June 6, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. – The UConn women’s track and field team had three Huskies compete in the opening day of the NCAA Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field. Victoria Flowers, Brigitte Mania and Allison Lasnicki each were tabbed Second Team All-Americans following their Wednesday performances. Flowers and Mania entered Eugene with a combined eight All-American titles as Flowers owned five and Mania three.
Lasnicki recorded UConn’s top finish of the opening day when she finished ninth in Wednesday evening’s 10,000 meter run. Lasnicki crossed the finish line in 34:11.99. For her efforts in Eugene, Lasnicki earns her first All-America status as she was tabbed as a Second Team All-American.
“The day ended with a great run from Allison,” head coach Bill Morgan said. “Very composed coming from the back to finish with a nice performance.”
Flowers entered Eugene slotted in the No. 22 spot out of 24 throwers competing in the hammer throw. The Providence, R.I. native excelled on Wednesday when she finished 16th in the hammer with a hurl of 60.52 meters (198-07).
With her sixteenth seat, Flowers is a now a six-time All-American for Connecticut which is the most All-America honors of any Husky in program history.
“A meet like this you can't have any mishaps in technique or response to factors occurring during the race. You're exposed a bit more here and there is less margin for error but they represented us well,” continued Morgan.
First-team honors were given to those who placed in the championships’ top eight in an event or were a member of an eight-person final. Second team honors were earned by those who finished between ninth and 16th place.
In the 800 meter semifinals, Mania finished 12th overall with a time of 2:05.28 to conclude her 2013 season. Mania just missed out on a trip to Friday’s finals as the top-8 runners advance. However, her 12th place finish gives Mania her fourth All-American title as she earned a spot on the second team.
“Brigitte's 800 was a hard fought effort just coming up short to reach the finals,” Morgan finished. “Three more events, I'm sure we will respond as we have all year.”
Julia Zrinyi will run in the 1,500 meter semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m., while Flowers and Ilva Bikanova will compete on Saturday beginning at 3:45 p.m.