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UMass women's track and field alumna Jen (Waeger) St. Jean '96 has been in action the World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships in Lyon, France, this week, running in the Women's 40 section of the 1500m run.

In Wednesday's preliminaries, St. Jean blew away the field, running the event in 4 minutes, 41.43 seconds, nearly 10 seconds faster than the next closest runner. 

Then in today's final, St. Jean claimed Silver in the event with a time of 4 minutes, 37.08 seconds, just shy of Great Britain's Louise Rudd's winning time of 4:36.70.

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza has a recap of UMass Track & Field's Pre-Conference meet this past weekend, which saw the Minutewomen take first and the Minutemen place third.

Read: UMass women's track and field takes first place at Pre-Conference meet

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza has a preview of UMass track & field's Pre-Conference Meet at the UMass Track & Field Complex this weekend. Prior to the start of the meet, there will be a Senior Day ceremony and a dedication of the brand new scoreboard.

Read: With Atlantic 10s looming, UMass hosts its Pre-Conference meet

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza has a recap of UMass track and field's action from over the weekend at the Holy Cross Invitational, where the Minutemen earned a third place finish out of seven teams and the Minutewomen placed second out of seven.

Read: UMass track and field sees strong showing at Holy Cross Invitational

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza has a recap of the men's and women's track and field teams' home meet last Saturday, the Minuteman Invitational. The day's action saw the men take second of nine and the women place third among nine squads.

Read: UMass men's track and field finishes second, women finish third at Minuteman Invitational

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza recaps the UMass track and field action from this past weekend as the Minutewomen hosted Boston College and Rhode Island, while the Minutemen traveled to both Princeton and AIC.

READ: UMass track and field gains confidence amid improved outdoor conditions

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza takes a closer look at the three meets that the track and field programs will have athletes competing in this weekend as the Minutewomen expect to have back several athletes who are coming off injuries. On the men's side, several distance runners will be in action in Princeton, N.J., on Friday night, while others will run in the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday at AIC.

Read: UMass women's track and field opens at home while Minutemen hit the road to start the season

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza has a preview of track and field's meets this weekend as both squads will open the outdoor portions of their schedules this Friday. The Minutewomen are slated to host Boston College and Rhode Island, while the Minutemen will send competitors both to Princeton and to AIC this Friday and Saturday.

Read: Outdoor season generates excitement for men's, women's track and field

UMass women's track and field senior Courtney Kromko received a nod in her hometown paper today following her performance at the Atlantic 10 Championship where she was named Most Outstanding Field Performer over the weekend.

Read: LOCAL CONNECTIONS: Kromko shines for UMass at A-10 Championships

In the Daily Collegian today, Nick Souza has a recap from the Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championships that took place this past weekend in Kingston, R.I., where the Minutewomen finished fourth and the Minutemen took sixth.

Read: UMass women place fourth at Atlantic 10s, men finish in the middle of the pack

In today's special spring sports issue of the Daily Collegian, Adam Aucoin has a feature on standout women's track and field sophomore Heather MacLean.

Read: Inspired by a family connection, Heather MacLean continues to thrive on the track

In the Boston Globe Magazine this week, Shira Springer has a "First Person" account from UMass women's track and field alum Lisa Wilson and her upcoming participation in the U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston at the end of February.

Read: Weight thrower Lisa Wilson looks forward to hometown support

In today's Daily Collegian, Nick Souza has a recap of women's track and field sophomore Heather MacLean's trip to the Tyson Invitational and her pursuit to make the cut for the NCAA meet.

Heather MacLean finishes fifth at Tyson Invitational

UMass women's track and field sophomore Heather MacLean received some attention for her outstanding start to the indoor track and field season in the Salem News last week. MacLean has set both program records in the 1000m and the 800m thus far this season.

Read: Peabody native MacLean sets more records at UMass

In today's Daily Collegian, Adam Aucoin has a recap of women's track and field's trip to the Joe Donahue Indoor Games last weekend, which were highlighted by standout performances from Rachel Hilliard and Heather MacLean.

Read: Rachel Hilliard, Heather MacLean highlight solid performance from UMass women's track and field

Marc Jean-Louis of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the men's cross country team's performance at the New England Championship meet last week in Boston at Franklin Park.

