March 4, 2012
ROXBURY, Mass. -
The Minutewomen shined in day one of the ECAC Championships. Although UMass only competed in one event on Saturday, the 4x800 meter relay team not only qualified for day two of the tournament, but also made their way into the UMass record book.
Running in the 4x800 meter relay on Saturday for UMass were freshmen, Katie Powers (Holbrook, Mass.) and Courtney Neves (New Bedford, Mass.), as well as senior, Deanna Julian (Dudley, Mass.) and sophomore, Sarah Bitterman (Marblehead, Mass.). The four Minutewomen all contributed to a sixth place finish in the preliminaries and qualified for day two of the ECAC contest. Their time of 9:07.16 landed the team second all-time in UMass history. The finish surpassed Deanna Julian, Gina Perno, Claire Pettit, and Caroline Conena's time of 9:14.71 which was set at last year's New England Championships.
Competing with the 4x800 meter relay team on day two of the competition will be Karen Roa (Jamaica, N.Y.) in the 3000 meter run and Chrissy Silvar (Fitchburg, Mass.) in the pole vault. Earlier this year Roa qualified for the ECACs at the Valentine Invitational. The senior harrier posted a time of 9:40.33 in the 3000 meter run and moved up to second in the UMass record book. Silvar is competing in the ECAC tournament for the first time in her collegiate career. The senior qualified for the ECACs with a mark of 11-09.75. The mark projected her to fourth best all-time at UMass in the pole vault. Courtney Baldwin (Lowell, Mass.), Michelle Jenssen (Mansfield, Mass.), Meghan Leahy (Sterling, Mass.), and Rachel Hilliard (Hookstown, Pa.) will all take part in the distance medley relay as well on Sunday.