April 11, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team will compete at the Tennessee Relays presented by Sea Ray this weekend in Knoxville. Events began with the 10,000m runs on Thursday, but the Huskies will begin competition today and wrap up tomorrow evening, April 12. A complete schedule of events is posted above.
UConn received big performances from junior Saija Bikanova and sophomore Deysha Smith-Jenkins last weekend, as the squad hosted UMass, Rhode Island and Boston College at the UConn Invitational. Bikanova accounted for 29 of UConn's points in individual events and helped grab another nine as the anchor leg on the top-finishing 4x400 meter relay team. She captured the high jump with a leap of 1.668M (5-06.00), the shot put with a heave of 12.94m (42-05.50). Bikanova also added a bronze medal to her day with a time of 14.71 in the 100 meter hurdles behind Chantal Scott's second place (14.48) effort. The junior also placed seventh in the javelin before locking up first place for the 4x400m relay with teammates Tiffany Daley, Nyanka Joseph and Deysha Smith-Jenkins.
Smith-Jenkins also had herself a day on Saturday, winning the 200m dash in 24.14 and finishing as the second runner but first collegiate athlete in the 100m dash with a time of 11.79 seconds. Former UConn great Trisha-Ann Hawthorne claimed first in 11.34. Her efforts helped Connecticut sweep both relay events, running the third leg on the winning 4x100 meter team with Chantal Scott, Taylor Anderson and Nyanka Joseph. The quartet posted a time of 47.01 to lock up first place. She concluded the day by anchoring the 4x400m team to a gold medal in 3:51.12.
Senior Celina Emerson’s time of 53.09 in the 400m still ranks as one of the top performances in Division I, coming in at number 15 among the NCAA’s best times. The 4x400m squad of Emerson, Smith-Jenkins, Paris Taft and Faith Dismuke also posted a nation-leading time at the FSU Relays. Their time of 3:36.35, which broke the school record, currently ranks 22nd in Division I.
Check back to uconnhuskies.com for results as soon as they become available.