Minutewomen Make Strong Showing At URI
Jan. 14, 2012
NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. - The Minutewomen leave North Kingston, R.I. with four first place finishers and four New England qualifiers after Friday's Sorlein Invitational at URI. Taking first place for the Minutewomen were seniors Deanna Julian and Karen Roa, along with juniors Katherine Finnegan and Nalis Mbianda. There were no team scores.
Julian had the best time in the 800 meter, clocking in at 2:17.79, making her a New England Championship qualifier. Karen Roa was the fastest in the mile run, also qualifying for the New England Championships with a time of 5:01.58. Katherine Finnegan placed first overall in the long jump with a distance of 17-00.50.
In the field events, Mbianda also placed first and is a New England qualifier in the shot put. Not far behind and placing second overall in the shot put was junior thrower, Rachelle Bourque. Bourque posted a distance of 42-02.75, adding her name to the list of NEC qualifiers.
A handful of Minutewomen notched second place finishes. Meghan Leahy, Lauren Kappleman, Rebecca Banker and the 4x800 meter relay team placed second along with Bourque. Leahy took second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.06. Kappleman was second best in the triple jump with a distance of 35-02.00, and Banker rocketed to a height of 5-3.00 in the high jump, a mark good enough for second overall. The second place 4x800 meter relay team consisted of Rachel Hilliard, Katie Powers, Erika Unger, and Courtney Baldwin, all contributing to the team time of 10:09.20.
Several freshman also stepped up in the season's opener. Olivia Beaulieu took fourth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.71. Freshman, Meghan Landry assisted Meghan Leahy, Sarah Bitterman, and Deanna Julian in a fourth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. Three freshmen fell in the top six in the long jump. Ashley Palmer jumped a distance of 16-05.75, a mark good enough to claim third in the event. Rebecca Stoyle was not far behind with a distance of 16-05.25, claiming fourth. Jaclyn Lam took sixth overall in the long jump, leaping for a distance of 16-03.25.
UMass is back in action next Saturday at the Great Dane Invitational in Albany, N.Y.