Women's Track Has One For The Record Books At ECACs
March 2, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On Saturday afternoon the Minutewomen were represented in three events at the ECAC Championships in Cambridge, Mass at the Track and Tennis Center. In three events the Minutewomen rose to the occasion and turned in some of the top performances of the season. UMass exits the first day of competition with one bronze medal and two finishes good enough to make the record book.
Becky Stoyle finished third in a close battle in the triple jump. Stoyle's mark of 40-feet, 10-inches was the runner-up to Princeton's Imani Oliver with a mark of 41-feet, 2.25-inches going into the final jump of the finals. Albany's Patricia McNish then leaped 41-feet, 3.75-inches to win the crown and become an ECAC Champion.
Stoyle finishes the indoor season with one of the most decorated seasons by a Minutewoman in recent memory, adding her bronze medal to the gold medals she had won the two weeks prior. The sophomore was crowned the champion in the triple jump at the A-10 Championship and the New England Championship with the best mark of her career coming at A-10s. Stoyle leaped a 41-foot, 1-inch jump, bettering her own UMass record that she had claimed earlier in the season and setting the A-10 record in the event.
On the track Sarah Bittermann was the only individual to qualify for the championship meet in a running event. The junior competed in the 500 meter preliminaries and set a personal best in the event. Bittermann has progressed throughout the season and is now third all-time at UMass in the 500 meter dash crossing the finish line with a time of 1-minute, 15.45-seconds.
The 4x800 meter relay quad of Katie Powers, Maria Marascia, Rachel Hilliard and Carly Zinner put together their best performance of the year and set the third best time in UMass history. The team finished with a combined time of 9-minutes, 10.36-seconds.
Tomorrow the Minutewomen will have senior thrower Nalis Mbianda compete in the shot put. The shot put is set the begin at 9:30 A.M. and if Mbianda doesn't qualify for the indoor national championships this will be the team's final meet of the indoor season.