Throwers Launch Minutewomen Through Holy Cross Invitational
April 20, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. - UMass women's track and field finished second of seven with a total of 168.5 points in Saturday's Holy Cross Invitational in Worcester, Mass. The Minutewomen scored 64 points just in throwing events with 12 top eight finishes. Rachelle Bourque and Nalis Mbianda each grabbed first place finishes, Bourque won the javelin while Mbianda won the shot put.
Mbianda started the day off right for her teammates, leading the way in the shot put with a mark of 45-feet, 4.25-inches. The Minutewomen would follow up, placing second, third and fourth in the event. Kelsey Crawford was the runner-up, throwing 42-feet, 1.25-inches. Bourque finished with a mark that placed her third in the field of 10. The Rowley, Mass. native threw 41-feet, 2.50-inches. Rounding out the top four was Kaylee DeVincent who threw 40-feet, 1.25-inches.
Bourque launched the javelin 129-feet, 2-inches for her first place finish. She was trailed by two freshmen, one in third and the other in sixth. Emma Robinson placed third with a 112-foot-7-inch mark. The sixth place finisher was Emily Louis, who threw 105-feet, 4-inches.
In the discus it was DeVincent who threw the best for the Minutewomen with a 124-feet, 8-inch mark, placing her third in the event. DeVincent was followed by Mbianda in sixth place and Alexa Fearing in seventh. Mbianda threw 107-feet, 8-inches while Fearing set a mark of 105-feet. DeVincent struck again in the hammer throw. The senior threw 130-feet, 8-inches and would eventually be beaten by Sara Wagner who threw an even 131-feet.
For the first week this outdoor season the Minutewomen did not place a jumper in first place, however they did score 45.5 points in the jumping events. Courtney Kromko placed second in the triple jump, leaping 38-feet, 4.75-inches. The sophomore was the team's only competitor in the event due to giving Becky Stoyle a week of rest.
In the high jump Rebecca Banker and Katie Osborne each jumped 5-feet, 1-inches. The pair tied for fourth. Sarah Bierly again led the way in the pole vault, vaulting 10-feet, 6-inches. The freshman placed fifth while Rachel Busch placed sixth. Alexandra Rewick then grabbed the eight spot at 10-feet.
UMass scored 21 points in the long jump alone, placing four in the top eight. Katherine Finnegan led the way with an 18-foot, 9.25-inch jump and placing second in the event. The next best mark in third place was Ashley Palmer. The sophomore leaped 18-feet, 6-inches. The other two Minutewomen to score in the long jump were Kromko and Stoyle. Kromko placed fifth while Stoyle finished sixth, the better of the jumped 18-feet, 3-inches while Stoyle set a mark of 18-feet, 2.25-inches. The 100 meter dash was once again a scoring event for UMass. Emma Riedel ran a 12.31-second race for fourth in a field of 28. The senior was joined by Palmer who scored in the top eight as well with a seventh place finish and a time of 12.65-seconds. Riedel then struck again in the 200 meter dash with a seventh place finish and a time of 26.17-seconds.
Freshman, Meghan Patrolia was the lone scorer in the 100 meter hurdles finishing in 15.39-seconds. The Minutewomen scored a pair in the 400 meter hurdles with Andrea Saccardo and Maria Marascia. Saccardo finished third in 1-minute, 6.96-seconds, Marascia finished just behind her at fourth with a time of 1-minute, 7.02-seconds.
Michelle Jenssen was busy on Saturday, scoring in the 400 meter dash but also competing in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and finished the day competing in the third place 4x400 meter relay where she ran her best time of the day. In the 400 Jenssen finished fourth, completing the race in 59.74-seconds.
The 800 meter run featured three Minutewomen in the top eight. Sarah Bittermann, Meghan Leahy and Katie Powers. Bittermann paced the pack with a time of 2-minutes, 14.81-seconds for a third place finish. She was immediately followed by Leahy in fourth at 2-minutes, 15.77-seconds. Powers claimed the eight spot at 2-minutes, 19.38-seconds.
Carly Zinner and Rachel Hilliard each finished in the top eight in the 1500 meter run. Zinner placed sixth while Hilliard finished eighth, the freshman finished the race in 4-minutes, 45.98-seconds. Hilliard completed the event in 4-minutes, 49.05-seconds. Alexandra Purdue-Smithe finished fourth in the 5000 meter run, crossing the finish line at 17-minutes, 56.21-seconds. Megan Cummings followed her in eighth at 18-minutes, 23.93-seconds.
The Minutewomen grabbed a pair of third place finishes in the relays. Riedel, Palmer, Finnegan and Meghan Landry all combined for a time of 48.83-seconds in the 4x100 meter relay. Bittermann, Leahy, Jenssen and Courtney Neves teamed up in the 4x400 meter relay, finishing at 3-minutes, 56.49-seconds.
Earlier in the week, Kelsey Crawford placed second in the heptathlon scoring a total of 4,508 points throughout the events. Next week it is senior day, the team's final home meet of the outdoor season and the final meet prior to the A-10 Conference Championships.