May 3, 2012
Storrs, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team will travel to Tampa, Florida to compete in the 2012 Outdoor BIG EAST Championships. The meet will be held at the University of South Florida with events beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday May, 4th and will continue until 3:00 pm on Sunday May, 6th. The Huskies will look to overcome the Louisville Cardinals who have claimed the title the last four consecutive years.
Excited about the upcoming meet, Head Coach Bill Morgan commented on the events saying, “We head to the BIG EAST Championship faced with our greatest challenge – I would anticipate and expect everyone to have their best performances to date.”
This year the Huskies have looked to their four All-Americans to lead the team and will need strong performances across the board to come out on top.
In the field events, UConn will depend upon outstanding performances from both All-Americans senior Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) and sophomore Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.). Flowers has had a great season so far setting a school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 207' 6". Mclaren, just a sophomore, has also had an impressive season with a recent fifth place finish at the Penn Relays jumping 1.80m.
For the running events the team will look to All-Americans senior Heather Wilson (Homer, N.Y.) and Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.). Wilson has dominated the 800m this year and was able to grab fifth place in the Olympic Development Women's Mile Run last weekend at the Penn Relays, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:40.92. Emerson is coming off a recent second place finish at the Princeton Invite, where she ran the 400m in 53.75s.
Also looking to finish the season strong are the likes of freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.), who will be competing in the 5000m and senior Megan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) who will look to place among the top spots in the BIG EAST in the Steeplechase competition.
Other notable athletes to watch for this weekend will be the likes of senior Courtney Dinnan (Hamden, Conn.) who finished in third place with a time of 4:35.69 in the 1500m at the Penn relays. Also, Senior Shelby Donahue (Griswold, Conn.) came in fourth with a time of 4:36.22 in the 1500m at the Penn Relays and junior Allison Cooper (Portland, CT) placed fifth respectively, with a time of 4:37.08.
“The travel group is getting a bit more defined as standards to enter are becoming more difficult and will continue to taper to the most elite athletes as the Olympic Trials appear. To see how each individual responds to this championship segment is the question – it becomes a personal thing for each to answer,” Coach Morgan declared, hoping the team will respond with its performance this weekend.
The Huskies will need All- American performances from the whole team in hopes of finally capturing the crown this year, which Coach Morgan thinks is entirely possible. “I am hopeful and anticipating positive results when the meet becomes history late Sunday.”