Women's Track Finishes In Three-Way Tie For First
Jan. 26, 2013
ROXBURY, Mass. - The Mintewomen experienced déjà vu on Friday at the Joe Donahue Indoor Game thanks to Becky Stoyle's first place finish in the triple jump, assisting in the team's first place finish. Once again the sophomore wasn't the only jumper to finish first in the field. Last week it was Rebecca Banker, Friday it was Katherine Finnegan giving her team a boost placing first in the long jump.
Stoyle last week set a new personal best and bettered the fourth best mark all-time at UMass in the triple jump with her first place mark assisting in a team finish of second place. Friday the sophomore did just that again but led her team to a first place finish while placing first for the Minutewomen in the triple jump and besting her fourth all-time mark in the triple jump from 38-feet, 6.75-inches to 38-feet, 11.5-inches. Stoyle is now just 2.75-inches away from the third best all-time mark.
In the long jump Finnegan landed in first place for the second time this season with a distance of 18-feet, 0.25- inches. Banker, who has enjoyed success in her senior season placed sixth in the meet, leaping a height of 5-feet, 3-inches in the high jump. Another sophomore jumper, Courtney Kromko made an impact in the team standings in both the triple jump and the high jump. Kromko finished second to Stoyle and qualified for New Englands with her new personal best 37-feet, 8.75-inches and tied her personal best in the high jump with a height of 5-feet, 1-inch for seventh place in the event.
The Minutewomen placed their three senior throwers in the shot put on Friday afternoon. Nalis Mbianda threw well enough for second in the shot put with a distance of 43-feet, 6.5-inches. Rachelle Bourque placed fourth in the event with a distance of 42-feet, 8-inches and was then followed by Kaylee DeVincent in sixth place who threw an even 40-feet. DeVincent also placed eighth in the weight throw with a mark of 47-feet, 9.25 inches.
The women's relays grabbed third place finishes in the 4x400 and the 4x800. In the 4x400, Michelle Jenssen, Erika Unger, Meghan Landry and Sarah Bittermann came in at 3:59.53. Rachel Hilliard, Katrina Martyn, Molly McMahon, and Megan Cummings finished the event in 10:08.30. Hilliard, Jenssen and Bittermann all contributed to the team's finish on the track individually as well.
Hilliard placed fifth in the mile, crossing the finish line in 5:10.09. In the 500 meter dash, Jenssen trailed Bittermann with a sixth place finish and a time of 1:18.71. Bittermann's 1:18.20 time was good enough to place her third in the event.
UMass sprinters Kayla Baldwin and Emma Riedel both scored in the 60 and the 200 meter dash. Baldwin finished the day with a pair of seventh place finishes. The junior finished the 60 meter dash in just 8-seconds flat and followed up with a time of 26.55 in the 200 meter dash. Riedel placed fifth in the 200 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 26.52 and 8.02 in the 60 meter dash for an eighth place finish. Also on the track Maria Marascia placed seventh in the meet with a time of 2:20.56 in the 800 meter run.
On February 2, the Minutewomen will compete in the URI Coaches Invite at 11:00 a.m. in Kingston, R.I. This will be the team's third time competing in Mackal Fieldhouse this season.