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Women's Track & Field Look To Repeat As New England Champs

Natasha McLaren and the Huskies head to New England Championships.

Feb. 23, 2012

STORRS, Conn.-Fresh off of the BIG EAST Championships this past weekend, the UConn women’s track and field team travels to Boston, Mass. on February 24-25 for the New England Championship. The Huskies are ranked first in the Northeast Region and No. 26 in the country by the USTFCCCA.

Returning to the Armory Track this weekend, UConn fished in sixth place, totaling 66.50 points. The Huskies were able to grab one gold, two silvers, and three bronzes in the conference championships.

On the first day of competition, UConn’s DMR team, consisting of senior All-American Heather Wilson (Homer, N.Y.), junior Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.), sophomore All-American Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.), and freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.), shined, finishing third with a time of 11:13.85. Eight Huskies also qualified for the finals the following day.

Continuing on to Sunday, UConn was able to regain ground in the championships with several strong showings. Junior Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) brought her impressive performance into the post-season, placing first in the high jump with a leap of 1.78m. She was the only Husky to come home with a BIG EAST title.

Emerson captured a silver medal for the Huskies in the 400m dash, placing second with a time of 54.56.

UConn also had strong performances in distance races. In the mile, Wilson was able to grab the silver medal, crossing the line at 4:47.50. Also doing well in the race was junior Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.), who placed sixth (4:51.47). Mania was able to finish second in the 800m (2:06.15) and Crevoiserat grabbed the bronze medal in the 3000m with a time of 9:41.53.



The 4x400m relay team broke into the UConn record books after their time of 3:41.54. Consisting of sophomore Tiffany Daley (Northborourgh, Mass.), Emerson, junior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.), and freshman Nyanka Joseph (Brooklyn, N.Y.), the team finished in third place.

Hoping for another strong performance, the Huskies continue their post-season action this weekend when the travel to Boston, Mass. to compete in the New England Championships.