April 24, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women's track and field team will travel to Philadelphia, P.A., this Thursday to take place in the 119th annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Events will commence all-day Thursday and will end on Saturday, April 27th. The team will also send individuals to the Brown Invite in Providence, R.I., this Sunday, April 28th in what will be the final regular season event of the year. In the most recent USTFCCCA NCAA Division I rankings, the Huskies held onto their top-spot in the Northeast Region, tallying a total of 679.75 points and maintaining a comfortable lead over #2 ranked Cornell (559.71).
Most recently, Connecticut grabbed 17 top-five finishes in the Princeton Invite, including five victories. Five-time All-American Victoria Flowers flourished, breaking her own school record in the hammer throw, with a toss of 64.78m. Flowers also claimed the top spot in the shot put, finishing with a throw of 16.03m. On the track, senior Brigitte Mania captured first in the 1500m run (4:26.56), and freshman Julia Zrinyi won the 800m run with a time of 2:10.06.
Last season at the Penn Relays, the Huskies earned two top-five finishes, led by then-senior Heather Wilson. Wilson concluded the mile in fifth after crossing the finish line in 4:40.92. In the College Women's High Jump Championship All-American Natasha McLaren finished fifth with a leap of 1.80m (5-10.75).
Much like last year, the Penn Relays will provide UConn with a chance to compete against the best athletes in the world, and prepare underclassmen for the BIG EAST Championships next Friday, May 3rd in Piscataway, N.J.
Check back to uconnhuskies.com on Saturday for full recap and results from Penn Relays.