Women's Track

Seniors Lead The Way For Minutewomen At GoRhody Invitational

Ashley Palmer landed in second place in both of her field events, qualifying for the New England Championships in the triple jump.

Ashley Palmer landed in second place in both of her field events, qualifying for the New England Championships in the triple jump.

Jan. 12, 2013


KINGSTON, R.I. - The women's track and field squad leaves the University of Rhode Island with three New England qualifiers and two first place finishes in their 2013 debut. Seniors Rebecca Banker and Katherine Finnegan highlighted the meet with their two first place finishes.

Banker tied her career best of 5-5 in the high jump which stands at fourth all-time in program history. Finnegan qualified for the New England Championships with her first place finish. The senior landed with a distance of 18-3.75 in the long jump on Friday afternoon.

Also qualifying for New Englands in the field was Ashley Palmer. The sophomore claimed a pair of second place finishes on the day, leaping 17-7.5 in the long jump as well as a NEC qualifying mark of 36-7 in the triple jump.

Wrapping up in the field, but competing throughout the day in an array of events was Rebecca Stoyle. The sophomore standout placed fourth in the triple jump, fifth in the long jump, fifth in the 400 meter dash, fifth in the 200 meter dash and third in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:08.72 alongside Andrea Saccardo, Michelle Jenssen and Meghan Landry.

Finnegan, Maria Marascia, Camille Edwards and freshman Tiffany Williams trailed the fourth place 4x400 meter relay quad, finishing in fourth place at 4:09.14.



Individually on the track perhaps the best performance came from senior Erika Unger. The Mansfield, Mass. native finished second in the 800 meter run, crossing the finish line at 2:22.69.

Jenssen performed well in the 400 meter dash with a third place finish to go along with her third place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. The senior finished the event at 1:01.50.

Junior sprinter Kayla Baldwin finished the 200 meter dash in 26.64 in her 2013 debut. The time was good enough for fourth in the event.

Closing the meet out was the senior duo of throwers that have already embedded themselves in the UMass history books. Nalis Mbianda's mark of 41-9.25 qualified her for the New England Championships and was good enough for a third place finish. Rachelle Bourque finished just behind her teammate in fourth place.

Coach LaFreniere and her squad will head back to Kingston, R.I. on January 19 for the Sorlein Invitational. The Minutewomen will be back in action at 10:30 a.m.

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