March 4, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – UConn women’s track and field standout Victoria Flowers and assistant coach Andrea Grove-McDonough were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday morning as Flowers was tabbed as the Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year and Grove-McDonough was selected the Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Flowers, earning the indoor honor for the third time of her career, has been spectacular her senior indoor campaign winning five championship crowns over the past three weeks. Flowers took first in the weight throw at the BIG EAST Championships, New England Championships and ECAC Championships. In the shot put, the Providence, R.I. native reached the top of the podium at the New England Championships and ECACs. She was selected the Athlete of the Meet following her pair of titles this past weekend at the ECAC Championships.
“This recognition is certainly an appropriate result for an outstanding indoor season,” head coach Bill Morgan commented. “Along with her most recent award as outstanding athlete of the ECAC championships, I can't think of a more deserving student-athlete.”
A three-time Big East Athlete of the Week honoree, Flowers weight mark is currently 10th in the DI rankings and her season-best shot put of 53-11 (16.43m) is currently No. 24 in DI. She is the top-ranked thrower in the Northeast Region in both the weight throw and shot put.
“It's always nice to see colleagues from throughout the region taking note of one from your team, but in a year where there was an incredible list of nominees, Victoria has set herself apart from all others.” Morgan added. “We are very proud that she represents us in such a significant manner.”
Grove-McDonough and her mid-distance/distance runners have excelled in 2013 as they scored 60 of the Huskies’ 109 points, propelling the team to a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championships. Her runners at 5000 meters swept top three positions with Shauna McNiff (16:09.95) winning the program’s first conference championship at the distance in a new facility record. Her DMR team won its first BIG EAST Championship in facility record 11:06.99. The DMR ranks seventh nationally, while Lindsay Crevoiserat is 12th nationally at 5000 meters (15:58.47). McNiff is 25th nationally in the 5000m and Brigitte Mania is 32nd in the 800 are two of her event athletes.
“Coach McDonough has certainly staked claim as an outstanding assistant coach among her peers. Her recognition is well deserved as she completes the indoor season with representation from her group at the national championships,” Morgan stated. “I think her group’s performance at the BIG EAST Championships spoke volumes for this recognition and we are all excited for her and the position she has put our middle and long distance group, both regionally and nationally