Women's Track & Field Finish Seventh At Reebok Boston Indoor Games
Jan. 29, 2005
BOSTON - Behind several outstanding individual performances, the University of Massachusetts women's track and field team posted a seventh-place finish, while the men's team finished 10th at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games. The Reebok Boston Indoor Games is one of the most prestigious early-season indoor meets on the East Coast featuring top-level competition at the collegiate and professional levels.
The highlight of the meet was the men's distance medley relay team which qualified for the IC4A Indoor Championships which will be held in March.
The senior quartet of Matt Clark (Worcester, Mass.), Jon Korhonen (Gardner, Mass.), Dave McMenamy (Falmouth, Mass.) and John Jacobson (Taunton, Mass.) won the event in 10:10.10 to qualify for the IC4A meet - nearly 10 seconds faster than required to qualify.
The women's team was led by senior Christina Huff (Springfield, Mass.) who posted an eighth-place finish in the 55-meters (7.44) and a ninth-place finish in the 200 meters.
Junior Elisabeth Budd was the top individual performer for UMass as she placed second overall in the 500 meters (1:18.00).
The Minutewomen had a strong showing in the 3,000 meters as three runners finished in the top-eight. Freshman Christina DeRosa (Sound Beach, N.Y.) took fifth-place in 10:35.44 to lead the group. She was followed by senior Amanda Dahlberg (Gardner, Mass.) who ran a 10:36.45 and senior Alexis Anzelone (Westfield, N.J.) who ran a 10:50.13) to finish seventh and eighth, respectively.
Senior Denise DiPaolo (North Bergen, N.J.) has continued her streak in the 800 meters breaking her personal-best mark once again in the event. She captured 10th place for UMass in 2:26.18.
UMass received several solid performances in the field events as well as sophomore Kaitlyn O'Toole (North Andover, Mass.) tied for fourth with her season-best performance of 5-feet, two inches in the high jump.
Sophomore Dawn Cheri Soares (New Bedford, Mass.) finished among the top-10 in two events as she took sixth in the long jump (17-2.25) and seventh in the triple jump (33-1.25).
In the hammer throw, senior Jen Iasiello (Barrington, R.I.) finished sixth with her mark of 45-feet, five inches.
The Minutewomen finished seventh of 10 teams with a total of 29 points. The University of South Florida took the team title with 148 points, followed by Northeastern (119) and Albany (91).
Other scorers for the men's team included senior Henry Smith (Ellington, Conn.) in the triple jump, junior James Godinho (Sandwich, Mass.) in the 500 meters, Jacobson in the 800 meters and senior Andy McCarron (Lunenburg, Mass.) in the 5,000 meters.
Smith finished seventh in the triple jump with his mark of 45-feet, 1.75 inches - his best mark of the season.
Godinho also improved on his previous time this season in the 500 meters as he clocked a 1:05.81 for a fourth-place finish - the top individual finish on the day for UMass.
Jacobson finished seventh in the 800 meters with his time of 1:58.36, while McCarron took eighth in the 5,000 meters (15:12.99).
As a team, UMass garnered 20 total points to finish 10th of 14 teams. Rhode Island was the overall meet champion with 104.5 total points, followed by Albany (93 points) and host-school Northeastern (82.5 points).
Both the men's and women's track and field teams will return to action next Saturday as they head to Rhode Island for the URI Mega Meet. The action is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. in North Kingston, R.I.