Women's Track and Field Seek Third Straight Championship Title This Season



    STORRS, Conn. (March 7, 2008) - The University of Connecticut women's track and field team will travel to Boston this weekend to defend their championship title in the 2008 ECAC Indoor Championship on Saturday and Sunday.

    Led by Trisha-Ann Hawthorne (Elmsford, N.Y.), the New England Championship's Most Outstanding Women's Performer, the Huskies look to capture their third straight championship crown this season. After winning their first ever BIG EAST Indoor Championship in February, the Huskies followed with a successful run at the New England Championship, where they took home the title.

    "As we prepare for this weekend's ECAC Championship, my thoughts are still in touch with our recent success in winning our first Indoor BIG EAST Championship along with continued domination in winning the New Englands," said head coach Bill Morgan. "It's easy to lose sight of these special program benchmarks as the team once again sets up for another huge weekend of competition. We have a special group of young ladies representing the University of Connecticut, who work with a high level of focus as they prepare and perform in each and every meet."

    Last season, UConn won the ECAC Indoor Championship for the first time in program history as the Huskies became just the ninth team to win the title in the ECAC's 30-year history. The Huskies took home the victory in the 4x400 relay as Jessi Foreman (Wayland, Mass.) (60m) and former standout Jennifer Rogers (long jump) took second in the respective events.

    Several individuals will be looking to move up the list in the national rankings for a trip to Arkansas next week as senior Tamara Highsmith (East Haven, Conn.) leads the way with her automatic qualifying performance ranking her at ninth nationally. Sophomore Tynisha McMillian (Bridgeport, Conn.) is ranked 28th in the shot put this season while teammate Carin Knight (New Rochelle, N.Y.) is 16th in the high jump.

    Junior Mandela Graves-Fulgham (Shutesbury, Mass.) is currently in the top-25 in the country in the 400 meter dash, as her top finish of 54.08 provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championship.

    "Anticipation of a great meet is inherent, motivations are singular in our approach and I would expect best performances from everyone." added Morgan.