Kristen Bakanowski Ties Women's Indoor Track Pole Vault Record At Boston University
Jan. 19, 2005
BOSTON - After a six-week break in action, the University of Massachusetts women's track team started 2005 on a good note Tuesday night at the Boston University Quad Meet as freshman Kristen Bakanowski (Northboro, Mass.) tied the school record in the pole vault and the Minutewomen won five individual events. UMass faced Boston University, Boston College and Sacred Heart in the meet.
Bakanowski tied the school record in the pole vault at 12-feet even in just her second collegiate competition. It was her second win of the season in the event and she improved from her first jump by nearly seven inches. Former UMass standout Brandy Green set the record of 12' 0" in 2003.
Leading the scoring column for the Minutewomen was senior sprinter Christina Huff (Springfield, Mass.) who captured first-place in the 200-meter dash and second-place in the 55-meter dash. Huff, a three-time All-Atlantic 10 performer, took the 200 meters in 25.81 seconds after finishing second in the 55 meters (7.41) earlier in the meet.
Along with Huff, junior Elisabeth Budd (Springfield, Mass.) showed no drop-off in performance despite the long break. Budd, the defending A-10 champion in the 500 meters, won that event on Tuesday nearly matching her career-best performance. She posted a time of 1:16.95 which was just 0.83 seconds shy of her top-time.
Budd also competed in the 200 meters (26.83) giving UMass a fourth-place finish.
Senior Jen Iasiello (Barrington, R.I.) took the weight throw competition with her career-best heave of 49-feet, one-quarter inch. That mark by the former A-10 hammer throw champion was nearly five feet further than the second-place mark of BU's Alaina Ramsey.
Head coach Julie LaFreniere also received a stand-out performance by freshman Kendra Leighton (Brockton, Mass.) who won the 400-meter dash.
Leighton rounded out the top performances for UMass with a win in the 400 meters clocking a time of 58.70 seconds. It was also her second win of the season in the event and was 0.29 seconds faster than her previous race. She also finished third in the 200 meters with a time of 26.38 seconds.
Several UMass performers set personal-best times at the meet lead by senior Amanda Dahlberg (Gardner, Mass.) who finished the 3,000 meter race in 10:35.54 - just under 0.4 seconds faster than her previous top time. Senior Denise DiPaolo (North Bergen, N.J.) finished fifth in the 800 meters with her top time of 2:26.54.
The Minutewomen will return to action this Friday when they compete in the Rhode Island `Go Rhody' Classic. The meet is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start.
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