Feb. 11, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – UConn senior sprinter Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) has been named the American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week following a record-breaking performance this past weekend at the Armory Collegiate meet in New York City.
Emerson competed in the College Championship division of the 400 meter dash this weekend, breaking the school record with a personal-best time of 53.38 to grab third place. Emerson cracked the top-20 fastest times in the nation, sliding into the 14th spot, and holds the best time in the American Athletic Conference.
“I’m very proud of how far I have come,” said Emerson of her achievement. “Honestly, the school record wasn’t even on my mind. I just wanted to drop my time because the ultimate goal is getting to nationals. It’s exciting to walk away knowing that I ran the fastest indoor time of my life and am breaking records while I’m at it! I’m so happy to have my name go down in the UConn record books.”
Emerson is a three-time All-American in with UConn’s Distance Medley Relay team. The senior has been part of several of the top relay teams in school history, including the 2010-11 outdoor 4x400 meter squad and indoor 2010-11 DMR unit, both of which hold the school records. Now, Celina Emerson’s name stands alone in the UConn record books in her own event.
“We are really proud of Celina for the progress she has made this year,” associate head coach Clive Terrelonge had commented after the meet. “She is leading the Huskies in the right direction with her focus and performance.”
“Celina has worked very hard this year both physically and mentally so it's great she is getting rewarded for that,” Coach Terrelonge continued. “She is among the nation’s leaders in the 400m this year and at the top of our conference through that hard work. This weekend was a breakthrough for her so we should see even bigger things from her this season. She is our first ever American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week so I am very proud and happy for her.”
Connecticut returns to action on Saturday at the Scarlet and White Invitational hosted by Boston University. This will be the Huskies’ final competition before the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship on Feb. 28 in New York City.