March 8, 2014
BOSTON, Mass - The University of Connecticut women's track & field team started off strong in its first day of competition at the ECAC Championships on the site of Boston University. Twelve athletes qualified to compete in final events on Sunday. Said associate coach Clive Terrelonge, "This was the best first day of competition considering the number of athletes competing who will return for finals tomorrow."
All-American Natasha McLaren captured the high jump by remaining tough to best her competition in a tie-breaking jump-off. She cleared a mark of 1.78m (5-10.00) to win the title. In the triple jump, Odrine Belot grabbed a silver medal for the Huskies.
Another meet highlight included ten Huskies setting new personal bests. Chantal Scott and Madelayne Smith both qualified in the 60 meter hurdles while Taylor Anderson and Deysha Smith-Jenkins will represent UConn in the 60 meter dash finals tomorrow. Anderson and Smith-Jenkins also joined Celina Emerson in posting qualifying times in the 200 meter run. This time it was Smith-Jenkins' turn for a historic time, as her marker also represented the second fastest in UConn Indoor history. Both are behind Big East Champion Trisha Ann Hawthorne.
Celina Emerson also posted a qualifying time in the 400 meter along with teammate Nyanka Joseph. Faith Dismuke earned a spot in tomorrow's 500 meter final after running a personal best of 1:13.13 while both Laura Williamson and Emily Howard will run for Connecticut in tomorrow's 1,000 meter final. Williamson and Howard also posted personal record times of 2:51.74 and 2:53.66, respectively.
Freshman Taylor Anderson concluded an impressive performance with three personal-bests en route to qualifying for the 60m and 200m. Anderson ran a 7.45 in the preliminaries of the 60m to qualify for the semifinals. The rookie followed that performance up by running a 7.40 to reserve her spot in the final. Her 7.40 marks the second fastest time in UConn Indoor history. Anderson also added a personal best time of 24.47 to qualify in the 200m.
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