Women's Track Opens Up With Strong Showing At Yale Invitational
Jan. 12, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - UMass Women's Track and Field opened up its 2014 indoor season in New Haven, Conn. at the Yale Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Coach LaFreniere's squad grabbed 16 top eight performances in the unscored meet. The team's depth was on display with multiple Minutewomen finishing in the top eight of five events.
Saturday was an encouraging day for the Minutewomen on the track and in the field. The meet was highlighted by the team's surplus of talent in the 800 meter run, scoring three in the top eight. Heather MacLean led the pack, finishing first overall in the event. The highly touted freshman out of Peabody, Mass. completed the race in just 2-minutes, 17.08-seconds.
Sarah Bittermann was just two seconds behind MacLean in fourth place, crossing the finish line in 2-minutes, 19.62-seconds. Courtney Neves completed the trio of top eight finishers for UMass in the 800 with a time of 2-minutes, 21.85-seconds for a seventh place finish.
Rachel Hilliard picked up right where she left off with a fourth place finish in the mile clocking in at 5-minutes, 1.41-seconds in her first indoor contest following a stellar cross country campaign. Molly McMahon also found success in the 3,000 meter run crossing the finish line at the 10-minute, 41.47-second mark for a eighth place performance.
The Minutewomen also found success in relay events with Hilliard anchoring an eighth place finish in the distance medley relay. The junior harrier along with Christine Davis, Carly Zinner and Andrea Saccardo combined for a time of 12-minutes, 44.91-seconds.
Saccardo then anchored a seventh place performance with Alex Puccia, Krista Webb and Sara Murphy. The quad finished the 4x400 meter relay in 4-minutes, 4.71-seconds.
A pair of underclassmen turned in top eight performances in the 60 meter hurdles. Freshman Brittany Green led the duo with a time of 9.27-seconds for a fifth place finish while sophomore Meghan Patrolia finished eighth at the 9.39-second mark.
Once again Coach Jackson's jumpers turned in impressive performances in their first meet. Becky Stoyle led the group with a 40-foot leap in the triple jump to finish first in the event. Fellow junior Courtney Kromko was not far behind with a 38-foot, 0.25-inch jump in the event for a fifth place finish.
Kromko also placed seventh in the long jump with a mark equaling 17-feet, 7-inches. She landed one spot behind Ashley Palmer in sixth place with a 18-foot, 2.5-inch jump.
Katie Osborne capped off the team's top eight performances in jumping events with a height of 5-foot, 1-inch in the high jump tying her for fourth place.
The teams standout freshman from a season ago grabbed third in the shot put with Kelsey Crawford throwing 41-feet, 5-inches. She was followed by the freshman Margaret Riseborough in sixth place with a mark totaling 39-feet, 11.25-inches.
On January 18 the UMass will head to the University of Rhode Island for the Sorlien Invitational. The meet is slated for 11 a.m. in Kingston, R.I.