Indoor Track Teams To Compete At A-10 Championships
Feb. 15, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The men's and women's indoor track teams will head to the Atlantic 10 Championships this weekend in Kingston, Rhode Island. They are coming off strong showings at the Valentine Invitational, recording many seasonal and personal best times. Highlighting the event for the men was James Godinho (Sandwich, Mass.) who ran the third fastest time in school history in the 400 meter dash. At the A-10 Championships last season, the Minutemen finished fifth while the Minutewomen placed ninth overall.
The Minutemen return many of the top performers from last season's A-10 Championships. Senior Erik Hoagland (Belchertown, Mass.) won both the long jump and triple jump at the A-10 Championship last season, becoming the first UMass athlete to win two events at the indoor championship since UMass joined the league in 1994. UMass will also look to James Godinho, fresh off a record-setting performance, to give the Minutemen a lift. Godinho will look to improve on his fourth place finish in the 800 meters in last year's championship. Another pair of top performers returning to this season's championship are senior Zac Pryzsiecki (Princeton, N.J.) and Sophomore Peter Fortunato (Tewksbury, Mass.), they both run the 800 meter but also return as the only remaining runners from the second-place finishing distance medley relay squad from last year's championships. Przysiecki and Fortunado are also coming off seasonal and personal best times in the 800 meters and 3000 meters, respectively.
After a ninth place finish in last year's A-10 Championships, the improving women's indoor track team looks to put forth a strong showing this weekend in Rhode Island. The Minutewomen will be without the A-10 pole vault champion from the last two seasons due to the injury of Kristen Backanowski (Northboro, Mass.). Junior Christina DeRosa (Sound Beach, N.Y.) will return, hoping to put together another good showing, she finished 3rd overall in the 5000 meters last season at the A-10 Championships. DeRosa is ranked 3rd in the A-10 this season in the 5000 meter, and 9th in the 3000 meter. Joining her with a top-5 ranking in the A-10 is freshman Molly Chapin (Northfield, Mass.), who ranks fourth in the Pole Vault, she also put up a seasonal best performance in the Pole Vault clearing 10 feet ½ inch last weekend. Other newcomers looking to pick up some points are Nicole Serapiglia (Northboro, Mass.) Brittany Bakanowski (Northboro, Mass.) and Holly Heinricher (Foxboro, Mass.) who all put ran strong last weekend in their respective events.
The men will start competition at 9:30 a.m. while the women begin at 2:45 p.m.
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