Becky Stoyle Highlights Second Place Finish At Sorlien Invitational
Jan. 20, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - The Minutewomen showed off their depth and versatility at the Sorlien Invitational on Saturday by placing second overall with two or more athletes scoring in nine events including four first place finishes and four New England qualifiers. The team was runners up to the host of the meet, URI.
Last week it was Rebecca Banker who had the performance of the meet, tying her fourth best mark in UMass history and finishing first in the high jump. Saturday afternoon Becky Stoyle shined the brightest with her first place finish in the triple jump. The sophomore broke her personal best mark with a New England qualifying distance of 38-feet, 6.75-inches. The mark betters her own fourth-best record in program history and inches her way closer to UMass great, Rose Bryan's third best mark of 39-feet, 2.25-inches.
Once again the Minutewomen jumpers excelled in their meet, making an impact in an array of events with Stoyle and Banker highlighting the jumper's performances. Banker finished first for the second straight week with a height of 5-feet 3.75-inches and sixth in the long jump. Along with Stoyle's record breaking performance the Pembroke, Mass. native also finished eighth in the 200 meter dash.
Another sophomore jumper assisting in the field and on the track was Ashley Palmer. The Phoenix, N.Y. native was runner up to Stoyle in the triple jump, landing at 36-feet, 6.25-inches. Palmer then placed third in the long jump with a distance of 17-feet, 6.75-inches and eighth in the 60 meter dash. Also making a difference in three events was Courtney Kromko. The sophomore finished third in the high jump with a height of 5-foot, 1, placed fourth in the triple jump with a 36-foot, 3-inch mark and fifth in the long jump leaping 17-feet, 5.5 inches.
Camille Edwards perhaps had her breakout meet, qualifying for New Englands in the long jump with a second place finish, jumping 17-feet, 10.75-inches. Rachel Busch also placed second but was runner up in the pole vault. The sophomore set a height of 10-feet, 4-inches.
Nalis Mbianda threw the best distance of the day in the shot put with a mark of 44-feet. The shot put was one of the nine events in which UMass placed two or more in the top eight. Grabbing points in the event was Rachelle Bourque and Kaylee DeVincent. Bourque placed third and qualified for New Englands, throwing 41-feet, 5-inches. DeVincent scored for UMass in two events, placing sixth in the shot put and fifth in the weight throw.
Maria Marascia was the first to cross the finish line in the 800 meter run. The senior finished in 2:23.20 and also assisted the 4x400 meter relay to a third place finish with a time of 4:07.20. Marascia was soon followed by fellow senior Erika Unger in second place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:24.54. Carly Zinner placed seventh in the event and was one of five freshmen to score points for the team.
Along with Zinner, Tiffany Williams was a part of the third place 4x400 meter relay quad. Sarah Bierly placed sixth in the pole vault and Kelsey Crawford finished eighth in the high jump. The best freshman performance of the day goes to Meghan Patrolia who finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles and qualified for the New England Championships with a time of 9.40.
Also on the track, Kayla Baldwin had a solid night placing fourth in the 60 meter dash and sixth in the 200 meter dash. Senior sprinter, Emma Riedel also had a solid night placing sixth in the 60 meter dash. In the 400 meter dash Sarah Bittermann finished in 59.72 for a fourth place finish and Meghan Landry trailed her teammate at 1:01.89 for a seventh place finish. Michelle Jenssen finished fourth in her event, coming in at 1:19.58 in the 500 meter dash.
UMass also received solid performances from Rachel Hilliard, Hannah White and Alexandra Purdue-Smithe. Hilliard scored points in the mile while White and Purdue-Smithe assisted in the team's second place finish in the 3,000 meter run.
The Minutewome will look to continue their success next week at the Joe Donahue Indoor Games. The meet is set for 3:30 p.m. in Roxbury, Mass on January 26.