May 14, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team will compete for the program’s sixth outdoor and eleventh overall ECAC Championship this weekend in New Jersey. Events begin at Princeton University on Friday, May 16 and continue through Sunday, May 18. A complete schedule of events has been posted above. Results will be available through Lancer Timing Services, which can be reached by following THIS LINK.
No program has been more dominant at the ECAC Championships over the last seven years than Connecticut. The Huskies have won five of the last six outdoor titles, six of the last eight indoor crowns and swept both titles on four occasions. A win this weekend would give UConn its sixth ECAC Outdoor title and would mark the fifth time UConn swept both seasons, as the Huskies were once again top dog at the 2014 Indoor Championship in March. A sixth ECAC Outdoor title would also tie Penn State for the second-most in meet history. George Mason owns the most first place finishes in ECAC history with nine team wins, but the squad has not won a title in either indoor or outdoor since the turn of the century (won both in 1999).
The Huskies enter the championship well rested, using an off-week to train and refocus after a solid showing at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship in Tampa, Florida two weeks ago (May 2-4). Brigitte Mania proved that she needed no such rest that weekend, as she claimed the 800m run and 1500m run titles with just 45 minutes between events for a well-deserved Most Outstanding Track Performer Award. Her times of 2:06.70 and 4:25.45 in the 800 and 1,500, respectively, both bested her original top qualifying times from the previous day’s preliminary heats. Both results easily met the criteria for qualification at this weekend’s ECAC Championships and rank in the top-30 in NCAA Division I East.
Faith Dismuke finished right on her heels in the 800m with a time of 2:06.90 for third place and a qualifying score for this weekend's action.
Mania was one of several Huskies to shine in last year’s ECAC Outdoor Championship, taking home second place in the 800m with a time of 2:05.53. Teammate Celina Emerson took home third in the 400m dash in last year’s competition, crossing the line at the 53.12 marker.
Last year’s 4x400m squad of Emerson, Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Tiffany Daley and Paris Taft took third place with a time of 3:37.61 in what was, at the time, a new school record. This year’s quartet of various combinations has already reset the school record three times, most recently with the combination of Emerson, Faith Dismuke, Smith-Jenkins and Nyanka Joseph racing to a silver medal at The American Championships in 3:32.83. The marker represents the fifth-best time on the NCAA Division I East performance list.
Connecticut will look to continue its dominance in the distance events, with Lauren Sara and Emily Durgin both posting qualifying scores in the 5,000m and 10,000m runs in Tampa two weeks ago. Durgin took second in the 10,000m and Sarah ran to fourth place in the 5,000m at The American Championships.
UConn enters the weekend ranked No. 2 in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional rankings.