June 27, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Former UConn stars Deirdre Mullen (’05) and Trisha-Ann Hawthorne (’11) competed this weekend at their respective National Championships. Mullen placed fourth in the high jump at the USA Track and Field Nationals while Hawthorne placed fourth in her heat in the 100m prelims at the Jamaica Senior Nationals.
Mullen, competing with Nike on the national and international stage, successfully cleared 1.86m (6’ 1 ¼”). Brigetta Barrett of Arizona won the USA Championship with a top mark of 1.95m (6’ 4 ¾”).
Mullen hold’s the UConn record with five All-America titles to her name. She set the bar for the UConn high jump marks in both the indoor (1.86m, 6-1.25) and outdoor (1.88, 6-2.00) events. Mullen won the BIG EAST Championship in 2002 and 2005 (Outdoor) as well as 2003 and 2004 (Indoor).
Hawthorne competed in the prestigious 100m trials in Kingston, Jamaica and placed fourth in her heat, crossing the line at 11.70. She failed to qualify for the finals. Defending Olympic 200m Gold Medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown won the Jamaican 100m title, running 10.84 in the finals.
Hawthorne, the most decorated student-athlete in UConn track history, finished her career with 16 BIG EAST titles which ranks third all-time in BIG EAST history. She became the first athlete in BIG EAST history, men or women, to four-peat in two separate events (100m, 200m). Hawthorne earned All-America status in the 100m in 2010, placing seventh. She placed 16th in the 60m during the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn Second Team All-America honors.