May 26, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's track and field team will head to Greensboro, N.C. for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Regional Championships to be held at North Carolina A&T from May 27-May 30.
In each event, 48 student-athletes will be vying for a finish in the top-12 to qualify for the NCAA Championship to be held at the University of Oregon June 9-12.
"We have our greatest representation with 13 athletes competing in 13 different events," said head coach Bill Morgan. "After finishing as the runner-up at the 2010 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships along with a third straight championship title in the ECAC Championships, the team is putting together another outstanding season."
The Huskies who will be competing will balance the competition in events such as sprints, jumps, throws, mid-distance and relays. All these athletes have been a BIG EAST Conference or Penn Relays Champion.
Leading the way for the Huskies are five athletes competing in multiple events with Trisha-Ann Hawthorne heading the group with entry in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay. Hawthorne is ranked 14th and 17th regionally in the 100 and 200 meter dash, respectively.
Phylicia George will compete in the hurdles and the 4x100 relay as well. George and the Huskies in the relay group are coming off a title-winning weekend at the ECAC Championships. The 4x100 meter relay won the title with a time of 44.43 to break the ECAC Championship record. The Huskies 4x100 relay team barely missed breaking the school record of 44.42, which was set in 2009. The performance from the relay group moved UConn up to 12th in the nation and seventh in the region. George is ranked 20th in the hurdles.
Mandela Graves-Fulgham will also be competing for the Huskies in the relay as well as the 400 meter dash, where is she is the UConn record holder in the event. Graves-Fulgham is ranked 12th in the region in the 400 as well. Kristen Brown joins the three UConn student-athletes in the 4x100 meter relay.
Tynisha McMillian is one of five athletes that will compete in the field events as she will perform in both the shot put (51' 3") and discus (163'). All-American Victoria Flowers will also throw in the shot put (49' 7 ¾") as well as her specialty, the hammer throw (185' 11").
Carin Knight is ranked second in the region in the high jump (6' ½"), where she is a three-time All-American. Freshman Emma Crowcroft will be competing in the javelin as she is sixth in the region with a throw of 158' 3".
Freshman high jumper, Jasmine Cribb, is seventh in the region at 5' 11 ¼". Others competing for the Huskies are Leah Andrianos (2:08.74) and Heather Wilson (2:09) both in the 800 meter run. Meghan Cunningham will run in the steeplechase with her best time this season of 10:38. Whitney Holder will also compete in the long jump (20' ½") as well.
"I am excited about taking a team of 13 to this year's edition of the semi-finals of the national championships," said Morgan. "With the movement of last year's four regions into two super- regions (East/West), we are in position to advance. Last season we were seventh at this meet then advanced to Eugene. There will be no team score this year but ultimate goals are to be at our best in reaching the top-12. There is no greater feeling as a coach than to have such a well-balanced group of athletes representing UConn - our senior group has been a part of 11 conference championships- their motivations are evident - we're ready to make things happen."