Becky Stoyle Rewrites The Record Books On Senior Day
April 27, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - On Saturday afternoon the Minutewomen once again were the best women's team of the meet finishing first of eight with 164.5 points as they hosted the UMass Pre-Conference Meet. The team placed 34 competitors in the top eight while winning four of the events and fighting for 18 times or distances that qualify for the New England Championship.
Becky Stoyle highlighted the day with her best jump of her collegiate career. The sophomore leaped 41-feet, 10.75-inches in the triple jump. The mark shatters the school by seven inches and facility record by three inches. The facility record was held by reigning outdoor A-10 Champion in the triple jump Brittany Cloudy of Charlotte. Stoyle surpassed Stephanie Aguguo's best mark of 41-feet, 3.75-inches. She now has the indoor A-10 record and the UMass indoor and outdoor records to go along with her indoor Atlantic 10 and New England gold medal in the event. The Pembroke, Mass. native is the favorite to win the conference championships next weekend.
Another Minutewoman to claim the top mark in her event thus far in the season is Katherine Finnegan. The senior has been inching towards the 19-foot mark all season long and was able to break out a 19-foot, 9.5-inch leap in the long jump on senior day. The distance makes her the favorite in the A-10 so far and places her second in UMass program history behind Shelanda Irish at 20-feet, 2.25-inches.
Behind Stoyle and Finnegan, Courtney Kromko set a personal best of her own in both, the long jump and the triple jump and moved into the top five all-time best marks at UMass. Her leap of 39-feet, 6.5-inches placed her second to Stoyle and moved her into third all-time at UMass in the triple jump. She then leaped 18-feet, 8-inches in the long jump for a second place finish to Finnegan.
Ashley Palmer followed up in third with a personal best of her own at 18-feet, 7.75-inches in the long jump. Katie Osborne grabbed eighth in the event at 16-feet, 10.5-inches. Osborne then placed sixth in the high jump, leaping 5-feet, 3.25-inches. The height was two inches higher than Rebecca Banker who set a mark of 5-feet, 1.25-inches.
Another senior finding success in their event on senior day was Nalis Mbianda who set a personal best, besting her own second best all-time distance in the shot put. The senior out of Newton, Mass. threw 46-feet, 10.25-inches for a first place finish. She was then followed by freshman standout, Kelsey Crawford in second place at 44-feet, 1.50-inches and then Rachelle Bourque in third at 41-feet, 6.50-inches. Kaylee DeVincent threw 38-feet, 7.50-inches to place fifth in the meet.
Mbianda set another personal best in the discus, placing third with a distance of 129-feet, 9-inches. DeVincent also scored in the event with a mark of 123-feet, 11-inches for a sixth place finish. Sarah Wagner placed ninth in the event but would then score in the hammer throw with an eighth place mark of 128-feet, 7-inches.
Rachelle Bourque threw 141-feet, 9-inches in the javelin in order to place second in a field of 22. She was joined by Emily Louis who also scored in the javelin with a sixth place finish and a mark of 125-feet, 3-inches.
In the 100 meter dash senior Emma Riedel ran the event in just 12.60-seconds and placed third in the event. The Minutewomen would then go on to score three in the 800 meter run. Sarah Bittermann led the pack in fourth with a time of 2-minutes, 14.25-seconds. Katie Powers was close behind in sixth, crossing the finish line at 2-minutes, 15.51-seconds. Grabbing the eight spot was Meghan Leahy at 2-minutes, 15.68-seconds.
Rachel Hilliard set a personal best in the 1,500 meter run with a fourth place finish. The sophomore finished in 4-minutes, 43.19-seconds. Megan Cummings then took on the 3,000 meter steeplechase and finished third in the event with a time of 11-minutes, 54.33-seconds.
UMass then scored four in the 5,000 meter run with Alexandra Purdue-Smithe and Caprice Cappucci placing third and fourth to lead the way for the Minutewomen. Purdue-Smith clocked in at 18-minutes, 21.28-seconds while Cappucci finished the event in 18-minutes, 31.66-seconds. Hannah White then placed sixth in the event at 19-minutes, 24.92-seconds and Sarah Burke finished off the top eight at 19-minutes, 42.81-seconds.
The Minutewomen grabbed four scoring places in the hurdles, with three coming in the 100 meter hurdles. Meghan Patrolia led UMass in fourth place and a time of 15.53-seconds. Osborne and Crawford then placed seventh and eighth in the event just .02-seconds apart. Osborne completed the hurdles in 15.75-seconds while Crawford finished at 15.77-seconds. Andrea Saccardo then grabbed sixth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1-minute, 6.60-seconds.
In relays the Minutewomen scored in both, the 4x100 and the 4x400 meter relay. Early in the meet, Riedel, Meghan Landry, Palmer and Finnegan all contributed to a third place effort and a time of 48.31-seconds. The UMass squad finished the meet in exciting fashion holding off Northeastern in the end thanks to a team effort by Erika Unger, Bittermann, Leahy and Michelle Jenssen. The quad crossed the finish line first at 3-minutes, 53.57-seconds and just .29-seconds ahead of Northeastern.
The Minutewomen will travel down to Charlotte, N.C. for the 2013 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Conference Championship on Friday. The championship meet will be held on Saturday and Sunday.