March 3, 2012
BOSTON, Mass.-The women’s track and field team continued their successful weekend as sophomore Natasha McLaren posted a first place leap of 1.86 meters in the high jump on Saturday at the ECAC Championships. The Stroudsburg, Pa. native’s 6-01.25” jump is an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships and has the sophomore sitting fourth in the nation.
“This was an incredible effort with Natasha showing great composure and intent. It sets her up nicely for Nationals next week,” stated Head Coach Bill Morgan.
On the track, junior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) qualified for Sunday’s 500 meter finals after crossing the finish line second in a time of 1:13.16.
Senior Danielle Lyte (Burlington, Ontario) reached the semifinals in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.67 but did not reach Sunday’s finals. She also posted a time of 24.89 in the 200m dash.
Also, putting up impressive numbers but not reaching the finals was sophomore Madalayne Smith (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) and sophomore Shavon Briscoe (Brandywine, Md.) in the 60 meter hurdles. Smith completed the race in 8.62 and Briscoe in 8.76 to reach the semifinals.
UConn’s 4x400 relay squad will compete in the finals after placing sixth in 3:47.78. The qualifying team is compiled of sophomore Tiffany Daley, Groff, freshman Brianna Allen and Briscoe.
The Huskies will continue the ECAC Championships on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. Check back for final recap and results.