Triple Jumpers Thrive In Record Breaking Fashion In A-10 Finale
Feb. 23, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - On Sunday, February 23 in Kingston, R.I. the duo of Becky Stoyle and Courtney Kromko continued to show why they are one of the best one-two punches in an event in the Atlantic 10 Conference. To conclude the final day of the 2014 Indoor Atlantic 10 Championship the pair took home gold and silver in record-breaking fashion assisting in the team's sixth place finish.
Stoyle once again proved to be the best triple jumper in the conference, claiming her second consecutive Indoor Atlantic 10 Championship and her third straight conference championship in the event. The junior fell just a half inch shy of the 42-foot milestone landing with a mark equaling 41-feet, 11.5-inches, bettering her own Atlantic 10 Championship record. The previous conference record was her golden leap last season totaling 41-feet, 1-inch. Stoyle also claimed the Mackal Field House facility record besting Elena Zhelezov's jump of 41-feet, 10.75-inches. Zhelezov hailed from Brandeis University and held the facility record since 1997.
In the closing ceremonies the Pembroke, Mass. native was voted the Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Field Performer after winning the triple jump and her silver medal performance in the pentathlon on Saturday. Stoyle is the first Minutewoman to win the award since the honor was first given out in 2001.
The last UMass Women's Track and Field athlete to claim one of the conference's performance awards was Rosemarie Bryan in 2005 when she was named the Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Indoor Rookie Performer. The last Minutewoman to win an award that was not a freshman was Nicole Way back in 1999 when she was voted the Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Indoor Performer.
Stoyle is the first Minutewoman to win back-to-back indoor conference championships since Kristen Bakanowski won the pole vault in 2005 and 2006. She is also the first Minutewoman to win three conference championships in a row since Kristen Bakanowski won the indoor and outdoor 2005 A-10 Championship and went on to win the 2006 indoor championship.
Winning the silver medal in the triple jump was teammate and fellow junior Kromko who for the first time in her collegiate career broke the 40-foot mark leaping 40-feet, 9.75-inches. The jump hoists Kromko from fifth all-time to second all-time behind Stoyle in the UMass Women's Track and Field record book.
Rachel Hilliard continued to show why she is one of the better harriers in the conference by scoring in two long distance events. The Hookstown, Pa. native finished sixth in the 3,000 meter run at the 9-minute, 55.48-second mark and finished the mile in just 5-minutes, 2.58-seconds for a seventh place finish overall.
In the 800 meter run finals Heather MacLean and Katie Powers each scored with MacLean coming out on top with a fourth place finish while Powers capped off the scorers in eighth place. MacLean crossed the finish line in 2-minutes, 16.49-seconds and Powers finished in 2-minutes, 20.24-seconds.
Powers was another Minutewoman to test her limits running in two events on Sunday coming back to compete in the 4x800 meter relay. The junior out of Holbrook, Mass. was part of a sixth place finish with fellow junior Courtney Neves and freshmen Krista Webb and Deirde Martyn. The quad completed the relay in 9-minutes, 21.24-seconds.
Another pair of UMass competitors to score in the same event was Meghan Patrolia and Brittany Green in the 60 meter hurdles. Patrolia was the quicker of the two coming in at the 8.93-second mark while the freshman, Green completed the event in 9.18-seconds.
In the field and finishing fourth overall was Kelsey Crawford. The Texan threw 43-feet, 11.25-inches in the shot put for the team's only scoring performance in a throwing event in the conference finale.
Next weekend the Minutewomen will travel to Boston for the New England Championship. The meet is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Boston University's Track and Tennis Center on Friday, February 27 and will conclude Saturday, February 28.