Minutewomen Fire Off The Blocks On Day One Of A-10 Championships
Feb. 22, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - After the first day of competition at the 2014 Indoor Atlantic 10 Championship in Kingston, R.I. the women's track and field team finds itself amongst the best in the conference sitting in fourth place in the team standings with 26 points. UMass is tied with Duquesne and is trailing the University of Rhode Island, George Mason and the leader with 43 points, Dayton.
Coach Jackson's jumpers have had their talents on display throughout the entire indoor campaign in 2014, consistently finishing at the top and dominating their events. The Atlantic 10 Championship certainly was no exception to that trend. Becky Stoyle and Courtney Kromko were silver medal winners in their respective events while rewriting the UMass record book in the process.
The reigning triple jump conference champion Becky Stoyle kicked off her weekend with a second place performance in the pentathlon. The junior's 3,526 points in the event boosts her to second all-time in program history. Stoyle was runner-up to Duquesne's Louise Prevoteau who recorded 3,610 points in the pentathlon.
Kromko fell just 1.25-inches shy of gold with her leap of 19-feet, 0.75-inches in the long jump. The mark was the largest of her career and the first time she has reached the 19-foot milestone. The Waymart, Pa. native now sits third on the UMass all-time indoor list for the event. The champion in the long jump was freshman Chantel Richardson of George Mason recording a jump of 19-feet, 2-inches.
Also scoring in the long jump and pentathlon was Ashley Palmer and Katie Osborne. Osborne enters the record book for the second time this season with her 3,258 points in the pentathlon. The score was good enough for the sophomore to place eighth overall in the event. Palmer took home the fifth best distance in the long jump with a jump spanning 18-feet, 1.5-inches.
The Minutewomen were able to get two more eighth place finishes in the field from two of their younger athletes. Freshman Margaret Riseborough threw 47-feet, 3.5-inches in the weight throw to score for her team in her first championship meet. In the pole vault Sarah Bierly vaulted 10-feet, 10-inches for her eighth place finish.
The only scoring performance of the day for the Minutewomen on the track came from Coach LaFreniere's distance medley relay team. Carly Zinner, Meghan Leahy, Courtney Neves and Rachel Hilliard combined their times for a sixth place finish, ultimately crossing the finish line at the 12-minute, 3.95-second mark.
The a controversial preliminary round in the 500 meter dash and protests submitted, Leahy will be one of 10 finalists to compete in the 500 meter event on Sunday. The senior is one of five Minutewomen to qualify for the finals on Sunday afternoon.
Heather MacLean and Katie Powers will advance to the 800 meter run finals on Sunday with their fifth and eighth place finishes respectively. MacLean crossed the finish at the 2-minute, 19.79-second mark while Powers completed the event in 2-minutes, 22.63-seconds.
UMass also qualified a pair in the 60 meter hurdles with Meghan Patrolia and Brittany Green coming in just 0.16-seconds apart. Patrolia completed the hurdles in 8.80-seconds for a fourth place finish while Green grabbed the eighth spot with a time of 8.96-seconds.
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