Minutewomen Take Second As A Team On Senior Day
April 12, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - On Saturday April 12 in front of a home crowd for the first time in 2014, the University of Massachusetts women's track and field team placed second out of eleven teams. UMass' field performers excelled on the UMass Track and Field Complex scoring as many as five athletes in one event. Coach LaFreniere's Minutewomen scored 151.6 points on senior day and were just edged out of first place in the final events of the day by Boston College with 157 points.
In the field UMass dominated the pole vault and the long jump by placing five in the top eight of the event. Freshman Kaitlyn Gould and Sarah Bierly led the way in the pole vault tying for second place with a height of 10-feet, 8-inches. Also vaulting 10-feet, 8-inches but sliding to fourth place on misses was Rachel Busch who was trailed by Lexi Rewick and Katherine Gabriele who were tied for eighth place at 9-feet, 8-inches.
Once again it was Courtney Kromko who had the best UMass finish in the long jump. The junior recorded a 17-foot, 10.25-inch jump for a second place effort. The other four Minutewomen to place in the event finished fifth through eighth with Becky Stoyle leading the quad with a jump totaling 17-feet, 6.25-inches. Katie Osborne finished just behind Stoyle with a mark of 17-feet, 1.5-inches. Lauren Avery and Ashley Palmer placed seventh and eighth with jumps equaling 17-feet, 0.5-inches and 16-feet, 10.5-inches respectively.
Stoyle, Avery and Osborne all found success in other field events as well. Stoyle had the best mark of the meet in the triple jump at 39-feet, 9.25-inches and was followed by Avery in third with a 36-foot, 7-inch leap. Osborne just missed the top five all-time program marks in the high jump with a height of 5-feet, 5.25-inches for a third place effort.
UMass finished three competitors in the top eight in three-of-four throwing events. Kelsey Crawford threw 42-feet, 6.75-inches which stood as the best mark of the meet in the shot put. Margaret Riseborough finished second event with a throw distancing 39-feet, 0.5-inches. Kaylee DeVincent placed fourth with a 38-foot, 7.5-inch throw.
DeVincent also scored in the discus with a third place throw of 132-feet, 5-inches and in the hammer with a seventh place 129-foot, 3-inch mark. Also scoring in the hammer was Sara Wagner and Alexa Fearing who finished third and sixth respectively with throws equaling 145-feet, 10-inches and 130-feet, 4-inches.
It was Crawford who also led the way in the javelin, placing fourth with a distance of 127-feet, 5-inches. Emma Robinson was just behind her with a seventh place throw of 121-feet, 6-inches. Capping off the top eight was Emily Louis with a 117-foot, 3-inch throw.
On the track the Minutewomen scored three in the 100 meter hurdles. Led by Meghan Patrolia in fourth place and a time of 14.73-seconds, Brittany Green and Osborne rounded out the top eight. Green crossed the finish line in 15.22-seconds while Osborne finished at the 15.31-second mark.
Seniors finding success on the track on their senior day were Andrea Saccardo, Sarah Barrett and Katrina Martyn. Saccardo recorded the fourth best 400 meter hurdle time by completing the event in 1-minute, 7.18-seconds.
Barrett ran the steeplechase for the first time and scored with a sixth place performance, crossing the finish line in 12-minutes, 0.98-seconds. Finishing ahead of Barrett by a narrow margin was Christine Davis in fifth place at the 11-minute, 58.29-second mark.
Martyn teamed up with McMahon to score in the 5,000 meter run and finished with an eighth place performance and a time of 18-minutes, 53.55-seconds. McMahon finished with a better time crossing the finish line in 18-minutes, 24.76-seconds for a fourth place finish.
Katie Powers and Courtney Neves grabbed the seventh and eight best times of the meet in the 800 meter run. Finishing within milliseconds of each other Powers finished in 2-minutes, 16.23-seconds while Neves crossed the finish line at the 2-minute, 16.42-second mark.
Rachel Hilliard was the fifth best harrier in the 1,500 meter run crossing the finish in 4-minutes, 37.06-seconds.
UMass also found success in its relay teams. The 4x100 meter relay quad placed third in 48.45-seconds while the 4x400 meter relay placed fourth with a time of 3-minutes, 59.94-seconds.
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