Women's Track

Rachelle Bourque Claims Second New England Championship

Alexandra Purdue-Smithe placed second in the 10,000 meter run on Friday.

Alexandra Purdue-Smithe placed second in the 10,000 meter run on Friday.

May 11, 2013


EASTON, Mass. - The Minutewomen are tied with Tufts for first place in a field of 21 with 26 points after day one of the New England Championship at Stonehill College. Julie LaFreniere's squad also reigned in their sixth gold medal of the year on Friday when Rachelle Bourque threw 150-feet 5-inches in the javelin to win her second New England Championship of her four year career. The mark shatters her previous UMass record of 143-feet, 1-inch and qualifies her for NCAA East Regionals in two weeks.

Also scoring for the Minutewomen after the best race of her collegiate career last week was Alexandra Purdue-Smithe. The Sharon, Mass. native was able to find another gear and pass Stonehill in the final 150 meters to finish second in the 10,000 meter run. Purdue-Smithe completed the event in 38-minutes, 8.80-seconds.

Katherine Finnegan leaped one last time in the long jump and placed fourth in the meet with a distance of 19-feet. She was followed by her teammate Ashley Palmer in sixth place and a leap of 18-feet, 6-inches.

After winning the Atlantic 10 Championship last week in the heptathlon, freshman standout Kelsey Crawford is at it again leading the pack in the heptathlon with just three events to go. Fellow freshman Katie Osborne is also in the mix to score in the event as well.

The Minutewomen begin competition at Stonehill College again tomorrow at 12 PM. Becky Stoyle will look to grab her fourth gold medal in the triple jump this season.



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