May 9, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- Coming off a second place finish at the BIG EAST Championships, the University of Connecticut women’s track and field team is set to travel to Princeton, N.J., to take part in the ECAC Championships this Friday, May 10. The meet spans over the course of three days and events will finish up Sunday afternoon.
Connecticut put on an impressive show this past weekend, tallying 102.75 points, and finished 50.25 points behind victorious Notre Dame. UConn athletes posted 16 top-five finishes highlighted by the performance of five-time All-American Victoria Flowers. Flowers earned gold medals in the hammer (64.40m), which was a meet record, as well as the shot put (16.43m). Flowers, who received six league weekly awards this season, continued to show why she is one of the premier athletes in nation.
All-American Ilva Bikanova captured first in the high jump with a leap of 1.85m. The first place finish was her second overall conference crown and first outdoor title.
UConn held on to the top spot in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Northeast Rankings, scoring 639.83 points and fending off rival Cornell. The Huskies’ lead has shrunk in the past few weeks, so this week’s championship will be a crucial piece of the puzzle for Connecticut.
In last season’s ECAC Championships, Connecticut took home a second place finish, spurred by an impressive final day that nearly saw the Huskies come back to capture the crown. Heather Wilson and Lindsay Crevoiserat set the pace for the Huskies, taking home gold medals in their respective events.
The Huskies will have nearly two weeks off after this weekend’s meet, as they will get a chance to rest up for the NCAA East Regionals which are set to take place in Greensboro, N.C. on May 23.