WT&F Crowns Two On Day Two Of A-10's
May 5, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Minutewomen finished seventh of 13 with 67 points in the Atlantic 10 Championship finale Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C. The team once again found most of its success in the field and was able to grab two gold and a bronze medal on the day. The first of the two champions was Kelsey Crawford who fought through two days of tough competition to win her first gold medal in the heptathlon. The freshman scored a total of 4685 points and was just 25 points ahead of Temple's Kiersten LaRoche. Crawford scored most of her points with her talents in throwing events with a first place mark in the javelin and the shot put. Her 4685 points is also a personal best and she currently has the third best score in UMass history. Crawford is the first Minutewoman to win the heptathlon since Melissa Ward in 2000. The Houston, Texas native then scored later in the shot put with a seventh place mark of 43-feet, 3.75-inches.
Becky Stoyle grabbed the attention of the entire facility in the triple jump when she battled with Duquesne's Brittany Edwards through the final jump of the day. Stoyle was second to Edwards until she busted out a golden leap of 42-feet, 3.25-inches. The mark is a personal best by 4.5-inches and breaks her own UMass record. This is her second Atlantic 10 Championship this year and her first outdoor championship. She becomes the 21st Minutewoman to be the indoor and outdoor champion in an event in the same year and is the first since Stephanie Aguguo in 2011.
Nalis Mbianda placed third in the shot put and stood on the podium for the first time in her collegiate career. She is the first all-conference Minutewoman in the shot put since Carole LaPlante in 2001 and she is just the second Minutewoman to place in the top three in the shot put at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
The Minutewomen were able to score in two relay events, first grabbing seventh in the 4x100 meter relay and eighth later in the 4x800 meter relay. Emma Riedel, Meghan Landry, Ashley Palmer and Katherine Finnegan ran their fastest time of the year, completing the 4x100 in 48.10-seconds. Sarah Bittermann, Katie Powers, Meghan Leahy and Erika Unger would then run a combined time of 9:12.29 in the 4x800 meter relay.
The women's track and field squad will compete in the New England Championship next weekend in Easton, Mass. at Stonehill College. The championship meet will begin at 10:00 A.M.
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