Minutewomen Rewrite The Record Book At Sorlien Invitational
Jan. 19, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - Earlier this week junior jumper Becky Stoyle said that the team's breakout performance in the season opener displayed the hard work this year and that the team plans on improving each week moving forward. The Minutewomen did just that on Saturday afternoon at the unscored Sorlien Invitational in Kingston, R.I.
The team fought for 34 top eight performances with three marks rewriting the UMass record book. UMass competed against American International, Bryant University, Stonehill College and A-10 powerhouse University of Rhode Island. For the second straight week the team did not miss a beat excelling in all areas of the sport finishing multiple athletes in the top eight of 10 events.
Sophomore multi and high jumper Katie Osborne made the biggest jump in the record book with her height of 5-feet, 7-inches in the high jump. The mark now gives her the second best height all-time at UMass and was good enough for second place in the meet.
Fellow sophomore multi Kelsey Crawford has made a name for herself in the Atlantic 10 for her throwing abilities early in her career. On Saturday Crawford threw 43-feet, 7.25-inches in the shot put placing her first in the meet and fourth all-time at UMass.
Crawford was one of three Minutewomen to finish in the top eight in the event with Sarah Wagner and Alexa Fearing taking fifth and sixth respectively. Margaret Riseborough capped off the thrower's performances with an eighth place toss in the weight throw equaling 42-feet, 11.75-inches.
UMass finished four in the top eight in both the long jump and triple jump. Courtney Kromko was one-of-three Minutewomen to place in the top eight of both events with two second place finishes. The junior leaped 38-feet, 6.5-inches in the triple jump placing her fifth in UMass history. She placed second in the long jump as well with a 17-foot, 9.75-inch jump.
Stoyle took first place in both events. The junior improved her triple jump mark this season to 40-feet, 9.5-inches and also leaped 18-feet, 0.25-inches in the long jump. Ashley Palmer was the third Minutewoman to score in both events with a third place leap of 17-feet, 7-inches in the long jump and a 35-foot, 8.5-inch mark in the triple jump placing her fifth in the triple jump.
Lauren Avery and Camille Edwards each grabbed a fourth place performance in their respective events. Edwards jumped 17-feet, 4.75-inches in the long jump while Avery set a 37-foot, 1.25-inch mark in the triple jump. Rachel Busch joined the group with a fourth place performance of her own in the pole vault with a height of 9-feet, 10-inches.
The Minutewomen once again showed that they are a much deeper and talented team than a year ago in their events on the track. Of 34 top eight performances 20 came on the track.
Palmer, Brittany Green and Kayla Baldwin all had times good enough to score in the 60 meter dash. Finishing fourth and leading the trio was Palmer with a time of 8.08-seconds with Green just .01-seconds behind at 8.09 for a fifth place finish.
Baldwin clocked in at 8.11-seconds for eight place and would then finish fourth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.83-seconds. Fellow senior Andrea Saccardo ran for a third place clocking in at 1-minute, 1.93-seconds in the 400 meter dash.
In the 60 meter hurdles it was Green who grabbed third with a time of 9.05-seconds while Megan Patrolia finished fifth in 9.21-seconds.
The A-10 Rookie of the Week and ECAC Athlete of the Week was back at it again in the 800 meter run with a first place finish in the 800 meter run and a time of 2-minutes, 19.65-seconds. Heather MacLean was joined by Courtney Neves in third place at 2-minutes, 23.68-seconds and Katie Powers in fourth at the 2-minute, 23.95-second mark.
The 1,000 meter run featured top performances from Sarah Bittermann and Carly Zinner. Bittermann finished third in 3-minutes, 6.53-seconds while Zinner placed seventh clocking in at 3-minutes, 9.32-seconds.
Rachel Hilliard once again ran well in the mile with a second place finish and a time of 5-minutes, 7.02-seconds. Molly McMahon trailed the junior harrier crossing the finish line at 5-minutes, 18.34-seconds for a seventh place finish.
Freshman Christine Davis led the way in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10-minutes, 35.01-seconds placing her fifth in the meet. Sarah Barrett and Katrina Martyn finished back-to-back in the event going seventh and eighth respectively with Barrett completing the event in 10-minutes 48.40-seconds and Martyn crossing the finish line in 10-minutes, 50.14-seconds.
The team's relay quads also grabbed top eight performances with two teams finishing fourth and fifth in the 4x400 meter relay and one team finishing third in the 4x800 meter relay.
Next week on Friday, January 24 the Minutewomen will compete in the Northeastern Indoor Games in Roxbury, Mass. at 4:00 p.m.