WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Briana Conyers, Ada Udaya and David Thomas have been named the NewHavenChargers.com Student-Athletes of the Week for the week ending March 10, 2013. NewHavenChargers.com will select its Student-Athletes of the Week every Monday throughout the 2012-13 academic year.
This week marks the first time that NewHavenChargers.com has chosen a trio student-athletes to share the weekly award after all three earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Birmingham, Ala.
Appearing at her first NCAA Championship meet, Briana Conyers (Derby, Conn./Hill Regional Career) broke her previous UNH record with a leap of 12.34 meters in the triple jump. Her mark merited a fifth-place finish and All-America status.
Ada Udaya (West Haven, Conn./West Haven) was among the best in Division II in a pair of sprints. In the 60-meter dash, she broke her own New Haven record with a preliminary time of 7.36 seconds on Friday evening. In Saturday’s final heat, Udaya finished third with an All-America time of 7.437 seconds. She also turned in a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.08 seconds.
Conyers and Udaya combined for 13 points, landing the Chargers in a tie for 16th place out of 52 scoring teams and 80 participating squads overall at the meet.
David Thomas (Taneytown, Md./Frostburg State) represented the New Haven men’s team in two events. He earned All-America laurels in the long jump, qualifying for the finals and placing seventh overall with a top distance of 7.33 meters.
Though he did not qualify for the finals of the 60-meter dash, Thomas improved on his program record with a time of 6.83 seconds in the sprint to finish in 11th place. He entered the weekend as the 19th-seeded qualifier in the event.
Thomas’ two points in the long jump landed the Chargers in a tie for 40th-place out of 49 scoring teams and 69 competing programs overall.