Feb. 26, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s track & field team will travel to Amory Collegiate in New York City to compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship on Friday, Feb. 28. A complete schedule of events and additional information for the weekend can be found at the American Athletic Conference website by following this link. Results will also be posted through the Armory track website found here.
For the first time, the American Athletic Conference will provide a live stream of the event. Click here to watch the event live on your computer.
In the final Big East Championship meet in last year’s outdoor season, Connecticut finished in second place with three individual titles, four second place finishes and a trio of third-place results. The Huskies garnered 109 points and will look to build off that strong performance at the first ever American Athletic Championships this weekend.
UConn has experienced great success this season, with fourteen team members setting personal records in the Scarlet & White Invitational at Boston University. The Huskies saw their jumpers excel as they swept the triple jump with the top four places and won the long jump. Sophomore Odrine Belot took first in the triple jump with a personal best leap of 12.47 meters. Sarah Bowens also set a personal record while winning the long jump with a mark of 6.08 meters. Junior Faith Dismuke captured her personal best in the 800 meters with an outstanding performance and a time of 2:08.46. Dismuke’s mark earned her the second best time in the conference leading up to the championship meet. She owns UConn’s fastest times of the season in the 800 meter run as well as the 500 meter run thanks to her 1:14.51 result at Penn State National on Feb. 1.
Connecticut will look for a strong performance from senior sprinter Celina Emerson after being named American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week following UConn’s latest meet on Feb. 15. Emerson broke the school record at the College Championship division of the 400 meter dash and seized the top time in the conference at 53.38. Her personal-best time cracked the top-20 national rankings with the 14th-fastest time in the country. Emerson has set personal records now in three events this season including the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes, all of which are top times for UConn runners this season. She will look to continue her dominance in New York City on Friday as she competes on the same track where she set the program record barely two weeks ago.
The Huskies turn to Emily Durgin for leadership in the distance events. The sophomore has posted UConn’s top times of the season in both the 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter runs at 9:35.50 and 16:44.13, respectively. The Maine native also played a large hand in posting Connecticut’s top distance medley relay time of the season, running the anchor leg at the Great Dane Classic to help the squad finish in 11:56.01.
Natasha McLaren leads the jumpers into the weekend with the top height in the high jump of all American Athletic Conference opponents. McLaren cleared 1.80M at both the Yale Invitational and, more recently, at Boston University’s Scarlet & White Invite. In her sophomore campaign, McLaren finished third in the high jump with a comparable height at 1.81M to earn First Team All-American and posted a personal-best of 1.86m earlier that same season.
“We are very excited about competing this weekend,” said associate head coach Clive Terrelonge of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship. “It’s a chance for us to step into this new conference and set the tone right away. Our athletes have great school spirit and fortitude which will be on display this weekend. We have a shot to be at the top and I am sure they will maximize their potential this weekend. We have some excellent senior leaders who will lead the way this weekend.”
Events begin at 8am on Friday morning and continue through Saturday afternoon on March 1. Complete results and updates will be posted as soon as they become available.