April 26, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Record-setting updates from the Penn Relays on Friday, as the University of Connecticut women’s track and field 4x200 meter relay team became the second Husky relay squad to establish a new school record this season.
The 4x100m relay team set the bar high for Connecticut relay teams, clocking 45.86 in the effort. The quartet of Chantal Scott, Taylor Anderson, Deysha Smith-Jenkins and Nyanka Joseph qualified for the ECAC Championships and took home Penn Relays Wheel and Watches after a spectacular effort.
Said Joseph, who ran the anchor leg of the triumphant relay effort, “It is always nice to see your hard work come to fruition.”
The Huskies 4x200m relay team exceeded the standard set by the 4x100m team, breaking the school record and qualifying for tomorrow’s Championship of American Final tomorrow. Before a packed stadium in Philadelphia, the combination of Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Celina Emerson, Nyanka Joseph and Taylor Anderson grabbed fourth place in Friday’s heat with a time of 1:34.55. The Huskies will look to top Texas A&M, who edged all competitors for the top qualifying time of 1:30.61.
Following suit with UConn’s strong showing in the relay events, the 4x400m squad of Celina Emerson, Tiffany Daley, Deysha Smith-Jenkins and Nyanka Joseph qualifying for Saturay’s ECAC Championships, which will take place at 5:45 pm ET in Philadelphia.
UConn’s 4x800m relay team of Emily Howard, Ana Groff, Kat Vodopia and Maggie Christe will look to carry the torch in the lengthier relay event that is slated to take place on Saturday at 4:10 pm. Groff has experience with setting UConn records and will look to contribute to another one tomorrow. She was part of the 2013 team (along with Paris Taft, Tiffany Daley and Celina Emerson) that set the 4x400m outdoor record that has been set and rest by the team this season.
The Huskies will also turn attention to Providence, R.I., where several field athletes will get a last chance tune-up before the American Athletic Conference Championship next weekend in Tampa, Fla. The field competitors will square off on Sunday. Results from the events will be posted here as they become available.