4x800 Meter Relay Blows By School Record At ECAC Championship
March 8, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. - The UMass women's track and field team currently sits in 16 place out of 27 teams that scored on the first day of the ECAC Championship. Courtney Neves, Rachel Hilliard, Katie Powers and Heather MacLean decimated an 21-year old record by 11-seconds in the 4x800 meter relay while Becky Stoyle wrapped up her indoor campaign, repeating her indoor season from a year ago.
The 4x800 meter relay team blew away the program record that stood for a little over two decades with their first place finish in the preliminary round of the event. Neves (2:12.5), Hilliard (2:16.5), Powers (2:12.5) and MacLean (2:08.7) beat the opposition by two seconds with their time of 8-minutes, 50.56-seconds.
The quad bumped off Kerry Aker, Lennice Johnson, Kelly Liljeblad and Rebecca Johnson's time of 9-minutes, 1.71-seconds which stood as the top time in program history since 1993. Juniors, Neves, Hilliard and Powers have now taken part in three of the top five indoor times in UMass history.
Stoyle is the ECAC Championship's bronze medalist in the triple jump with a mark of 40-feet, 7.75-seconds. With the third place performance the junior mirrors her sophomore campaign taking the gold medal in the conference and New England Championship and the bronze medal at the ECAC Championship.
However, this year Stoyle just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championship and bettered her own UMass and Atlantic 10 Championship records while claiming URI's Mackal Field House facility record. The jumper also picked up more hardware from the conference earning the Indoor Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Field Performer award.
Falling just one place short of advancing to the second day of the championship meet was Meghan Patrolia. The sophomore hurdler completed the preliminary round of the 60 meter hurdles in 8.92-seconds for a 10 place finish.
The second day of the 2014 Indoor ECAC Championship begins tomorrow, March 9 at 10:00 AM at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center.