March 21, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- As the outdoor season for the UConn Women’s track and field team looms on the horizon, let’s look back on the 2012 indoor campaign. The Huskies preformed well throughout the season, capturing the top overall spot at the New England Championships and placing third overall at the BIG EAST Championships.
Two weekends ago seven members of the team traveled to Boise, Idaho for the NCAA Championships. Through their efforts, these Huskies gave UConn its highest finish in school history, placing 21st overall with 11 points, second amongst BIG EAST teams.
“Entering the outdoor season, the significance of what we achieved during the indoor campaign is fresh in our minds. A group of six athletes participated at Nationals returning home with six First Team All-American titles and one Second Team title, the highest total in program history, back-to-back national team rankings, another first,” Head Coach Bill Morgan stated.
Capping off her impressive season, senior Heather Wilson placed fifth in the 800 meter (2:05.19), earning her First Team All-American honors in the event. Wilson was joined by junior Brigitte Mania, sophomore Celina Emerson, and freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat on the Distance Medley Relay team, which placed eighth (11:10.24). Because of their strong performance, members of UConn’s DMR team where each awarded a First Team spot.
UConn was also strong in the field as two Huskies were recognized as All-Americans. Sophomore Natasha McLaren’s leap of 5-11¼” earned her third place and a First Team spot, while junior Ilva Bikanova took eleventh (5-8¾”) and was given Second Team honors.
Their success at the National Champions capped off an impressive indoor season, both individually and collectively. Personal and school records were broken and the Huskies earned many top finishes, including strong performances at the New England Championships, the BIG EAST Championships, and the ECAC Championships.
“We simply reset our attention to an outdoor format where three-time All-American Victoria Flowers will start the season with the hammer at the Monmouth Invite this Friday. The team will split the following week with a home opener and representation at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina,” Morgan added.
Going into the 2012 outdoor season, UConn welcomes back three-time All-American senior Victoria Flowers. Flowers, the current UConn record holder in the weight throw, placed fourth in the event (22.24m) last year at the NCAA Championships last March. With the addition of Flowers, the Huskies hope to build off of their excellent indoor season and continue their success outdoors. UConn opens up action this weekend at the Monmouth Invite in West Long Beach, N.J. March 23.
“With the addition of Victoria, NCAA distance qualifier Lauren Sara, and steeplechase expert Meghan Cunningham we add a few more answers to our competition. The outdoor comes up quick but with 7 All Americans on the roster we would hope for an exciting path to Nationals in Des Moines,” concluded Morgan.
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