Highsmith and Morgan Win Athlete and Coach of the Year as Women's Track Wins Second Straight New England Championship



    BOSTON, Mass. (February 24, 2007) - The University of Connecticut women's track team defended their New England Indoor Championship from a year ago to win with 153 points on Saturday afternoon in Boston, Mass.

    Junior Tamara Highsmith (East Haven, Conn.) was named Athlete of the Year while head coach Bill Morgan earned Coach of the Year honors. Highsmith won the pentathlon on Friday with 3708 points. She also place third in the high jump (1.70m) as well as the triple jump with a distance of 12.16m. Highsmith finished sixth in the 55m hurdles in 8.24.

    Sophomore Jessi Foreman (Wayland, Mass.) won the 55m dash in record-setting fashion with a time of 6.91, a New England Record. Sophomore Alyssa Evering (Bel Air, Md.) won the 200m dash title with a time of 23.97, good enough for a new school record and breaking the oldest standing New England Championship record, which lasted for over 20 years.

    The 4x400 meter relay team won with a time of 3:48.25, breaking the New England Championship record. The team comprised of sophomore Mandela Graves-Fulgham (Shutesbury, Mass.), Evering, freshman Channel Smith (Bronx, N.Y.) and Highsmith got the win.

    Graves-Fulgham was crowned champion in the 400m dash with a time of 54.80 with Evering on her heels for runner-up (55.55).

    Also in the 55m dash, sophomore Monique Hodges (Wethersfield, Conn.) took third with a time of 7.15 while freshman Phylicia George (Markham, Ontario) finished sixth (7.25) with sophomore Jessica White (Middletown, Mass.) in eighth (7.26).

    Graves-Fulgham was the runner-up in the 200m dash in 24.28 while George was right behind in 24.91 for fifth and Hodges took eighth (25.55).

    Smith finished in third place in the 500m dash with a time of 1:15.06 while junior Kaitlyn Whitlock (Bethel, Conn.) was fourth (1:15.19).

    Freshman Carin Knight (New Rochelle, N.Y.) was runner-up in the high jump (1.75m) while sophomore Rachael Porter (Watertown, Conn.) took sixth with a jump of 1.65m. Freshman Tynisha McMillian (Stamford, Conn.) finished second in the shot put with a distance of 14.63m while senior Jennifer Rogers (Parksville, B.C.) took fourth in the triple jump (11.99m) after winning the long jump on Friday night.

    Senior All-American Jillian Sullivan (Bristol, Conn.) was a seventh-place finisher in the 3,000m with a time of 9:49.15.

    UConn competes next weekend at the ECAC Championships, March 3-4, in Boston, Mass.