Heather MacLean Sets UMass Record On Day One Of A-10's
May 3, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - On Saturday in Amherst, Mass., UMass hosted day one of the 2014 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship and sits in sixth place going into day two. UMass scored eight competitors in the top eight and qualified one competitor in the preliminary round. In the process UMass recorded three marks that were worthy of rewriting the UMass record book.
UMass standout freshman, Heather MacLean ran the fastest time in UMass history with her first place effort in the preliminaries of the 800 meter run. The Peabody, Mass., native finished the event in just 2-minutes, 8.78-seconds. She now holds the UMass indoor and outdoor records in the event.
MacLean's effort eclipsed the previous record by .70-seconds. The time just missed the A-10 record by .44-seconds and the facility record that was set earlier this season by .70-seconds. Tomorrow she will compete in the finals of the 800 meter run as well as the 4x800 meter relay.
Sarah Barrett competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase once again for the Minutewomen. The redshirt junior ran the fourth fastest time in UMass history clocking in at the 11-minute, 18.82-second mark. The time placed her 12 overall in the competition.
The Minutewomen scored three in the javelin with two throws good enough to land in the UMass record book. Kelsey Crawford led the way in fourth place with a 141-foot throw placing her second in UMass history. Crawford's former teammate and now volunteer coach, Rachelle Bourque holds the UMass record with her NCAA Regional qualifying throw of 150-feet, 5-inches that she set last year.
Next in the javelin and recording the fourth best throw in UMass history was Emma Robinson with a toss distancing 134-feet, 6-inches. The mark placed her sixth in the event overall. Emily Louis capped off the scoring eight with her throw of 120-feet, 10-inches.
Also scoring in throws was Sara Wagner in the hammer. Wagner launched a throw distancing 153-feet, 1-inch to place eighth in the event.
UMass once again scored a trio of Minutewomen in the long jump with Courtney Kromko leading the way in fourth place. She leaped 18-feet, 8.5-inches and was followed by Ashley Palmer in sixth with a leap equaling 18-feet, 2.25-inches. Camille Edwards was the eighth place finisher just missing the 18-foot mark with a jump distancing 17-feet, 11-inches.
One freshman scored for the Minutewomen on day one with a seventh place effort. Sprinter and vaulter, Katlin Gould set a height of 10-feet, 8-inches to tie for seventh place in the pole vault.
The Atlantic 10 Championship will continue tomorrow, May 4 at 8:45 AM.