Women's Track

Becky Stoyle Shatters UMass Indoor Triple Jump Record, UMass Finishes Second At URI

Katherine Finnegan finished first in the long jump on Saturday and fell just a quarter-inch shy of fifth all-time in program history.

Katherine Finnegan finished first in the long jump on Saturday and fell just a quarter-inch shy of fifth all-time in program history.

Feb. 3, 2013


KINGSTON, R.I. - Becky Stoyle is no stranger to making the headlines for the Minutewomen this indoor season and achieved perhaps the greatest honor of her collegiate career thus far at the URI Coaches Invite on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore out of Pembroke, Mass. is now the greatest UMass athlete ever to compete in the indoor triple jump. Stoyle leaped 40-feet, 7.75-inches, breaking Janey Meeks' 40-foot, 4-inch mark set back in 1995. The sophomore's mark is now also the best distance an A-10 athlete has set so far in the 2013 indoor season by 7.75-inches. The mark is also just a half-inch shy of last year's A-10 championship mark and 1.25-inch shy of the all-time A-10 Conference Championship record.

The Minutewomen showed off their strengths in many areas of the sport with the second best performance of the afternoon coming from senior, Katherine Finnegan who fell just a quarter-inch shy of tying the fifth-best mark all-time at UMass in the long jump. Finnegan finished first in the event with a mark of 18-feet, 7-inches and was followed up by Ashley Palmer in third at 17-feet, 8.25-inches.

UMass turned in some solid performances in the pole vault as well, with underclassmen Sarah Bierly and Rachel Busch finishing fourth and fifth respectively in their event. Bierly set a height of 10-feet, 8-inches while Busch came in at 10-feet, 2-inches. Rebecca Banker finished seventh in the high jump with a height of 5-feet, 3-inches.

The shot put was another key event to the team's 103.5 points, as four Minutewomen finished in the top eight. Nalis Mbianda led quad in third at 42-feet, 3.5-inches while Rachelle Bourque finished the event with a mark of 41-feet, 11.5-inches for fifth place. Kaylee DeVincent placed sixth, throwing 41-feet, and a .25-inch while freshman, Kelsey Crawford finished in seventh place with a mark of 40-feet, 2.25-inches. DeVincent also placed eighth in the weight throw, throwing a distance of 45-feet, and a half-inch.



Another event UMass showed their depth in was the 500 meter run. UMass placed three in the top eight with Sarah Bittermann claiming the top spot overall. Clocking in at 1:17.67 the junior qualified herself for the New England Championships while picking up 10-points towards the team standings. Coming in third for UMass was Maria Marascia with a time of 1:19.54 which was immediately followed by Michelle Jenssen in fourth at 1:20.09.

Meghan Landry finished sixth in the 400 meter dash at 1:00.68 and contributed to one of the team's two third place finishes in relays. Landry, Bittermann, Jenssen and Erika Unger finished the 4x400 meter relay in 4:02.92 while Marascia, Carly Zinner, Andrea Saccardo, and Rachel Hilliard all ran for a time of 12:26.22 in the distance medley relay. Hilliard also placed sixth in the mile at 5:11.84 while Zinner finished the 1,000 meter run in 3:04.56 for a seventh place finish.

The Minutewomen placed two in the 3,000 meter run with freshman, Molly McMahon finishing third at 10:39.29 and Alexandra Purdue-Smithe finishing fifth with a time of 10:46.60.

UMass will wrap up the regular season Friday, February 8 at Boston University for the Valentine Invitational. The invite is set to start at 2:30 P.M. in Boston, Mass.

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