March 29, 2012
STORRS, Conn.-After a strong winter, the UConn women’s track and field team enters the 2012 outdoor season with high expectations. This weekend, the Huskies travel to the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. The two day event, in which 61 women’s teams will compete, will be hosted by North Carolina State University. Connecticut will also be hosting the UConn Spring Invite in Storrs, Conn. on Saturday.
The Huskies are coming off of an impressive indoor season, which saw them finish twenty-fifth in the nation, as well as second in the BIG EAST Championships and first at the New England Championships.
Talent will not be a problem for UConn, as seven huskies earned All-American honors during the indoor season. Senior Heather Wilson (Homer, N.Y.) placed fifth nationally in the 800m. Also on the track, Wilson, junior Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.), sophomore Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) and freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) were recognized as All-Americans, as the Husky DMR Team finished eighth in the nation.
UConn will welcome the additions of sophomore Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.) and senior Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.). Last season, Sara was an ECAC, BIG EAST, and National distance qualifier and Cunningham was the BIG EAST Champion in the 3,000m steeplechase.
The Huskies will be strong in the field as well. Two indoor All-American high jumpers, sophomore Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) and junior Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) will be returning for UConn. Bikanova was also the lone Husky who earned outdoor All American last season. Connecticut welcomes back the highly decorated thrower Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.), who is a three-time indoor All-American in the weight throw
Loaded with talent and potential, the Huskies begin their outdoor season this weekend at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. and at home at the UConn Spring Invite.