April 29, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The American Athletic Conference selected UConn freshman sprinter Taylor Anderson (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) as the Track Athlete of the Week in awards announced Tuesday. Anderson spearheaded an exceptional UConn relay effort at the prestigious Penn Relays this past weekend in Philadelphia, leading the 4x200m team to a pair of record times.
On Friday, the freshman ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay team to help the squad capture first in the ECAC division with a time of 45.86.
In the 4x200m heats, Anderson anchored the foursome that recorded a new school record time of 1:34.55 on Friday afternoon to qualify for Saturday's Championship of America. Anderson and the squad then turned and delivered another record-setting performance in the finals to capture fifth place. Anderson raced the fourth and final leg to bring the Huskies across the finish line with a time of 1:33.38, shaving over a second off of the previous day's new school best.
The 4x200m relay team is the second UConn relay squad to set and reset a school outdoor relay record this season. The 4x400m team of Celina Emerson, Tiffaney Daley, Nyanka Joseph and Deysha Smith-Jenkins opened the outdoor season by lowering the Connecticut standard to 3:36.35 at the FSU Relays in Tallahassee. Just over two weeks later, Faith Dismuke substituted for Tiffany Daley resulting to produce even better result with a time of 3:35.04 at the Sea Ray Relays in Tennessee.
As an individual, Anderson has posted a solid outdoor season in her first year donning the Husky uniform. Her time of 11.64 seconds in the 100m currently ranks seventh in the conference and her 200m time of 23.77 sits at fifth place headed into the American Athletic Conference Championships this upcoming weekend.
"Taylor has been steadily improving in her first full year of track and field," interim head coach Clive Terrelonge remarked. "In high school she played basketball and ran outdoor track, so this is her full year of track and she has been handling it well. She is still learning a lot but I am proud of what she has accomplished so far. Now it's on to championship season and I know she going to continue her upward mobility to finish off her freshman year!"
Anderson and the Huskies will look to continue the record-breaking effort when the squad travels to Tampa, Fla. for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship May 2-4. The team captured second place in the 2014 Indoor Championship.