Following her sixth-place finish in the 800 meter run at USATF Junior Nationals, rising sophomore Heather MacLean spoke with Jean DePlacido of the Salem News for this piece:

Read: Trio of local track standouts earn Junior All-America status at Track Nationals

We hope you enjoyed our coaches sharing some of their favorite motivational quotes this week as part of #UMassCoachQuotes. We'll have another round of those coming next week as well. For now, let's look back at what our coaches submitted this past week.

Good luck to former UMass women's track & field standout thrower Lisa Wilson as she competes at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships today. Her event, the hammer throw, begins at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

A live video stream is available here and live results here.

Boston Globe: Bigelow blooms as a hurdler at UMass

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"Like his father, Stephen Bigelow was a late bloomer athletically.

Bob Bigelow (Winchester High, class of '71) played four years in the National Basketball Association after being drafted 13th overall out of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.

His youngest son capped his hurdling career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by being named the school's 2014 male spring scholar-athlete.

It was a startling turnaround from four years earlier.

"Stephen tried out for the team as a walk-on his freshman year and was cut," said David Jackson , who is in his fifth year as an assistant track coach at UMass. "He was a pretty good all-around athlete . . . but in high school he ran track as a training process for soccer.

Jackson added: "But he came back the next year a lot more determined . . . over the three years he competed for us he grew significantly. He dropped almost a full second off his competing time. In a sprinting event of 110 meters to drop almost a full second off of your hurdle time is pretty significant."

Read more: Bigelow blooms as a hurdler at UMass

"Holbrook native Katie Powers is breaking records on the UMass 4x800m relay team, and helping the quartet to be best in New England.

"Katie has been amazing at our track workouts and has been especially dedicated in the weight room and it shows, physically and mentally," UMass coach Julie LaFreniere said. "Katie has tremendous confidence because she knows she put the time and effort in all year, starting with cross-country in the fall."

The junior, who ran throughout her Cardinal Spellman High School career, has improved since she started running in college.

As a freshman, Powers clocked a 2:21 in the 800m. In two years, she has shaved eight seconds off that time in the individual races (2:13) and another three seconds running in the relay (2:10).

"Katie has worked the hardest this year - she is motivated to be an outstanding 800m runner in order have the best 4x800m relay team possible," LaFreniere said.

This past year's indoor track relay team, with Powers as third leg, beat UMass' 21-year-old school record by 11 seconds.

Powers also helped her team win the A-10 Championship 4x800m relay by lunging herself across the finish line to give the Minutemen the win by .01 seconds."

Read more: Holbrook native runs down collegiate competition for New England crown

John Connolly from the Boston Herald headlined his college sports notebook over the weekend with a recap of UMass track & field freshman Heather MacLean's dominance at the Atlantic 10 Championship meet last weekend.

Read: Heather MacLean smashes UMass 800 mark

Over the weekend, John Connolly featured some of UMass men's track and field's talent from the Commonwealth:

There is certainly a homegrown flavor to the UMass men's track and field team as it heads into this weekend's Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Amherst. That comes as no surprise, considering there are more than 40 Bay State products dotting the Minutemen roster.

Longtime coach Ken O'Brien, a Foxboro native, who arrived as a student in 1959 and became coach in 1968, likes it that way.

"I didn't count them but I know there's a lot of them,'' said O'Brien with a laugh. "We've had a couple of good recruiting years, but, you know, Massachusetts has always had good cross country and track and field and I think that it's exploded since the Reggie Lewis Track was built and we've been one of the benefactors. I'm a Massachusetts guy myself that came out here and got involved in coaching. But the Massachusetts high school kids have always had some grit to them and good skills and academics and they take a real interest in the state university.''

Read more: UMass touts local interest

A good read from the Boston Globe on former UMass track athlete Jonathan Korhonen who, in honor of his mother, ran the Boston Marathon for the first time last week:

Read: Mother inspires first Marathon run

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the women's track and field team taking third place at the New England Championships over the weekend highlighted by several standout individual performances. The article also recaps the performance by the men's team.

Collegian: UMass men and women both finish sixth at A-10 Championships

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass track and field teams and their performances at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend.

Just weeks after earning All-Conference honors at the A-10 Championships, Antony Taylor was honored as the online winner for the 2012 FloTrack Stashies at Nashies Awards for his mustache.

Here was the campaign video he made to win the award.

Take a look at the feature story on Rachel Hilliard's success in the classroom and in athletics written by Jackson Alexander of The Dailey Collegian. The feature also includes an interview with the head coach of the women's cross country and track and field teams Julie LaFreniere.

