WORCESTER, Mass. -
The Minutwomen continued to perform in their events and walk away from the Holy Cross Invitational runners up to the host of the meet, Holy Cross. They collected 138 points, placing the Minutewomen second of seven teams. UMass has fired out of the gates this outdoor season strong, tallying up two second place finishes and one first place finish as a team in the first three weeks of the season. The Minutewomen also walk away from the Holy Cross Invite with three New England Championship qualifiers. The team remained strong in the throws, with Nalis Mbianda (Newton, Mass.) and Rachelle Bourque (Rowley, Mass.) leading the way again in the shot put and javelin.
Juniors, Nalis Mbianda and Rachelle Bourque both gave strong performances in their throwing events. Nalis walked away with another first place mark in the shot put with a distance of 44-0.50. She also placed third in the discus throw with a mark of 120-04. Bourque was best in the javelin, throwing a mark of 128-07. She also finished just behind her teammate Mbianda in the shot put, placing second with a distance of 41-6.50. Senior, Jennifer Simao also gave a strong showing in the javelin throw, hurling the javelin for a distance of 109-00, placing her third in the event.
Three freshmen gave solid performances in the triple and long jumps on Saturday. Ashley Palmer (Phoenix, N.Y.) qualified herself for New Englands in the long jump, placing first in the event with a distance of 17-8.25. Not far behind was Camille Edwards (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in third place with a mark of 17-4.00. In the triple jump it was Courtney Kromko (Waymart, Pa.) who came out on top leaping the largest distance of 35-6.75.
On the track Sarah Bitterman (Marblehead, Mass.) finished first in the 400 meter hurdles, qualifying for the New England Championships with a time of 1:03.17. Also giving a New England qualifying performance was Kayla Baldwin (Andover, Mass.) in the 100 meter dash. The sophomore finished fourth overall with a time of 12.59. Also giving strong performances were Rachel Hilliard (Hookstown, Pa.), Meghan Landry (Marshfield, Mass.) and Courtney Neves (New Bedford, Mass.). Hilliard finished third with a time of 4:46.46 in the 1500 meter run. Courtney Neves just missed her personal best she set last week in the 800 meter dash. She placed third crossing the finish line at 2:15.34. Meghan Landry set a personal best at UMass in the 400 meter run. She placed sixth with a time of 59.14. Landry was also a part of the 4x400 meter relay team and was assisted by Katie Powers (Holbrook, Mass.), Claire Pettit (Warwick, N.Y.) and Sarah Bitterman. The relay squad finished second and had a season best time of 3:54.30.
Next Saturday the team will travel to UNH for the Pre-Conference Meet at 11:30 a.m. The final meet of outdoor competition before the Minutewomen come home to UMass for the Atlantic 10 Championships on May 5 and 6.