Women's Track Takes Third At New England Championship
May 10, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. - The UMass women's track and field team took third place at the New England Championship with 61.5 points on Saturday in Westfield, Mass. The University of Rhode Island won the championship meet with 77 points, slighting Southern Connecticut State with 76 points. Heather MacLean, Becky Stoyle and the 4x800 meter relay all claimed gold medals in the New England finale.
The 4x800 meter relay team consisting of Courtney Neves, Meghan Leahy, Rachel Hilliard ran for a combined time of 9-minutes, 0.67-seconds to claim the gold medal in front of Boston College. After her photo finish at the A-10 Championship a week ago, Powers played a critical role in the gold medal performance by running a personal best time of 2-minutes, 10-seconds as the anchor.
This is the third consecutive Outdoor New England 4x800 title for Neves, Leahy and Powers. The time stands as the fifth fastest time in UMass history and the trio of Neves, Leahy and Powers have recorded four of the five fastest times over the course of the last three years. Together the three Minutewomen own the second, third, fourth and fifth best 4x800 times in UMass history.
MacLean broke her own UMass record and fell just .34-seconds shy of the New England record with her golden time of 2-minutes, 7.41-seconds. This is the freshman's second consecutive New England Championship in the 800 meter run. She is the only Minutewoman to become an indoor and outdoor New England Champion as a freshman in the last 20 years.
In the triple jump, Stoyle defended her title with a leap of 40-feet, 8.75-inches. The mark gave the Pembroke, Mass., native her fourth consecutive New England Championship. Stoyle is the only Minutewoman to win four consecutive New England titles in the last 20 years.
Making her way to the podium for the second day in a row was Kelsey Crawford. After her third place throw in the javelin on Friday, the sophomore threw 45-feet, 6.25-inches to place third in the shot put. The mark is a personal best and keeps her third on the UMass all-time list.
Also scoring in the field was Courtney Kromko and Katie Osborne. Kromko placed eighth with a jump distancing an even 38-feet in the triple jump while Osborne set a height of 5-feet, 5-inches to place seventh in the high jump.
Before Hilliard ran the 4x800 the junior harrier placed fourth in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4-minutes, 31.96-seconds. Meghan Patrolia and Brittany Green also scored on the track in the 100 meter hurdles. Patrolia finished fifth with a time of 14.84-seconds while Green placed seventh at the 14.00-second mark.
Next weekend a handful of Minutewomen will compete at the ECAC Championship looking to better their times and marks this season and qualify for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship.