STORRS, Conn. – After months of training the wait is finally over- the University of Connecticut women’s track and field team kicks off the indoor season this Saturday at the Nittany Lion Invitational held at Penn State.
“We (the coaching staff and athletes) are all excited to get going,” said Head Coach JJ Clark. “We haven’t had a meet since last year’s outdoor season. We had our distance runners compete during the cross country season but this involves our entire team and they are excited and ready to go. Emotions are very heavy and there is a lot of excitement.”
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Saturday’s meet is the first of six meets leading up to the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, as the Huskies search for their fourth title in five years.
After a successful 2017 Outdoor season, which produced two NCAA Tournament qualifiers, Clark is pleased with the depth of his team heading into the indoor season.
“Susan Aneno made the outdoor NCAA Tournament, as well as Kat (Surin) but we also have some throwers in Divine (Oladipo) and Chanell (Botsis) that could make the tournament this year as well. We have people in different areas that could be impact performers on our team in the sprints, jumps and throws. Again, it’s exciting and we are excited to get them going.
Additionally, the Huskies are coming off a successful cross country season, claiming school’s first women’s American Conference Championship.
“We have good freshmen from this last cross country season that have stepped up and could possibly do very well in both our conference and region.”
FloTrack will be streaming the Nittany Lion Challenge and will be simulcast on BTN2Go for those who have subscriptions to those services.