Jan. 22, 2012
NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. -
The Minutewomen walk away with seven first place finishers, five NEC qualifiers, and 17 athletes placing in the top three in an overall successful day in the GoRhody Invite at URI Saturday night.
Many runners were solid competitors in the meet on Saturday. A combination of short-distance runners and harriers made up 7-of-17 top three finishers, including two first place finishes and one New England qualifier.
Senior harrier Deanna Julian (Dudley, Mass.) claimed first place and qualified for the New England Championships in the 1000 meter run. This is her second first place finish of the season and has now qualified for the NEC in the 800 and 1000 meter run. Sarah Bitterman (Marblehead, Mass.) was the fastest in the 500 meter run with a time of 1:18.25.
UMass athletes competed very well in the field events this weekend, taking home six first place finishes, four NEC qualifiers and 10 top three finishers. Nalis Mbianda (Newton, Mass.) repeated in the shot put, claiming first place and qualifying for the NEC, along with Rachelle Bourque (Rowley, Mass.) who took third in the event.
UMass freshmen, Rebecca Stoyle (Pembroke, Mass.) and Ashley Palmer (Phoenix, N.Y.) shined in the meet for the Minutewomen. The two were the best in their events for the first time in their collegiate career. Stoyle leaped in the triple jump for a distance of 37-09.50, qualifying her for the New England Championships. This was her first distance good enough to qualify her for the NEC. Palmer shined in the long jump, leaping for a distance of 16-08.50.
Chrissy Silvar (Fitchburg, Mass.) flew in the pole vault. The senior's distance of 11-03.75 was good enough for first place and good enough to qualify her for the New England Championships. Junior Kaylee DeVincent (Southborough, Mass.) threw the best distance in the weight throw with a mark of 46-11.50.