WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Three members of the University of New Haven women’s track and field team will compete for national championships this week. Sprinter Ada Udaya and triple jumpers Briana Conyers and Tiara Mitchell left Tuesday morning for the Division II games in Indianapolis.
They hope to come back with the answer to the question “who’s the best?”
“I am,” Udaya said laughing.
Running, jumping, and playing in the sand has brought years of success and lots of smiles to the faces of these Chargers. They know what it takes to win at the highest level of Division II.
All three have competed at nationals before. West Haven’s Udaya and Conyers have made the trip multiple times, indoor and out.
“This is my eighth time going and I’ve learned a lot of lessons,” said Conyers. “Now it’s time to pull everything together. It takes experience and hard work.”
Udaya’s best finish was second place. She will compete in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. The All-American is coming off the fastest 200 time in D-II this season.
“How I approach practice and meets is, it’s go time, you’re all in it or you’re not,” said Udaya.
Conyers and Mitchell will be a hop, skip, and a jump away trying to a win a title in the triple jump. They finished one and two at the Northeast 10 Championships. Conyers won the event with a jump of 12.24 meters.
“Don’t doubt yourself when you get there. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Do what you know you can do and a little bit more. You have no idea what you’re capable of,” said Conyers.
“I go every time to win it. I just set my goals higher and higher. It’s not about winning, it’s about bettering my mark,” said Mitchell.
The event starts with the preliminaries on Thursday.