June 4, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women’s track and field team will send seniors Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) and Heather Wilson (Homer, N.Y.) to the 2012 Outdoor NCAA Championships this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. It is common ground for the two athletes who have compiled seven All-America honors with Victoria having three and Wilson owning four heading into Drake Stadium on Wednesday.
“It's so important that we continue to have exposure at this meet and with Victoria and Heather we're assured of an outstanding presence,” stated Head Coach Bill Morgan. “I know it's the culmination of their collegiate year but both aspire to continue at our Olympic trials in a few weeks - another step in their exceptional careers. Anticipating best performances is well within reason and when that occurs it will be interesting where they land.”
Flowers will compete in the hammer throw on Thursday, June 7 at 3 p.m. and Wilson will be running in the 800 meter semifinals on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. If Wilson reaches the finals she will race on Friday at 6:20 p.m.
Flowers, who was redshirted this indoor campaign, is a three-time All-American in the weight throw for her first three indoor seasons. Flowers has proven that she is one of the top athletes that has competed for UConn as she currently holds the school record in the hammer with her toss of 63.24 meters at the Larry Ellis Invite on April 21, 2012. She broke former bobsled Olympian and UConn great Bethany Hart’s mark of 63.09 meters.
Flowers is one of only two athletes and the only female in this year’s finals that is a native of Rhode Island as she is joined by LSU’s Michael Lauro.
Wilson excelled in the 2012 indoor campaign brining two First Team All-American titles back to Storrs with her after finishing fifth in the 800 (2:05.19) and was part of the DMR squad that captured eighth place (11:10.24). Wilson earned her first All-American nod in the 2011 indoor season with her fourth place finish in the 800 (2:05.18) for a spot on the First Team and also was a Second Team All-American as a part of the DMR team that captured 12th.
Wilson has also dotted the UConn all-time record book as she holds three best marks, including setting the 1500 meter record (4:18.14) and the 800 meter mark (2:04.55) this season en route to stamping her ticket to Des Moines.
“Heather has had an absolutely outstanding season – in fact she’s had an incredible year. She has been as steady as a rock under the most pressure filled circumstances,” stated assistant coach Andrea Grove-McDonough. “Beginning with the BIG EAST Championships where she faced three women who had all run sub 2:05 and were ranked inside the National Top 20. She came out as the Champion and carried that through the two elimination rounds at the NCAA East Region to punch her ticket to the National Championships in Des Moines.”
“As her Coach, I am excited and confident heading into the meet because I know Heather will race the way she has throughout her entire career - with poise, heart and toughness. Whatever happens I will have no doubt that she left it all out there on race day.”
“She is in a terrific position to make the finals and without question that is what we are shooting for. I’m looking forward to the competition and I know she is too. We are ready,” concluded Grove-McDonough.