Minutewomen Continue Outdoor Success In First Home Meet
April 14, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Minutewomen for a second week straight found success in a variety of events placing third overall in a field of 19 with 94 points, falling short of UConn and Boston College. However in just Division-I competition UMass found itself in a very tight finish in the top three in a field of seven. UMass finished second in D-I competition with 117 points, just falling a point short of UConn and a point ahead of Boston College. Becky Stoyle was one of the team's two competitors to finish first in an event with the other being Hannah White in the 10,000 meter run. The Minutewomen battled to score eight in the top three.
Becky Stoyle led the way in the field with her first place finish in the triple jump. The sophomore's leap of 40-feet, 9-inches moves her up to second all-time in program history, passing Janey Meeks and creeping up on Stephanie Aguguo's record of 41-feet, 3.75-inches. Courtney Kromko placed third in the event, setting a personal best for the second week in a row with a mark of 38-feet, 6.25-inches.
Katharine Finnegan is now fourth all-time at UMass in the outdoor long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 11.75-inches. The mark was second was good enough for second overall while Ashley Palmer's personal best of 18-feet, 6-inches placed her in third. In the high jump Katie Osborne set a height of 5-feet, 3.25-inches for a fifth place finish.Sarah Bierly placed seventh in the pole vault, vaulting two inches better than last week with a height of 10-feet, 8-inches.
The Minutewomen placed three in the shot put with Mbianda finishing in second with a toss of 45-feet, 10.5-inches. Kelsey Crawford threw 43-feet, 5.75-inches placing her in third and Rachelle Bourque's mark of 41-feet, 1-inch was good enough for seventh. Bourque then placed second in the javelin and was followed by Emma Robinson in eighth. Kaylee DeVincent scored in the women's discus, throwing 126-feet, 3-inches placing seventh in the event.
Hannah White set a personal best time and finished first for the first time in her collegiate career in the 10,000 meter run. The sophomore harrier finished the race in 39-minutes, 47.58-seconds. Emma Riedel finished seventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.63-seconds and Alexandra Purdue-Smithe placed seventh in 5,000 meter run, crossing the finish line at 17:55.26. In the 400 meter hurdles the Minutewomen scored two in the top eight. Andrea Saccardo had the better time of the two completing the event in 1-minute, 6.31-seconds for a fourth place finish. Maria Marascia finished seventh with a time of 1:07.52.
Coach LaFreniere was once again able to put together three successful relay teams, one in the 4x100 and to in the 4x400. The 4x100 meter relay quad finished fourth with a time of 48.89-seconds. The 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Tiffany Williams, Meghan Leahy, Sarah Bittermann and Michelle Jenssen also finished fourth with a time of 4-minutes flat. The second 4x400 team finished seventh with a time of 4-minutes, 6.77-seconds.
The Minutewomen will compete in the Holy Cross Invitational on April 20 and will send their multi athletes early to compete in the Holy Cross Heptathlon taking place the 18th and 19th. The meet is set to start at 10:00 A.M. Saturday with the heptathlon starting at 11:30 A.M. both days.