Riverhead track star leaps to UConn on full athletic scholarship

02/01/2012 9:11 AM |

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Melodee Riley won state titles in the long jump and triple jump last spring.

Last year, Riverhead junior Melodee Riley took the state track and field world by storm, winning three state titles and posting one of the top triple jump distances in the nation.

Next year, she’ll leap her way to the University of Connecticut.

The Riverhead track star will sign a letter of intent Thursday morning to attend the Big East power on a full athletic scholarship.

Riley set a Riverhead school record in the triple jump at last year’s Section XI championship with a mark of 41 feet 3 1/2 inches. The school record she broke was none other than her own.

She then won both the long jump (18-9 3/4) and triple jump (39-9) at the Division I state championships last year, before also capturing a federation title in the triple jump.

Her performance earned her a spot at the national championships last year.

She’ll join fellow Blue Wave triple jumper Treval Hatcher at UConn.

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