March 5, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s track and field team sends five Huskies to this weekend’s NCAA Championship in Fayetteville, Ark. Senior Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.), sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) and the Connecticut Distance Medley Relay team will all compete in Saturday and Sunday’s events.
“This year presents the most elite set up on record as the NCAA is holding to a strict 16 person field in the individual events along with a 12 team relay field,” stated head coach Bill Morgan. “When you consider the multitude of teams and individuals within those teams vying for a spot, it becomes apparent and most impressive of the meets stature. It is truly a national championship format.”
Crevoiserat is competing in her second NCAA Championship in as many years after notching her first career All-American title in 2012 as part of the DMR squad. This marks her first time competing in an individual event as she qualified for Saturday’s 3,000 meter run. Crevoiserat is currently 16th in the nation following a time of 9:09.48 at the Columbia Qualifier.
Crevoiserat will also be joining Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.), Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) and Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) in Friday’s DMR race. Mania, Emerson and Crevoiserat each earned a First Team All-America honor in 2012 with an eighth place finish. This year’s team heads to Arkansas with the eighth best time in the nation at 11:02.05. Mania and Emerson are each chasing their third career All-American title, while Groff is searching for her first.
“We made it to the final meet of the indoor season and with five representatives competing in three events there is great reason to feel complete satisfaction about how the season evolved and our final trip to Arkansas for NCAA's,” Morgan commented. “Each of the three coaches has event specific athletes competing with sprint coach Clive Terrelonge presenting two legs of the DMR, Celina Emerson - 400 and Anna Graf – 800, and distance coach Andrea Grove-McDonough with Lindsay Crevoiserat - 1600 and Brigitte Mania - 1200.”
Flowers, a four-time All-American, returns to the indoor NCAA Championships for the fourth time of her career as she is set to compete in Friday’s weight throw. Flowers is currently 10th in the nation in the weight throw after a 21.34m for first place at the BIG EAST Championships. 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 tabbed as the indoor Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year for the third time in her career following her strong indoor campaign.
“Victoria Flowers will round out a group that represents nine All-American titles,” Morgan said. “This will be our 19th year in 21 consecutive years that we will have an All-American named.”
Friday’s weight throw is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m., while the DMR will start at 8:45 p.m. Saturday’s 3,000 meter run will start at 7:40 p.m.