KINGSTON, R.I. (January 19, 2008) - The University of Connecticut women's track and field team competed in a dominating fashion once again as the Huskies took first place with a score of 252.50 at the Sorlien Invitational on Saturday evening at the University of Rhode Island.
Tamara Highsmith (East Haven, Conn.) won the 55 meter hurdles, triple jump and high jump, while continuing to spark the Huskies as she dominated in every event she competed in. Highsmith's hurdle finish tied the mark for third on UConn's all-time indoor performance list.
"Tamara is in a great position to do some very special things in the triple jump," said head coach Bill Morgan. "We couldn't be more please with her composure, while her daily practice and then her performance in competition is just outstanding."
The sprint group of coach Clive Terrelonge established themselves as a serious force, while sweeping the top-four places in the 55 dash and earning the top-two spots in both the 200 and 400 meter dash. Leading the way, in her first collegiate meet was freshman Trisha Hawthorne (Elmsford, N.Y.), who ran to a third-best mark on the Huskies' all-time indoor performance list with a finish of 6.94.
Jessi Foreman (Wayland, Mass.) finished right behind Hawthorne with a time of 7.03, followed by Phylicia George (Markham, Ont.) at 7.13 and Jessica White (Middleton, Mass.) at 7.17. Returning in the 200, Hawthorne once again prevailed at 24.54, followed by Mandela Graves-Fulgham (Shutesbury, Mass.) with a time of 25.14. Graves-Fulgham completed the sprint sweep by winning the 400 with a victorious time of 56.37, while sophomore Chanell Smith (Bronx, N.Y.) crossed the finish line at 57.71.
The Huskies proved to be physically dominate over competition as UConn swept the long jump, taking the top three finishes, while finishing in the top two in the shot put. Sophomore Tynisha McMillian (Bridgeport, Conn.) led the Huskies in both the shot put and weight throw as she picked up a first place finish in the shot put with a throw of 15.15m (49-08.50) while senior Amanda Martin (Rowley, Mass.) came in second. McMillian also took second in the weight throw.
Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) and Ashley O'Brien (Broad Brook, Conn.) also performed well for the Huskies finishing with a third place time in the one mile run (Cunningham) and a second place finish in the 800 meter run (O'Brien).
Freshman Jordan Ritchie (Columbia, Conn.) also had a good outing for the Huskies, finishing tied in second place in the pole vault.
Coach Kim McGreevy’s middle distance group received a significant boost from freshman Leah Andrianos (East Syracuse, N.Y.) who added to UConn's point total with a win in the 1,000 meter run with a winning time of 2:53.70.
"As a team, we performed at a championship level," said Morgan. "We still have a lot to accomplish. We still need to run faster, throw further and jump higher and further. But we are showing the willingness, composure, consistency and determination that we need right now.
We (the coaching staff) are very excited to see our team compete with that sort of heart and fire so early in the season. We are just really pleased with how we performed today."
The Huskies took the top spot of the meet ahead of URI, who came in second with 134.50 points. Brown University rounded out the top-three with a close third place finish with a mark of 134.00.