April 30, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- After finishing the regular season atop the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Northeast Region ranking, the University of Connecticut women’s track and field team is prepared to travel to Rutgers University to take part in the BIG EAST Championships this Friday, May 3rd. Events will take place all day Friday and continue through Sunday afternoon.
In her final season at Connecticut, senior Victoria Flowers earned her final BIG EAST Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week award after turning in a dominating performance at the Penn Relays. Flowers won the hammer throw with an impressive toss of 64.20m and set a school record with a 16.20m shot put toss. She holds the top spot in the BIG EAST in the hammer throw and sits in third place in the shot put.
Flowers wasn’t the only Husky that enjoyed success at the last weekend, as UConn churned out seven first place finishes at the Brown Springtime open. All-American Ilva Bikanova posted a leap of 1.83m in the high jump, which earned her the top spot. Her mark is currently ninth in the nation. Brigitte Mania and Katherine Vodopia captured first place finishes in the 400m and 800m, respectively.
Last season at the BIG EAST Championships, the Huskies finished ninth, led by performances from Celina Emerson and Heather Wilson. Emerson took home a first place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 53.17, while Wilson was able to cross the finish line in first in the 800m run in 2:04.55. Flowers took third place in both the hammer throw and shot put.
Connecticut’s fantastic season earned them 663.68 points in the USTFCCCA Northeast rankings, nearly 100 points ahead of #2 Cornell (570.59). One of the main reasons for UConn’s success this outdoor season has been the competitive balance between the athletes on the track and on the field. The Huskies have been able to rely on their teammates in both events, and have amassed victories in a variety of events.
The Huskies will have a week off after the conference championship to prepare for the ECAC Championships, which will be held in Princeton, N.J. next Friday, May 10th.