Jan. 26, 2012
STORRS, Conn.-Following a first place finish at the Great Dane Invitational this past weekend, the UConn women's track team find themselves ranked 22nd in the country by the USTFCCCA. They look to continue their success at the Penn State National Invitational this Friday and Saturday. Also, select members of the squad will head to Boston University to compete this Saturday as well.
The Huskies continued their success in New York with a stellar performance in distance races, claiming top-five placements in multiple events. Senior Heather Wilson placed second in the mile with a time of 4:42.45, while junior Brigitte Mania (4:46.19) and freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (4:46.76) finished third and fourth, respectively. In the 3000m, junior Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.) crossed the finish line at 9:38.04, placing first. Sophomore Allison Lasnicki (Canasota, N.Y.) soon followed in second with a time of 9:42.67.
Returning All-Americans Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) and Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) also continued their stellar performances. Leading the Huskies in mid-distance races, Emerson placed fifth in the 200m (24.85) and second in the 400m (55.09).
Bikanova and sophomore Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) were able to claim first and second, respectively, in the high jump, both with leaps of 1.75m. The Huskies' success in the field continued as junior Whitney Holder (Middletown, Conn.) was able to finish second in the long jump with a leap of 5.90m
Coming off impressive performances in successive meets, the 22nd ranked Huskies will try to carry forward their momentum into the Penn State Invitational this Friday and Saturday. Select members of the team also hope for positive results at Boston University on Saturday.