DEDHAM, MA (May 10, 2002) -- In the first day of competition at the New England Outdoor Championship, the University of Connecticut womens track and field team had several point-scoring performances. With a number of athletes qualifying for finals action on Saturday, the Huskies look to defend their 2001 New England Outdoor crown.
On a day primarily with preliminary action, UConn managed to put early points on the board in the few finals that were held on Friday. Leading the way for the Huskies was junior Lisa Deskis (Broad Brook, CT), who took second in the javelin with a throw of 43.86m (14311). The 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Allison McCabe (Reading, MA), senior Nichole Tremblay (Warwick, RI), sophomore Sarah Casilli (Jamaica Plain, MA) and sophomore Kiley Margolis (Trumbull, CT) also posted an impressive performance, finishing third with a time of 9:12.45.
Other Husky point-scorers on Friday included junior Andrea Gourdine (Penfield, NY) in the long jump with an effort of 5.51m (181).
Results of the 10,000-meter run, the hammer throw and the pole vault were not available.
In preliminary action, the following athletes advanced to Saturdays finals: junior Antonia Cadore (St. Johns, Grenada) in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, freshman April Garner (Temple Hills, MD) in the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles, senior Sharmaine Abrams (Manchester, CT) in the 200-meter dash, junior Gillian Flemmings (Bridgeport, CT) in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash, sophomore Nicola Hines (Bridgeport, CT) in the 400-meter dash, junior Michelle Carter (Danbury, CT) in the 400-meter dash, junior Amanda Crichlow (Brooklyn, NY) in the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay team.
Action concludes tomorrow at Northeastern University. UConn aims to win both the New England Indoor and Outdoor Titles in the same season for the second straight year.