McMillian Shatters Shot Put Record as Women's Track & Field Opens 2007-08 Season



    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (December 1, 2007) - Sophomore Tynisha McMillian (Bridgeport, Conn.) broke her own school record in the shot put as the University of Connecticut women's track and field team opened the 2007-08 season at Brown University in Providence, R.I on Saturday.

    McMillian recorded a toss of 15.65m (51-04.25) as her mark was also a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Complimenting that performance was an outstanding mark in the weight throw, as she threw for a distance of 60-03.00, eclipsing the mark of All-American Bethany Hart, for third in the UConn all-time record books.

    "This was an outstanding performance by Tynisha today," said head coach Bill Morgan. "The consistency that she shows in practice definitely shined through today."

    Mandela Graves-Fulgham (Shutesbury, Mass.) added to the success of the Huskies by taking first place in the 400m dash at 56.71. Alyssa Evering (Bel Air, Md.) came in a close second at 58.92 behind Graves-Fulgham, who also posted a second place finish in the 200m dash. The winner of the 200m dash was UConn's Phylicia George (Markham, Ont.), with a winning time of 24.98.

    Freshman Leah Andrianos (East Syracuse, N.Y.) won her first indoor track event of her career as she took the top spot in the one mile run at 5:13.25. UConn's talented relay teams took first in both the 4x400m relay and the 4x800m relay with times of 3:55.11 and 9:30.51, respectively.

    Tri-captain Amanda Martin (Rowley, Mass.) came in second place in the shot put at 13.80 (45-03.55).

    The Huskies will jump back into action next weekend as they get set to compete at the URI Pentathlon, which is set to start at 11:00 a.m. on Fri., Dec. 7.