March 1, 2012
STORRS, Conn.-This weekend the UConn women’s track and field team returns to Boston, Mass. to compete in the two-day ECAC Championships. The Huskies, who are coming off of a title performance at the New England Championship, are ranked first in the Northeast Region by the USTFCCCA.
UConn was top dog last week, totaling 123 points, 46 ahead of second place Sacred Heart. At the New England Championship, the Huskies had five individual titles and 17 top-five finishes.
On the first day of competition, UConn had 14 team members qualify for the finals on Sunday. A Husky record was also broken, as Angelica Gilsenan (Danbury, Conn.) placed fifth in the pole fault with a leap 3.67m, highest in school history.
The Huskies continued their momentum into the next day, where the team earned 119 points. On the field, UConn dominated the high jump, capturing three of the top four spots. Sophomore Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) came in first place with a leap of 1.83m (6’). Next to her on the podium was junior Jasmine Cribb (Naugatuck, Conn.), who finished second (1.80m-5' 10 3/4"), while fellow junior Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia), placed fourth (1.75m).
Senior Danielle Lyte (Burlington, Ontario) captured first place in the 60m, setting a new meet record with a time of 7.58. Also on the track, junior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla) set a meet record in the 500m, posting a time 1:13.37, capturing her second consecutive New England title.
A UConn record was broken by junior Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.), who earned a title in the 3,000m with a time of 9:26.96.
After such a strong performance last weekend, the Huskies hope to carry their momentum into the ECAC Championships as they return to Boston, Mass. on March 3-4.
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