Massachusetts women's track and field coach Julie LaFreniere received an e-mail in mid-March that perplexed her.

The e-mail, from the academic services within the athletic department, notified her that all women's sophomore track and field athletes could sign up for fall courses.

But on the list was freshman cross country and track and field athlete, Rachel Hilliard.

Read on

UMass Invite Recap: Daily Hampshire Gazette

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Checkout this recap of the UMass Invitational from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Happy birthday to Meghan Collins of women's soccer, Jamie Mastrorio and Jennifer Simao of track and field!
Meghan CollinsJaime MastrorioJennifer Simao

Happy birthday to Brenden Cavallaro of men's track & field and Leif Sorenson of men's baseball!

Leif Sorenson

Happy birthday wishes to Adam Phillips of UMass hockey and Michelle Jenssen of women's track and field!

Adam PhillipsMichelle Jenssen

Happy Birthday: August 9- Nicole Pompei

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Happy birthday to Nicole Pompei of UMass Track & Field!

Nicole Pompei

Happy belated birthday wishes to Ali Houlis of women's lacrosse and football's Igor Garcia! The two celebrated their birthday on August 4. Happy belated birthday to K.R. Jurgelevich of men's lacrosse who celebrated his birthday on August 5! Happy belated birthday to Michael McDonough of men's track! Michael celebrated his birthday on August 6. Happy belated birthday to football's Ryan Carter and field hockey's Nicole Cordero! Both, Ryan and Nicole celebrated their birthday on August 7. 

Ali HoulisIgor GarciaK.R. JurgelevichMichael McDonoughRyan CarterNicole Cordero

Happy Birthday: July 28- Sarah Barrett

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Happy birthday to Sarah Barrett of women's cross country and track & field!

Sarah Barrett

Happy Belated Birthday: July 27- Lindsey Pfau

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Happy belated birthday to Lindsey Pfau of women's track & field!

Lindsey Pfau

Happy Birthday: July 20- Em Chiu & Danielle Allocco

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Happy birthday to Em Chiu of rowing and Danielle Allocco of women's cross country and track!

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Happy Birthday: July 19- Danielle McNiff

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Happy birthday to Danielle McNiff of women's cross country & track!

Danielle McNiff

Happy Birthday: July 6- Sean Duncan

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Happy birthday to Sean Duncan of UMass track & cross country!

Sean Duncan


Kevin and David Johnson went to the 4th of July Road Race Monday gunning for a record.

They got it.

In a competitive field on a humid morning, the 22-year-old twins from Ludlow ran down the course record, with Kevin covering the flat 5K in 15 minutes 11 seconds, and David crossing two seconds later.

The Johnsons said they were going after the course record of 15:15, which was set by former Ludlow High School teammate Brian Fuller in 2009.

"We were joking with Fuller on the phone," David Johnson explained. "He's in Colorado right now, and we were going to take down his course record without him here to defend it. That's what our goal was going into the day.

"With 250 meters to go, I knew we were running a good pace and I wanted to make sure both of us got under the course record. I yelled at Kevin to go and I saw him pick it up a little bit to the finish."

Kevin Johnson said, "We talked to Brian beforehand. He's our friend but he didn't want us to break his record."

David Johnson and Joe Czupryna grabbed the lead at the start before Kevin Johnson grabbed the top spot 1 mile into the fast course.

"We were pretty close," said David Johnson of the early stages of the race. "Me and our other teammate, Joe Czupryna, went through the mile pretty quick - maybe 4:50 pace. I was feeling a little sluggish before the race so I told Kevin I would do a lot of work for him. That worked for about a mile and then I fell back a little bit to Kevin, and then Kevin was pulling the train from 1 mile to the finish."

Even though he had the lead, Kevin Johnson knew he had to keep working. He stayed strong and topped the course record by four seconds.

"It was great. Both Dave and Brian have won the race, but I've never won it," Kevin Johnson said. "We had a bunch of UMass guys come and it was great to run with them again.

Read the full article here.

Happy Birthday: July 5- Emily Cota & Karen Roa

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Happy birthday to Emily Cota of UMass Women's Soccer and Karen Roa of UMass Women's Cross Country/Track & Field!
Emily CotaKaren Roa

Johnson Brothers Mentioned On MassLive

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Recent UMass graduates David and Kevin Johnson were both mentioned in Bill Wells' column on today:

JOHNSON MAKES ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Ludlow's Kevin Johnson, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts in May, was selected to the Capital One All-Academic second team for the second year in a row.

