Four Crowned Champions At New England Track & Field Championships
Feb. 26, 2005
BOSTON - Four student-athletes were crowned champions as the University of Massachusetts men's and women's track and field teams competed at the New England Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday hosted by Boston University. The men's team finished seventh of 36 teams, while the women took eighth out of 33 teams.
Huff won her first New England title in the 55 meters recording her second fastest time of the season at 7.20 seconds - just one-hundreth of a second shy of her season-best effort. Huff also finished seventh in the 200-meter dash (25.28 seconds) which ties her career-best in the event which she ran in 2003. Her 25.28 second performance ranks third in school history for the 200 meters.
Joining Huff on the champions' podium was Bakanowski who won the pole vault for the fifth time in her rookie campaign. Bakanowski, who entered the meet after winning the Atlantic 10 pole vault championship last week, took first in the event with her mark of 11-feet, 9.75 inches.
In other women's action, Elisabeth Budd took second in the 500 meters running the third-fastest time in school history at 1:15.46. The career-best sprint from Budd qualified her for the ECAC Championships for the first time this season.
In the 5,000 meters, Christina DeRosa turned in a career-best effort in the 5,000 meters to finish ninth (17:50.82). Also competing in the 5,000 meters, Amanda Dahlberg posted her career-best time in the event finishing 12th in 18:15.11.
Ashley Creel and Amanda Griffin each had season-best totals in the pentathlon as Creel finished 10th with 2,861 points and Griffin took 12th with 2,702 points.
The Minutewomen will return to action next weekend as they compete in the ECAC Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston.