NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 9, 2002) -- In Saturday action at the New York Road Runners Armory Track and Field Invitational, the University of Connecticut womens track and field team claimed its fourth team victory of the indoor season, taking first-place honors in the university division field of 19 teams with 70 points to edge Syracuse, who had 68. James Madison (57 points), Morgan State (32 points) and Hampton (30 points) rounded out the top five.
Senior Sharmaine Abrams (Manchester, CT) paced the Huskies, scoring points in the finals of both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Abrams placed second in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best 24.66 and notched a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash with 7.75. Abrams was followed by junior Gillian Flemmings (Bridgeport, CT) in the 200-meter dash with a third-place finish effort of 25.23.
Also notching third-place finishes for the Huskies were sophomore Nicola Hines (Bridgeport, CT) in the 400-meter dash finals with 57.65, freshman April Garner (Temple Hills, MD) in the 60-meter hurdles finals with 8.70 and the 4x400-meter relay team with a season-best 3:51.05.
Sophomore Sarah Casilli (Jamaica Plain, MA) also had a standout day for the Huskies. Casilli broke the school record in the mile with a time of 4:55.37, good for fourth place. Senior Wadudah Nurul-Islam (Providence, RI) and junior Amy Parkosewich (Bethlehem, CT) placed fourth and sixth in the shot put with throws of 439and 4313/4, respectively.
Earlier on Friday, Nurul-Islam and sophomore Deirdre Mullen (Princeton, NJ) posted noteworthy performances for the Huskies. Mullen took first in the high jump with a personal-best 583/4 while Nurul-Islam shattered the school record in the weight throw with a heave of 6323/4 for second place. The distance medley team also scored points for UConn, running 12:05.74 en route to a fourth-place finish, while Parkosewich claimed sixth-place in the weight throw with 482.
The UConn womens track and field team returns to action next weekend when the championship portion of its season begins at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship in Syracuse, NY.