to her name. All three honors came as a member of the distance medley relay squad, providing her experience at the NCAA Championship in the relays.
The relay team’s win achievement came as a dual qualifying performance involving Emerson, who also punched an individual ticket to the NCAA Championship in the 400m. On Friday evening in Jacksonville she re-set her own school record with a time of 52.79 to claim 11th place and a spot in the National Finals. Emerson posted a time of 53.47 to advance out of Thursday evening's preliminary heats, where and then proceeded to shave her time down to 52.79 in Friday's quarterfinal, which resets the school record of 52.80 that she established at the American Athletic Conference Championship in the beginning of May. She now owns both the indoor and outdoor 400m records at UConn after posting a 53.38 in February to set the school's indoor standard.
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