Women's Track and Field Continues to Climb Rankings to No. 13 in Nation



    March 1, 2009

    NEW ORLEANS, La. - For the second straight week, the University of Connecticut women's track and field team is ranked in the top-20 of Division I women's programs in the nation according to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 rankings. The Huskies moved up to No. 13 after a record-breaking weekend with their second consecutive BIG EAST Indoor Championship title.

    UConn moved up seven spots from their No. 20 ranking last week, a ranking that helped them reach a top-25 position for the first time in program history. Rankings by the USTFCCCA are determined by points given to individuals on each team in all events.

    Led by 10 national qualifiers, the Huskies have a national presence as five student-athletes are in the top-10 of their respective events, including sophomore Trisha-Ann Hawthorne (Elmsford, N.Y.) who ranks the highest among her teammates with a fourth place ranking in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.31, which she recorded in her first place finish at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship.

    Hawthorne is No. 13 in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.72, which she picked up with a first place finish at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship.

    In the field events, Tynisha McMillian (Bridgeport, Conn.) broke the UConn record in the shot put with a mark of 16.69 (54' 9.25") to move up to fifth in the nation. She also moved up to No. 23 in the weight throw as she picked up a throw of 18.93 meters (62' 1.25"). Freshman Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) is sixth in the weight throw with a UConn record of 20.30 meters (66' 7.25"). Monique Hodges (Wethersfield, Conn.) moved into No. 28 in the nation in the 60-meter dash with her performance at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship as she posted a time of 7.43.



    In the 400 meter dash, senior Mandela Graves-Fulgham (Shutesbury, Mass.) broke her own school record as she improved to seventh in the nation with her best time of 54.03, while Phylicia George (Markham, Ont.) is No. 20 in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.33, which she posted at the Armory earlier this month. Senior Rachael Porter (Watertown, Conn.) currently stands in the top-25 in the high jump behind Carin Knight (New Rochelle, N.Y.), who sits at seventh in the nation. Knight posts a jump of 1.82 meters (5' 11.5") as Porter's best jump of 1.78 (5' 10").

    The Huskies will return to action on this weekend as they travel to Boston, Mass. for the New England Championship. Results can be found immediately after the meet at www.neicaaa.org.