Women's Track

UMass Continues To Make History At A-10 Championships

Karen Roa now has the fourth best time in UMass history in the outdoor 5,000 meter run.

Karen Roa now has the fourth best time in UMass history in the outdoor 5,000 meter run.

May 6, 2012


AMHERST, Mass. - UMass finished eighth at the Atlantic 10 Championships out of 12 teams with 45.50 points on Sunday. The team placed just behind Richmond who finished seventh in the meet with 50.50 points. UMass' best performances of the day came from the likes of Rebecca Stoyle and Karen Roa. Also competing well in day two of the A-10 Championships was junior thrower, Nalis Mbianda.

Rebecca Stoyle continued to impress coaches in the triple jump, making her way into the UMass record book for the second time in her freshman season. The Pembroke, Mass. native set the third best mark in UMass history with a personal best mark of 39-09.25, the mark also placed her third in the event. Stoyle passes Rose Bryan, Marissa Callahan and Mercedes Milligan on the UMass all-time list. Milligan was third best all-time in the triple jump with a mark of 38-05.05. Stoyle hasn't shied away from the spotlight at all in her freshman season, in fact she's thrived in it. Both of her records have come in A-10 Championship competitions. Stoyle's previous personal record was in the indoor season when she posted a mark of 38-04.75 which was good enough for fourth all-time at UMass, placing her fifth in the Indoor Atlantic 10 Championships.

Karen Roa's historic performance yesterday propelled her to another UMass record. The senior out of Jamaica, N.Y. is now fourth all-time in UMass history in the 5,000 meter run and finished the event third overall with a time of 16:50.80. She passes Judy McCrone's time of 17:07.30 and is just short of Kelley Liljeblad's third best time in UMass history of 16:49.90.

Nalis Mbianda (Newton, Mass.) also had a solid performance for the Minutewomen in the shot put. The junior thrower placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 44-08.25.



This week the Minutewomen will prepare to continue their success and carry their momentum into the New England Championships. The New England Championships will be held this Friday and Saturday at MIT.
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