Men's Track

Two Track & Field Athletes Named To Academic All-Conference Teams

Kristen Bakanowski will go down as one of the best pole vaulters in UMass history.

Kristen Bakanowski will go down as one of the best pole vaulters in UMass history.

May 13, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - Redshirt senior Kristen Bakanowski and sophomore Kevin Johnson, both of the UMass track and field team, earned Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Academic All-Conference honors on Wednesday. Darius Law and Lamarra Currie of Charlotte were named the Student-Athletes of the Year.

Bakanowski, a redshirt senior pole vaulter for the Minutewomen, ranked second at the Atlantic 10 Championships this year with a mark of 11-11.75. She also finished third at the New England Championship with the same height. Her best vault of the season came at home for the Pre-Conference Meet and the UMass Six Way, where she posted a height of 12-03.50. The Northboro, Mass. native ranks first all-time at UMass in the indoor and outdoor pole vault. Bakanowski has qualified for the ECAC's and is getting her master's in education.

Kevin Johnson, a sophomore distance runner for the Minutemen, paces the squad in the 5K and 10K events. In the classroom, Kevin is outstanding, maintaining a 4.0 GPA in food science and nutrition (pre-med). At the Atlantic 10 Championship, Johnson ranked eighth in the 10K with a time of 31:05.31. He finished third at the UMass Six Way with a season-best time of 30:45.63. Johnson is also a member of the cross country team, where he helped the Minutemen win their second-ever Atlantic 10 title.

The Minutewomen and Minutemen return to action this weekend for ECAC and IC4A competition in Princeton, N.J.



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