Women's Track

Women's Track Comes Out On Top At UConn Invitational

Alexandra Purdue-Smithe posted the best time of the meet in the 5,000 meter run.

Alexandra Purdue-Smithe posted the best time of the meet in the 5,000 meter run.

April 5, 2014


STORRS, Conn. - On Saturday April 5, in Storrs, Conn., the UMass women's track and field team won the UConn Invitational with 179 points, defeating three of the Northeast's biggest powerhouses. The UConn Invitational was scored with rules endorsed by the NCAA where the top eight score, however, one team cannot score more than two athletes in one event. The University of Massachusetts benefitted from the NCAA's recommendation and came out on top of the University of Connecticut, Boston College and A-10 rival, the University of Rhode Island.

The Minutewomen fired on all cylinders, scoring in every event. Kick starting the competition was Emma Robinson and Kelsey Crawford who each scored in the javelin. Robinson threw 124-feet, 5-inches for a second place mark while Crawford finished third with a distance totaling 124-feet, 4-inches. Emily Louis had the fifth best mark of the meet at 112-feet, 10-inches but did not score due to the scoring rules.

Crawford then led the way in the shot put by throwing 42-feet, 4.25-inches for a second place finish. Kaylee DeVincent held the third best mark with a distance of 38-feet, 2-inches. Margaret Riseborough was the third best on the team and the fourth best overall with a non-scoring mark of 37-feet, 4.5-inches.

In the discus it was DeVincent who came out on top for the Minutewomen with her third place mark of 125-feet, 7-inches. Alexa Fearing was the fifth best with a throw equaling 114-feet, 3-inches. Sara Wagner and Riseborough finished sixth and seventh with tosses distancing 100-feet, 4-inches and 95-feet, 10-inches respectively.



Unable to score in the discus, Wagner contributed to her team's finish in the hammer by throwing 141-feet, 7-inches. The mark placed her fourth in the meet while DeVincent scored once again with a mark of 138-feet, 2-inches and a fifth place finish. Fearing and Riseborough capped off the top eight with Fearing throwing 134-feet, 6-inches and Riseborough throwing 121-feet, 10-inches.

With Coach Jackson giving his triple jumpers a rest except for Lauren Avery who leaped 36-feet, 9-inches for a fourth place finish, the Minutewomen still managed to control the jumping events.

Kromko leaped the best mark of the meet in the long jump with her mark of 18-feet, 10.75-inches. The mark ties her personal best, which stands as the fifth best mark in UMass history. Palmer leaped 18-feet, 2.5-inches, grabbing the third best jump of the event. Recording the fifth best mark of the meet but unable to score was Camille Edwards who set a jump of 17-feet, 4.75-inches. In the pole vault Sarah Bierly came out on top with a meet best height of 10-feet, 11.75-inches. Rachel Busch finished fourth overall with a height of 10-feet. Freshmen Kaitlin Gould and Katherine Gabriele each tied for fifth with marks of 9-feet, 6.25-inches.

Katie Osborne was UMass' sole competitor in the high jump. The sophomore posted a mark of 5-feet, 0.25-inches for a third place finish.

UMass dominated on the track, led by the team's 800 meter trio of Heather MacLean, Katie Powers and Courtney Neves. MacLean continued her standout freshman campaign with a first place finish in the event and a time of 2-minutes, 15.08-seconds. Powers was the other Minutewoman to score in the event, crossing the finish line at the 2-minute, 16.45-second mark for a third place finish. Neves was close behind finishing fourth with a time of 2-minutes, 19.26-seconds.

Neves and MacLean contributed in the scoring 4x400 meter relay team as well by assisting Meghan Leahy and Krista Webb with a time of 4-minutes, 0.91-seconds. Powers was a part of the sixth place 4x400 quad consisting of herself, Gould, Andrea Saccardo and Sarah Bittermann. The team finished the event in 4-minutes, 7.40-seconds.

In the 4x100 meter relay Kayla Baldwin, Stoyle, Brittany Green and Palmer teamed up to finish in just 48.76-seconds and a third place finish overall. Crawford, Kromko, Edwards and Ashley Winn finished fourth, crossing the finish line at the 50.27-second mark.

Baldwin and Winn each scored in the 100 meter dash finishing seventh and ninth place respectively. Baldwin crossed the finish line in 12.58-seconds while Winn crossed at the 12.84-second mark.

In the 200 meter dash it was Stoyle and Palmer who were the contributors for UMass with Stoyle grabbing the fourth best time at 25.79-seconds and Palmer finishing 11 at the 26.77-second mark.

Bittermann and Leahy did not crack the top eight in the 400 meter dash. However, with the different rules Bittermann's ninth best time of 1-minute, 0.17-seconds and Leahy's 10 best time of 1-minute, 0.63-seconds scored for the team.

Also scoring the shorter distance events was Meghan Patrolia and Green. The pair finished fourth and sixth respectively in the 100 meter hurdles with times of 14.74-seconds and 15.07-seconds.

Seniors Saccardo and Sara Murphy recorded scoring times in the 400 meter hurdles while Robin Kelly and Lexi Rewick each landed in the top eight. Saccardo finished the hurdles in 1-minute, 8.91-seconds for a third place finish while Murphy placed fifth with a time of 1-minute, 9.88-seconds. Kelly placed sixth in the event at the 1-minute, 11.40-second mark while Rewick finished in 1-minute, 14-seconds for a seventh place finish.

Alexandra Purdue-Smithe recorded the fastest time in the 5,000 meter run crossing the finish line in just 18-minutes, 25.62-seconds. Sophomore Molly McMahon placed third in the event with a time of 19-minutes, 12.04-seconds.

In the 1,500 meter run Rachel Hilliard led the way for the Minutewomen with a second place time of 4-minutes, 41.91-seconds. Deirdre Martyn placed sixth overall crossing the finish line in just 4-minutes, 53.80-seconds. Carly Zinner and Mary Cole capped off the top eight with Zinner finishing seventh at the 4-minute, 56.27-second mark while Cole completed the event eighth in 4-minutes, 58.96-seconds.

UMass' top two finishers in the 3,000 meter run were Christine Davis and Sarah Barrett. Davis completed the event in 10-minutes, 31.54-seconds while Barrett crossed the finish line in 10-minutes, 49.75-seconds.

The Minutewomen are back in action next Saturday, April 12 at 11:30 AM at the UMass Track and Field Complex. The meet is the team's first time competing from the comforts of Amherst, Mass., and the meet also marks senior day for the class of 2014.

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