April 17, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team will head to Princeton, N.J., to take place in the Princeton Invite this Saturday, April 20th.
The Huskies were last in action this past weekend at the Tennessee Sea Ray Relays. At the event, the relay teams enjoyed a successful day, with the 4X100 team consisting of Deysha Smith-Jenkins (Milwaukee, Wisc.), Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.), Cornieta Anderson (Waterbury, Conn.) and Sarah Bowens (Hillburn, N.Y.) taking first place with a time of 45.82. The 4X400 Relay team made up of Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.), Emerson, Smith-Jenkins and Paris Taft (New Haven, Conn.) also grabbed a top-five finish, taking second with a time of 3:39.85.
Emerson not only excelled as part of the relay squad, but also impressed coaches with her individual performance. She took third in the 400 meter showcase, finishing with a time of 54.25. The three-time All-American continues to churn out stellar performances in her junior year to provide this team with a consistent threat.
The Huskies also sent team members to the UMass Invitational, where senior Victoria Flowers led the charge for Connecticut, posting first place finishes in the shot put and hammer throw. The five-time All-American’s hammer throw (62.36m) holds the top spot in the BIG EAST and the 13th spot nationally. Flowers was named the BIG EAST Field Athlete of the week, which marks the fifth time in the 2012-13 season that she has received the honor.
In the most recent USTFCCCA NCAA Division I rankings, Connecticut holds the top spot in the Northeast region, edging out number two Cornell. The Huskies earned a score of 650.45 to claim the top ranking.
The Huskies have two more events on tap before the BIG EAST Championships take place in the first week of May. Next up, the team will travel to Philadelphia, P.A., on Thursday to take place in the three-day Penn Relays before finishing up the regular season at the Brown Invite on April 28th.