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Women's Track and Field To Compete at the Giegengack Invitational

STORRS, Conn. (February 1, 2008) - The University of Connecticut women's track and field team will travel to Yale University this weekend to compete at the Giegengack Invitational, held at Coxe Cage and the Frank Shorter '69 indoor track, on Friday and Saturday in New Haven, Conn.

The Giegengack Invitational, named for the legendary Yale coach Bob Giegengack, will include national caliber competition, including many Northeast Region teams from both Division I and Division II institutions.

"Coming off the Penn State National Invitational, the team has been able to work on specific and individual concerns in practice for the march toward the championship season," said head coach Bill Morgan. "Fine tuning in technique and mental preparation in individual focus are significant at this point."

Considered the heart and soul of the program, senior tri-captain, Tamara Highsmith (East Haven, Conn.) is continuing her surge to nationals in the triple jump as she is currently ranked sixth in the nation while ranked seventh in the pentathlon.

Sophomore Tynisha McMillian (Bridgeport, Conn.) has also come up big for the Huskies this season as she has dominated competition in both the shot put and the weight throw this season. Freshman sprint standout Trisha Hawthorne (Elmsford, N.Y.) has continued to add to the success of the Husky program this year while classmates Olga Ponomarenko (Concord, Mass.) and Ellen Powers (Hudson, N.H.) have performed well in the jumps.

Leah Andrianos (East Syracuse, N.Y.) and Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) should continue to add to a much improved middle distance group.

"Qualifying marks and improvement on performance standings become significant in our minds with only several opportunities available," said Morgan. "We are in great position right now and very excited to compete."

Events will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and will continue on Saturday with field events starting at 9:30 a.m. and running events at 12:30 p.m.