Women's track and field take ECAC's
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 00:03
The UConn women’s track and field team continued its dominant 2013 indoor season, finishing first at this weekend’s ECAC Championships. Held in Boston, Mass., the meet featured over 80 teams from the east coast. The Huskies finished with 60.5 points as a team.
The team was once again led by All-American senior thrower Victoria Flowers, who captured the gold medal in both the weight throw and the shot put. Flowers, who will compete in the national championships next weekend, is currently ranked No. 10 nationally. The top 16 athletes in each event are invited to participate in the national championships.
One performance that stood out this weekend was the 4x400m relay team’s fifth place finish. The team – which consists of Celina Emerson, Deysha Smith-Jenkins, Tiffany Daley and Paris Taft – broke the school record in the event, finishing the race in 3:39.71. Although they were not able to qualify for the national championships, Coach Bill Morgan was happy with the way they ended their season.
“I am very optimistic in their future,” Morgan said. “I am really looking for them to develop.”
The ECAC Championships marked the end of the indoor season for most of the athletes on the team. Morgan was proud of the way his team’s season went, both on and off the track. The team received many honors, including being named an All-Academic team for maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The team has also been highly involved in community service work throughout the season.
“With a high degree of presence at the national championships, it’s easy to see their value and presence in representing UConn, they really are taking care of business,” Morgan said.