NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 11, 2008) - The University of Connecticut women's track and field senior Tamara Highsmith (East Haven, Conn.), along with head coach Bill Morgan and sprints and hurdles coach, Clive Terrelonge, each received Division I Regional honors for the 2008 indoor season, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.
Highsmith, a senior tri-captain, earned the Northeast Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year honors as she won the triple jump and placed third in the pentathlon in leading the Huskies to the BIG EAST Conference women's indoor title. Highsmith also won the triple jump at the ECAC Championship and will represent UConn in that event at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championship.
Head coach Bill Morgan received Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors after he led the Huskies to their second straight ECAC Indoor Championship title last week to add to the program's growing list of accomplishments for the 2007-08 indoor season. UConn won the program's first ever BIG EAST Indoor Championship in February then followed with a team victory at the New England Championship the following weekend.
Also leading the Huskies this season is sprints/hurdles coach, Terrelonge, who has also received recognition for his hard work and great coaching abilities. Terrelonge has earned the Northeast Regional Women's Assistant Coach of the Year honors as his work with UConn's sprinters and hurdlers has helped the Huskies claim the three championship titles this season. He is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at UConn and had a successful campaign as a student-athlete at the former Division III institution, Lincoln (Pa.) University.
Highsmith, along with teammate Carin Knight (New Rochelle, N.Y.), will compete at the 2008 NCAA Championships that will be held on March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark. and will be hosted by the University of Arkansas. Knight will compete in the high jump as she currently stands at 16th on the performance list in that event.