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"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."

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