Minutewomen Come Out On Top At Pre-Conference Meet
April 27, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. - On Saturday in Durham, N.H., the UMass women's track and field team defeated seven teams to win the annual Pre-Conference Meet with 188 points. UMass came out on top of New Hampshire, Vermont, Dartmouth, Central Connecticut, UMass Lowell and Maine. Highlighting the meet was Kelsey Crawford who set a personal best in the shot put and climbed the record book in the process.
Crawford threw 45-feet, 5-inches in the shot put to win the event and has the third best mark recorded in UMass history. She later finished second in the javelin with a throw distancing 129-feet, 10-inches.
Also scoring in the javelin was Emma Robinson and Emily Louis. Robinson owned the third best mark of the meet with a 117-foot, 5-inch throw. Louis was the seventh place finisher with a 101-foot, 8-inch throw.
DeVincent scored for the Minutewomen in both, the discus and the hammer. The better of the two scoring performances came in the discus with a second place effort and a 129-foot, 1-inch mark. She then was the third Minutewoman to place in the hammer with a seventh place finish and a 141-foot throw. Sara Wagner and Alexa Fearing each scored ahead of DeVincent with Wagner placing fourth and Fearing placing sixth. Wagner threw 156-feet, 6-inches and Fearing threw 141-feet.
The Minutewomen finished in the top three of both, the long and the triple jump. Courtney Kromko led the way in the long jump with a leap of 17-feet, 11-inches. Camille Edwards grabbed the second spot with a mark of 17-feet, 8.25-inches. In third place was Ashley Palmer who leaped 17-feet, 6.25-inches.
Kromko was then the runner-up to teammate and fellow junior Becky Stoyle in the triple jump. Stoyle leaped 40-feet, 3.5-inches and Kromko jumped 37-feet, 7.75-inches. Freshman Lauren Avery was the third place finisher in the event. Avery set a distance of 36-feet, 8.5-inches.
On the track once again the Minutewomen thrived in the 800 meter run. Heather MacLean, Katie Powers, Courtney Neves and Krista Webb all improved their times and scored in the event. MacLean place first overall and just missed a top five time in UMass history with her time of 2-minutes, 11.68-seconds. Powers was the third place finisher crossing the finish line at the 2-minute, 13.38-second mark. Neves finished just behind Powers completing the event in 2-minutes, 14.13-seconds for a fourth place finish. Webb was the final Minutewoman to score in the event with a sixth place finish.
Rachel Hilliard was the second place finisher in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4-minutes, 35.82-seconds. She was followed by Carly Zinner in seventh place with a time of 4-minutes, 45.91-seconds.
UMass recorded 13 scoring performances in faster events on the track. In the 4x400 meter relay Neves, Powers, MacLean and Bittermann combined for a time of 3-minutes, 59.54-seconds to finish first in the event. UMass scored two more relay teams with a fourth and fifth place finish.
Winn and Palmer finished third and seventh in the 100 meter dash respectively. Winn finished the event in 12.89-seconds while Palmer completed it in 13.19-seconds.
Baldwin was the sole scorer in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.52-seconds to place fifth overall.
In the 400 meter dash Bittermann ran a time of 59.81-seconds for a third place finish and Kaitlin Gould finished fourth at the 1-minute, 1.57-second mark.
In hurdles Meghan Patrolia was the only Minutewoman to score in the 100 meter hurdles with a fourth place finish and a time of 15.56-seconds. The Minutewomen then scored three in the 400 meter hurdles. Robin Kelly, Andrea Saccardo and Sara Murphy finished sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Kelly finished in 1-minute, 8.72-seconds while Saccardo completed the hurdles in 1-minute, 9.70-seconds and Murphy ran the event in 1-minute, 9.86-seconds.
Next weekend the championship season awaits the Minutewomen. Saturday and Sunday May 3 and 4 UMass will host the 2014 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship at the UMass Track and Field Complex.
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