In the spring, Johnson ran the fifth-fastest time in the history of the UMass men's track program in the 10K.

Johnson graduated with a 4.0 GPA. During his career, he was selected to 11 academic-based teams, and was also named the UMass Male Fall Scholar-Athlete in 2009. He'll attend the Dartmouth College Medical School in Hanover, N.H., in September.

Kevin Johnson (17:34) finished two seconds ahead of his twin brother, David, at the Summerfest 3.5 Mile Cross Country Race in Holyoke Sunday.

Read the full column on
UMass Athletics wishes a happy birthday to Jeff Hill, (men's cross country/track), Brianna Concialdi (women's lacrosse), Greg Anderson (men's lacrosse) and Therese Smith (women's soccer).

Jeff and Brianna celebrated their birthdays on Sunday, while Greg and Therese are our Monday birthdays.

Jeff HillBrianna ConcialdiGreg AndersonTherese Smith

Happy Birthday to Football's Julian Talley, Women's Track & Field's Katherine Finnegan, and Women's Lacrosse's Sarah Mullen!

Julian TalleyKatherine FinneganSarah Mullen

Happy Birthday All Around!

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Lots of UMass birthdays from the weekend and today! Jasmine Watson of the women's basketball team celebrated on Saturday, while Erika Unger of the track team enjoyed her day yesterday.

On Monday, make sure to say happy birthday to Mike Lee of the football team, Ryan Hollenbaugh of the men's lacrosse team and Christine Cutry of the field hockey team.

Jasmine WatsonErika UngerMike LeeRyan HollenbaughChristine Cutry
Four UMass athletes will be in action over the next three days as the NCAA East Preliminary Round gets underway in Bloomington, Ind., on the campus of Indiana University.

Dan Barry will be the lone Minuteman in action today as he will run in the fourth heat of the 1500m, which begins at approximately 5 p.m. The top-five per heat will move on to the national quarterfinal on May 28, plus the next four fastest times.

Tomorrow night, Karen Roa and Sean Duncan will be running in the 3,000m Steeplechase. Roa is in the third women's heat with the event set to begin at 8:30 p.m. Duncan will run in the second heat of the men's steeple, which will begin around 9:10 p.m. Top-three per-heat will qualify for the national semifinal on June 8, along with the next three fastest.

Stephanie Aguguo will be competing in the triple jump, which begins at 1 p.m. on Friday. Top-12 in the field will advance to the national final on June 10. She is mentioned in today's Worcester Telegram.

All the meet information can be found on this page on, including live results and live video streams of the running events: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

Happy Birthday: May 14 - Caroline Conena

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On May 14, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore runner Caroline Conena.

Caroline Conena

Happy Birthday: May 8 - Patrick, Yarmosky

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A pair of juniors celebrate birthdays on May 8: rower Kimberly Patrick and women's runner Elyse Yarmosky

Kimberly Patrick  Elyse Yarmosky
Best wishes for a great birthday on May 6 to sophomore runner Courtney Baldwin and freshman lacrosse player Peter Von Rosenvinge. Enjoy your big day!!

Courtney Baldwin  Peter Von Rosenvinge

Happy Birthday: April 30 - Ida Okkonen

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On April 30, we wish Happy Birthday to senior trackster Ida Okkonen.

 Ida Okkonen
On April 25, we wish Happy Birthday to the following: field hockey sophomore Kara Charochak, track sophomore Nick Otis, lacrosse assistant coach and former All-American goalie Doc Schneider and swimming junior Kayla Tegeler.

Kara Charochak  Nick Otis  Doc Schneider  Kayla Tegeler

Happy Birthday: April 24 - Amick, Donadt

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Happy Birthday on April 24 to soccer senior Stuart Amick and track junior Evan Donadt.

Stuart Amick  Evan Donadt

On April 21, we wish Happy Birthday to women's runner Anne Blackney, men's basketball forward Raphiael Putney and men's swimmer  Andrew Thurston.

