April 5, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The UConn women’s track and field team is hosting its only event of the 2013 outdoor season on Saturday when they welcome four teams to the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex for the UConn Invite. The meet is slated to kick off at 12:30 p.m. The Huskies will honor 10 seniors following the meet for senior day, including All-Americans Ilva Bikanova, Victoria Flowers, Ana Groff and Shauna McNiff.
It is free admission to attend Saturday’s UConn Invite in Storrs. Check back to uconnhuskies.com following the events for a full recap and results.
The following seniors will be honored following the last event:
Jeanne Theleen competed with both the UConn cross country and track and field teams in her tenure at UConn. She was a member of the cross country squad which made a trip to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history and earned its highest ranking ever.
Kim Moran has been a member of the UConn cross country and track & field programs four for years. A top-seven runner, she helped the cross country team reach its first ever NCAA Championship and best ranking in program history.
Allison Cooper has been a part of the cross country and track and field teams while at Connecticut. She was a member of the cross country squad which made a trip to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history and earned its highest ranking ever.
A 2011 captain, Cornieta Anderson has been a member of the UConn women’s track and field team for four years. A two-time New England qualifier, Anderson’s top finishes came in the 200m at the Larry Ellis and Brown Invitationals as a sophomore and junior where she took second at both meets.
Jasmine Cribb posted a strong senior indoor campaign to cap off a solid career as a UConn Husky. She claimed the New England high jump crown with a leap of 1.80M and finished fifth in the high jump at the ECACs. She totaled three trips to the podium at the New Englands during her tenure with second place finishes in the indoor high jump as a freshman and sophomore and took second at the outdoor ECACs as a freshman.
A 2013 captain, Brittany Power was a solid leader for the Huskies in her senior indoor campaign where she finished fifth in the triple jump at both the BIG EAST and New England Championships, while taking fourth at the ECAC Championships. In her sophomore season, Power took third at the indoor New England Championships.
Ana Groff has had an illustrious career and owns several pieces of hardware after being crowned a BIG EAST Champion, ECAC Champion and is a five-time New England Champ. In her final indoor campaign with the Huskies, Groff added a Second Team All-American honor to her resume following the Distance Medley Relay’s 12th place finish at the 2013 Indoor NCAA Championship.
Groff has inked her name in the UConn record book as she was a member of the 2012 indoor and outdoor record setting 4x400 meter relay squads.
In her freshman campaign, Groff captured the New England Championship titles in the DMR, 4x400 meter relay and the 500 meter dash. She returned to the regional meet a year later and took first in the 500m dash which was the second fastest time in New England history, while also setting the New England Championship record in the 4x400m relay’s first place finish.
Ilva Bikanova has played a prominent role in the success of the UConn women’s track and field team bringing two Second Team All-America honors back to Storrs and capturing the 2012 indoor BIG EAST high jump crown.
Bikanova claimed her first All-American title at the 2011 Outdoor NCAA Championships where she finished 14th in the nation. Her second All-American honor came during the 2012 indoor season following 11th place in the high jump.
In addition to her BIG EAST high jump crown, Bikanova placed first at the 2013 indoor ECAC Championships and the 2011 outdoor ECAC Championships.
Shauna McNiff has had a tremendous career for the UConn women’s track and field team and won the BIG EAST indoor championship this past winter in the 5,000-meter run. As a junior in 2012, she won the 3,000-meter run at the ECAC indoor championships and was sixth in the mile at the BIG EAST indoor championship. Her freshman year, McNiff was part of the distance medley relay team that won the New England indoor championship.
McNiff was also a member of the cross country team and was part of a memorable run this past fall as the Huskies placed eighth at the NCAA Championship –the highest finish in program history. She was the fourth Husky to score in the NCAA meet and finished 18th overall at the NCAA Northeast Regional as UConn earned a spot with a second-place finish.
Victoria Flowers has made her mark on the UConn women’s track and field record book throughout her four-year career at Connecticut. The Providence, R.I. native currently holds three UConn all-time records and is a five-time All-America in the weight throw and hammer.
This past winter she earned Second Team All-American honors after finishing tenth in the NCAA Championships. She won the weight throw title at the BIG EAST, New England and ECAC championships while also winning the shot put at the New Englands and ECACs. She finished second in the shot put at the BIG EAST Championship this past winter.
Flowers earned her first outdoor All-American honors in the spring of ‘12, when she finished 15th in the hammer throw at the NCAAs for a place on the Second Team. She finished third in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship in both the shot put and hammer throw. In her junior indoor year of 2010-11 she was fourth at the NCAAs in the weight throw to earn First Team All-America honors.
In 2009-10, she was second at the NCAA Indoor Championship to earn All-America honors in the weight throw and at the BIG EAST Championship she was third in the weight throw and fourth in the shot put.