Rachelle Bourque Crowned Javelin A-10 Champion
May 4, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - To start off the Atlantic 10 Championship Rachelle Bourque was an early inspiration to her teammates, claiming her second A-10 Championship in her career at UMass. Bourque becomes the first Minutewoman to win back-to-back outdoor championships since Christina DeRosa back in 2007 and 2008 in the 10,000 meter run. In the process, her golden mark of 143-feet, 1-inch broke her own school record. UMass stands in fourth place overall in the meet with 36 total points.
Katherine Finnegan was another favorite who competed early in the meet. She grabbed second in the long jump with a mark of 19-feet, 1.25-inches. She was runner up to Duquesne's Brittany Edwards who leaped her best mark of the year, jumping 19-feet, 6.25-inches.
On a day when many Minutewomen ran, jumped and threw personal bests, Alexandra Purdue-Smithe ran a personal best that now stands as the fourth best time in UMass history for the 10,000 meter run. Purdue-Smithe finished 12th overall with a time of 37:23.57.
The Minutewomen were able to score two behind Finnegan in the long jump. Courtney Kromko set a personal best of 18-feet, 10.75-inches for fourth place in the long jump while Ashley Palmer placed seventh at 18-feet, 5.25-inches.
The pole vault was another event where the Minutewomen were able to score multiple athletes. The team was able to place Sarah Bierly and Rachel Busch in the top eight, each vaulting 10-feet, 8.75-inches in the event. Bierly placed fourth, just ahead of Busch in fifth place.
Freshman Emily Louis managed to throw her way into the finals with Rachelle Bourque. The Chelmsford, Mass. native threw 117-feet, 8-inches in order to place seventh in her first Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
On the track three more UMass runners who are scheduled for relay events Sunday ran personal best times on Saturday afternoon. Emma Riedel ran the 100 meter dash in just 12.30-seconds. The senior will contribute in the 4x100 meter relay on Sunday. Courtney Neves ran a time of 2-minutes, 14.39-seconds in the 800 meter run while Andrea Saccardo ran the 400 meter hurdles in just 1-minute, 5.32-seconds.
Two freshman multis finish the day in the hunt to score points in the heptathlon. Kelsey Crawford sits at second place while her teammate Katie Osborne is in seventh place with three events left to go on Sunday.
The Minutewomen will be back in action on Sunday morning at 8:30 A.M. in Charlotte, N.C.
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