Anne Blackney  Raphiael Putney  Andrew Thurston

Happy Birthday: April 16 - Runners Bishop & Bourque

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On the day of Minuteman Invitational, we wish Happy Birthday to a pair of track members on April 16: Nicole BishopRachelle Bourque

Nicole Bishop  Rachelle Bourque

Happy Birthday: April 13 - Coach Cahoon, Fisk, Hill

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Best wishes for Happy Birthdays on April 13 to hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon, women's runner Elizabeth Fisk and men's basketball forward Matt Hill.

Elizabeth Fisk  Matt Hill

Daily Collegian: Track Running Strong

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Matt Strong of The Daily Collegian has a recap of last weekend's track and field meet, and previews this weekend's UMass Invitational.

"The Minutemen will look to pick up where they left off last weekend, building on a first-place finish at the Yellow Jacket Invitational."


UMass Winter Scholar-Athlete Luncheon - Cerie Mosgrove, Sean Busch. Speeches by Female honoree Cerie Mosgrove (women's basketball), Associate Head Coach Steve Lanpher, Professor Glenn Wong and Track & Field Coach Ken O'Brien. Busch was unable to attend.

Lots Of Honors At Today's UMass Sports Luncheon

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Senior Cerie Mosgrove of the women's basketball team and senior Sean Busch of the men's track & field squad have been named the 2011 UMass Winter Scholar-Athletes. The duo will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon today, Apr. 6, at Room 1009 of the Campus Center at 12:15 p.m. Also, the UMass Athletes of the Week will be recognized: Sara Plourde of the softball team, who was also named the National Player of the Week and Katie Ferris of the women's lacrosse squad, who tallied 12 points in two wins for No. 11 UMass.

The Daily Record has a feature story on UMass women's track and field alumn, Nastaran Whitson, who was recentely named the All Daily Records Girls Indoor Track Coach of the Year for her work with Morris Hills High School . During her time at UMass, Whitson competed in the heptathlon as a multi for the Minutewomen.

Whitson was promoted to head coach of the girls team this year and led the squad to the NJSIAA North 1 Group II state sectional title, the second straight for the Scarlet Knights.

Happy Birthday: March 29 - Lam, Power, Skoog

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Happy Birthday to a trio of UMass freshmen on March 29: women's runner Melody Lam, hockey forward Troy Power and football lineman Jeff Skoog.

Melody Lam  Troy Power  Jeff Skoog

Happy Birthday: March 28 - Zachary Konicki

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On March 28, we wish Happy Birthday to junior jumper Zachary Koncki of Northampton.

Zachary Koncki

Happy Birthday: March 4 - Brett Canepa, Mary Cole

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Men's soccer freshman Brett Canepa and freshman runner Mary Cole celebrate birthdays on March 4.

Brett Canepa  Mary Cole
Four UMass birthdays on March 3, best wishes for a happy day to hockey sophomore Mike Donnellan, freshman swimmer Matt Grippo, sophomore quarterback Jesse Hunt and senior track runner Brian Tino.

Mike Donnellan  Matt Grippo  Jesse Hunt  Brian Tino

Five UMass Birthdays On Feb. 25

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Big day for the UMass birthday brigade with five birthdays on Feb. 25. Let's celebrate with 
basketball senior Hashim Bailey, men's track junior  Andrew Erwin, men's lacrosse freshman goalie Reed Goodhue, men's track sophomore  Conor Megee and sophomore swimmer Tim O'Neill.

Hashim Bailey  Andrew Erwin  Reed Goodhue  Conor Megee  Tim O'Neill

Happy Birthday: Feb. 23 - Claire Pettit, Shane Viveiros

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On Feb. 23, we wish best birthday wishes to track & field/cross country runner Claire Pettit and defensive back Shane Viveiros

Claire Pettit  Shane Viveiros

Republican Notebook: O'Brien's Magic

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Checkout this notebook blurb about the men's track and field team from over the weekend. Dick Baker from The Springfield Republican highlights the career of Ken O'Brien, and the success of his squad through the 2011 season.


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Over the weekend the Minutemen crowned four A-10 Champions.

Happy Birthday: Feb. 18 - Joe Doyle

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Happy Birthday to men's track runner Joe Doyle on Feb. 18.

Joe Doyle

Collegian: Track Athletes Excel At Giegengack Invite

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Checkout Scott Cournoyer's recap of the Giegengack Invitational. The Daily Collegian recaps the two-day event in which both the men and women had a series of strong performances.


