STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s track & field team hosted the Northeast Challenge on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex, edging out UAlbany for the team title. The Huskies came away with the title with 156 points, topping the Great Danes with 119.
Northeastern followed in third with 83.50 points and Rhode Island in fourth with 73 points. Stony Brook (62), Southern Connecticut State (43.50), Central Connecticut (39), and AIC (10) rounded out the competition.
“We had a good day of track and field for the Huskies at our home meet,” said Head Coach JJ Clark. “Susan Aneno had a personal best time and one of the top conference times in the 400m. Aneno’s performance coupled with Kristina Cherrington just missing the school record in the 400m hurdles and Divine’s win in the shot put, things are starting to come together. I also want to congratulate and commend my seniors for their commitment and the time they gave to the program.”
The Huskies started the day off strong with first place finishes in the shot put and discus. Divine Oladipo did double duty as she walked away with two gold medals in her respective events. First, Oladipo showed her strength in the shot put with a gold medal toss of 15.39m. Following that performance, the sophomore captured first in the discus throw after posting a throw of 50.58m that beat second place by over five meters.
Connecticut continued its strong showing in the field events with a gold medal in the javelin. Thalia Ghalam won her first event as a Husky with a distance of 44.42m. Chanell Botsis (58.02m) and Amaris Blount (55.27m) placed first and second, respectively, in the hammer throw and captured 18 points for the team.
UConn was nearly unbeatable in the track events, as they won six of the 11 running events. Susan Aneno set a new personal best in the 400m dash with a time of 53.76. She clocked the second fastest time in the conference on her way to grabbing 10 points for her team and a gold medal.
Following Aneno’s performance was Katie Foley who capped off her last home meet with a win in the 800m run. The senior edged out the competition with a time of 2:11.29. Teammate Hannah Parker (2.16.76) rounded out the scoring in the event with a sixth overall finish.
Ashley Wiggins concluded her senior campaign with a first place finish as well in the 100m hurdles. Wiggins blasted through the finish line with a time of 13.93 which was fast enough to edge out second place by 0.05 seconds.
Freshman Brianna O’Brien (10:59.13) claimed first in the 3000m steeplechase for yet another gold medal.
UConn swept both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Elise Anderson, Kat Surin, Taylor Woods and Jiana Bakers earned gold in the 4x100m relay after combining for a time of 46.34. Cherrington, Surin, Foley and Aneno crossed the finish line in 3:46.53 to stand atop the podium.
The Huskies will return to action next weekend taking part in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University.