PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Connecticut women’s indoor track and field team won its fourth ECAC Championship title in the last five years in the meet held March 5-6 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass. Four other BIG EAST teams also competed, including Villanova, Pittsburgh, St. John’s and Rutgers.
The Huskies claimed the ECAC Title for the fourth time in five years with 96.5 points, 40 points ahead of second-place Cornell. Junior All-American Victoria Flowers won both the shot put and the weight throw en route to being named the Athlete of the Meet. Flowers had a toss of 15.54 meters in the shot put to take the individual crown, while notching a distance of 19.90 meters to win the weight throw. All-American classmate Trisha-Ann Hawthorne followed her wins in the 60-meter and 200-meter events at the BIG EAST Championships with a win in the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Kristen Brown defended her title in the long jump.
Villanova placed 17th with 17 points. Senior Ashlyn Llerandi won the pole vault after clearing a height of 4.00 meters, matching her best mark of the season. She is the first Villanova athlete to win an indoor ECAC title since Yolanda Malcom won the 60-meter hurdles in 2003. Llerandi is also just the second Wildcat ever to win an indoor ECAC title in a field event, joining Marlena Robinson, who won the triple jump in 2001. Freshman Samantha Yeats impressed in her first career ECAC meet and placed third in the high jump with a height of 1.73 meters.
Pittsburgh finished tied for 26th with nine points. The Panthers had five top-15 finishers, including sophomore Ashley Woodford and junior Cambrya Jones, who finished third and sixth respectively in the 60-meter dash.
BIG EAST Team Results
1. Connecticut – 96.5
17. Villanova - 17
26. Pittsburgh - 9
30. St. John’s – 8
40. Rutgers – 4