April 30, 2014
Live Coverage on the American Digital Network:
STORRS, Conn. – UConn women’s track and field will set its sights on capturing the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship this weekend in Tampa, Florida. Competition opens at the USF Track & Field Stadium on Friday afternoon with the hammer throw at 12:00 p.m. ET on May 2. On Saturday events resume at 12:30 p.m. ET with the javelin throw. Field events start off the final day of competition on Sunday with the pole vault at 10:00 a.m. ET on May 4. The Championship will conclude with the 4x400m relay at 2:15 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony.
All events will be streamed live over the American Digital Network, with watch links provided above. Additional information can be found by visiting The American Championship Central, also posted above, or on social media by following the twitter handle @American_Champs and using the hashtag #AmericanOTF. Live results will be tweeted and posted to the webpage linked above.
The Huskies enter weekend competition after earning second place at the 2014 conference indoor championship, paced by an exceptional individual effort by sophomore Emily Durgin. Durgin captured the 3,000m and 5,000m runs before anchoring the Distance Medley Relay team to a first-place finish to cap the indoor season and earn Most Outstanding Performer.
Connecticut enters the weekend with strong momentum after a record-setting campaign at the Penn Relays last weekend in Philadelphia. The 4x100m relay squad of Chantal Scott, Taylor Andreson, Deysha Smith-Jenkins and Nyanka Joseph clocked 45.86 en route to winning the ECAC Championships.
In the 4x200m heats, Taylor 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.
“It has been a tremendous year growth and perseverance for all our athletes,” remarked interim head coach Clive Terrelonge. “They’re all looking forward to making history by winning the first-ever outdoor American Athletic Conference Championship. Being so close to winning the indoor championship is an added motivation for all of us going after this title. We should have some outstanding performance in all event areas which is very exciting for our athletes and the coaching staff. This weekend history will be made and I think we have the team to pull it off.”