June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - The UConn women's track and field team had five Huskies compete at this week's NCAA Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field. Connecticut's student-athletes bring five All-America titles back to Storrs with senior Victoria Flowers leading the group as she captured two All-American honors.
"What an outstanding week for this group," head coach Bill Morgan stated. "It was great to have them represent us. What they did isn't easy to accomplish and although our expectations are to be finalists the group really achieved what no other group has."
The Huskies had two senior All-American field athletes compete on the final day of competition with Flowers in the shot put and Ilva Bikanova in the high jump. Bikanova finished the high jump tied for 14th with Middle Tennessee's Ann Dudley after clearing a height of 1.80 meters (5-10.75) on Saturday afternoon. Bikanova earned Second Team All-America honors with her 14th place leap which is her third career All-American accolade.
Flowers claimed her second All-American title of the week after finishing 16th in Saturday's shot put with a toss of 15.98 meters (52-05.25). The senior concludes her career at UConn as a seven-time All-American which is the most national accolades in program history.
On the opening day, Flowers, Allison Lasnicki and Brigitte Mania each were tabbed Second Team All-Americans after finishing in top-16 of their respective events. Flowers finished 16th in the hammer, Lasnicki crossed the finish line ninth in the 10,000 meter run and Mania was 12th in the 800 meter run.
First-team honors are 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.
The final Husky who competed in an event in Eugene was freshman Julia Zrinyi who ran in Thursday's 1,500 meter run and finished 17th place with a time of 4:21.17.