"Overall, I was very pleased with the way our team performed, we had some more guys qualify for New England and IC4A events and that's important when thinking about going even further, said coach Ken O'Brien."

Spieler Throwing His weight Around

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Checkout this article from The Sun Chronicle  about UMass thrower Kevin Spieler. The senior competitor already has qualified for the New England Championships in the weight throw.

"Former Attleboro High Bombardier Kevin Spieler, a senior with the UMass-Amherst track team, had himself quite a meet at the Reebok Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center last weekend" writes Peter Gobis.
Best wishes for a great birthday on Feb. 1 to women's lacrosse junior Ryan Gormanand senior distance runner Patrick McAllister

Ryan Gorman  Patrick McAllister

Happy Birthday: Jan. 26 - Gina Perno

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Happy Birthday to UMass senior runner Gina Perno of the track team on Jan. 26. 

Gina Perno

Indoor Track: Algonquin Gains Bakanowski

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Check out's article on UMass track and field alum Kristin Bakanowski getting hired at Algonquin Regional High School as an assistant track and field coach. 

"Danielson's departure gives former Algonquin and UMass star Kristen Bakanowski an opportunity to fulfill a dream by coaching at her alma mater. 

A T&G Super Team pick in indoor and outdoor track, the 25-year-old Bakanowski set the Algonquin record in the pole vault (12 feet) and competed on the national stage more than once before continuing her storied career for the Minutewomen, where she set their school record at 12 feet, 11-3/4 inches."

Happy Birthday: Jan. 24 - Sonny Gamble, Darren Rowe

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Best birthday wishes to senior track runner Sonny Gamble and sophomore hockey defenseman Darren Rowe

Sonny Gamble  Darren Rowe
Best wishes for a great day today on Jan. 19 as women's cross country/track runner Kristin Darling and softball freshman Maggie Quealy celebrate birthdays.

Kristin Darling  Maggie Quealy

Happy Birthday: Jan. 17 - David McKenna, Ryan Delaire

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Best wishes for a Happy Birthday on Jan. 17 to men's track thrower David McKenna and football linebacker Ryan Delaire

David McKenna  Ryan Delaire

UMass Track & Field Season Preview In Boston Herald

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With the indoor track & field season opening up this weekend for the Minutemen and Minutewomen, the Boston Herald has a nice preview of both UMass teams.

Like the United States Postal Service, the UMass indoor track and field team delivers on time, no matter what the weather is.

Wednesday's mammoth nor'easter hardly was a hurdle for the Minutemen as they prepared for this weekend's season-opening Sorlien Memorial Invitational in Kingston, R.I.

Continue reading UMass track set for run at glory

Happy Birthday: Jan. 10 - Euiler, Schwartz, Westcarr

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A trio of UMass birthdays today. Best wishes for a great day on Jan. 10 to rowing's Elizabeth Euiler, men's trackster Daniel Schwartz and football lineman Vincent Westcarr.

Elizabeth Euiler  Daniel Schwartz  Vincent Westcarr
A quartet of birthdays on Jan. 3. Best wishes to women's track sophomore Christina Chapman, women's swimming freshman Colleen Hespeler, field hockey All-American Alesha Widdall and men's swimming freshman Jake Wingfield.

Christina Chapman  Colleen Hespeler   Alesha Widdall  Jake Wingfield

Happy Birthday: Dec. 14 - Archer, Riedel, Ward

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A quartet of UMass student-athlete birthdays on Dec. 14: graduate student swimmer Shannon Archer, sophomore sprinter Emma Riedel and freshman soccer defender Annie Ward.

Shannon Archer  Emma Riedel  Annie Ward

4-Sport Letterman Dick "Bear" Riley Passes Away

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We are sad to announce the passing for former UMass four-sport athlete Dick "Bear" Riley, class of 1960, who died on Dec. 6, 2010. 

Riley was an All-Yankee Conference tackle and three-year starter in football. He also medaling in the New England Collegiate Heavyweight Wresting Championships.

Riley was also a letterman in lacrosse for Coach Dick Garber and lettered in track throwing the hammer for Coach Bill Footrick .

Read his full obituary by reading below or in the Nashua Telegraph.

