May 22, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- UConn’s women’s track and field squad will have a program high nine athletes to compete in ten events in this weekend’s NCAA Outdoor Championships First Round. The Huskies will travel to Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. with events beginning on Thursday, May 24 and concluding on Saturday, May 26. The top 12 of each event will advance to the Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on June 6.
“Coming off a good ECAC Championship meet I feel we are prepared to have success at what is the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships,” stated Head Coach Bill Morgan. “I’m very excited to see how we respond. With five All-Americans I feel confident in our expected efforts.”
The Huskies are led by senior All-American Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) who has been a constant force her entire career at Connecticut. Flowers will be competing in both the shot put and hammer throw this weekend as she is ranked 12th in the shot put and third in the hammer. In the past two meets she has collected several pieces of hardware to add to her collection with a bronze and silver at the ECAC Championships and two bronze medals at the BIG EAST Championships.
Sophomore Natasha McLaren (Stroudsburg, Pa.) will also be competing on the field this weekend as she heads to Florida in the 16th seat for the high jump after tallying back-to-back podium leaps at the ECAC and BIG EAST Championships.
All-American Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.) will be the first Husky to compete on the track this weekend as she will race in the 400m dash (ranked 14th) on Thursday. Emerson captured her first BIG EAST crown just a few weeks ago with her time of 53.17.
Senior Heather Wilson (Homer, N.Y.) and junior Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) will both compete on Thursday in the 800m run. Wilson also brought home a gold medal to Storrs following the BIG EAST Championships and enters this weekend’s event in the ninth spot and Groff is seeded 21st.
The Huskies will send two to Florida in the 5,000m run with underclassmen Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Allison Lasnicki (Canastota, N.Y.) heading onto the track seeded 18th and 32nd, respectively.
Rounding out the UConn representatives for the first round is senior Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) in the 3,000m steeplechase (ranked 28th) and sophomore Madalayne Smith (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) in the 100m hurdles in the 25th seat.
Check back to uconnhuskies.com following each day of events for final results and recaps.