June 13, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Connecticut’s 4x400m relay team was unable to qualify for the final round of the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Thursday evening, but it earned the first All-American recognition in school history for the 4x400m.
The Husky quartet, led by senior runner and three-time All-American Celina Emerson, captured Second-Team All-American honors after finishing in 12th place with a final time of 3:34.89. The record-setting achievement follows an outstanding season for the relay team that saw the foursome break the school’s time record twice.
The order of the relay was senior Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.), junior Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.), sophomore Deysha Smith-Jenkins (Milwaukee, Wisc.), and junior Nyanka Joseph (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Senior Tiffany Daley (Northborough, Mass.) also took the trip to the west coast, serving as a back-up runner if an injury occurred.
Emerson was the only Husky to compete in two events at the NCAA Championships, as she also qualified for the 400m dash at the NCAA East Regional in late May. After finishing in 17th place (53.10) on Wednesday evening in Oregon, Emerson received an Honorable Mention, but was unable to capture the school’s first-ever All-American honors in the 400m dash.
“This was a great season that put our sprinters and relay team as some of the best in the nation,” said women’s track and field interim head coach Clive Terrelonge. “It has been a very long and rewarding season for this relay team that has set six indoor and outdoor program records.”
Terrelonge added, “I am so proud of them and the tremendous physical and mental toughness they’ve shown all season. I look forward to them coming back to Oregon next year and being on the podium!”
Results from the NCAA Track and Field Championship can be found using the link above.