Happy Birthday: Dec. 10 - Podlofski, Vaccaro, Wu

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Happy Birthday to this trio, celebrating on Dec. 10: tennis freshman Jessica Podlofsky, soccer senior Chris Vaccaro and junior track jumper Daniel Wu

Jessica Podlofsky    Chris Vaccaro    Daniel Wu

Happy Birthday - Dec. 7: Track's Chris Dzidek

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Happy Birthday - Dec. 7: Track's Chris Dzidek

Chris Dzidek

Happy Birthday: Dec. 3 - Philip Weltman

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Happy Birthday on Dec. 3  to  Philip Weltman

Philip Weltman

Happy Birthday: Dec. 2 - Berggren, Fetterly, Kolaric

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Happy Birthday to junior lacrosse players Seth Berggren and Mike Fetterly along with junior trackster Rhonda Kolaric all three turn 21 today.
 Seth Berggren  Mike Fetterly  Rhonda Kolaric

Happy Birthday: Nov. 30 - Mark Hewitt

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Happy Birthday: Nov. 30 to men's track junior Mark Hewitt.

Mark Hewitt

Happy Birthday: Nov. 29 - Deanna Julian

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Happy Birthday: Nov. 29 to women's track junior Deanna Julian.
Deanna Julian

Happy Birthday: Nov. 28 - Jenelle Denehy

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Happy Birthday on Nov. 28  to track senior Jenelle Denehy
Jenelle Denehy

Happy Birthday: Nov. 8 - Emily Boucher, Tessa Merrick

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Happy Birthday on Nov. 8 to rowing senior Emily Boucher and track sophomore Tessa Merrick
Emily Boucher  Tessa Merrick
On Nov. 7, we wish Happy Birthday to junior baseball player  Alex Fischer, track sophomore Andrew Grube and football freshman Brandon Hill.

Alex Fischer  Andrew Grube  Brandon Hill

Four UMass student-athlete Birthdays on Nov. 2.
From men's swimming Dan Backler
From women's swimming Kaitie English
From men's track & field Zachary Gordon
From football Quinton Sales

Dan Backler Kaitie English  Zachary Gordon  Quinton Sales

Happy Birthday: Oct. 29 - Lecomte, VanderMolen

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Happy Birthday to hockey's Mike Lecomte and track's Scott VanderMolen on Oct. 29.

Mike Lecomte  Scott VanderMolen

Happy Birthday To Six UMass Athletes On Oct. 27

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One of the most popular birthdays among student-athletes at UMass is Oct. 27. Six birthdays to celebrate including five members of the track and field squads, here's a rundown: 

Men's Track Daniel Barry, Women's Soccer Meghan Collins, Men's Track twins David Johnson and Kevin Johnson, Women's Track Jaime Mastrorio and Women's Track Jennifer Simao

Daniel Barry  Meghan Collins  David Johnson  Kevin Johnson
Barry                       Collins                    D. Johnson              K. Johnson

Jaime Mastrorio  Jennifer Simao
Mastrorio                 Simao

Busy day for UMass Athlete Birthdays on Oct. 4 as men's track sprinter Arjun Collins, women's soccer player Jen Houtmann, football lineman Travis Poston and rower Erin Stockman all celebrate!

Jen Houtmann  Travis Poston  Erin Stockman
Houtman                        Poston                             Stockman

Happy Birthday: Sept. 23 - Tyler Cotto

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Wishing a Happy Birthday to track and field's Tyler Cotto, who celebrates Sept. 23.

Tyler Cotto

Happy Birthday - Sept. 21: Sarah Kelley, David Key

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Happy Birthday to track's Sarah Kelley and soccer's David Key on Sept. 21.

Sarah Kelley   David Key

Happy Birthday: Sept. 7 - Nicolai Naranjo

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Best wishes for a Happy Birthday to track runner Nicolai Naranjo on Sept. 7.

Nicolai Naranjo
A big day of birthdays for UMass student-athletes on Aug. 29: Stephane Aguguo (track & field), Marc Concannon (hockey), Perry McIntyre (football), Chris Roswess (men's soccer)

Happy Birthday - Aug. 27: Rosalind Murphy

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Happy Birthday wishes to track runner Rosalind Murphy, who celebrates her big day on Aug. 27.
Rosalind Murphy

Happy Birthday: Aug. 20 - Andrew O'Donnell

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Happy Birthday to trackster Andrew O'Donnell on Aug. 20. 
Andrew O'Donnell

Happy Birthday - Aug. 14: Nalis Mbianda

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Wishing Happy Birthday to track and field student-athlete Nalis Mbianda on Aug. 14.