Women's Track And Field Is Golden In The 4x800 Meter Relay
May 13, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. - After a solid first day of competition, the Minutewomen were right back at it again on Saturday with the UMass relays stealing the spotlight and keeping UMass high in the team standings. After all three relays placed top eight, two top eight performances in the triple jump and a fifth place finish in the shot put, the Minutewomen placed fourth as a team at the New England Championships with 48 points. Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont placed first, second and third in the championship meet.
Besides UMass finishing a respectable fourth as a team in New Englands the 4x800 meter relay stole the spotlight for UMass. Courtney Neves (New Bedford, Mass.), Meghan Leahy (Sterling, Mass.), Claire Pettit (Warwick, N.Y.) and Katie Powers (Holbrook, Mass.) all took home the gold and set the second best time in UMass history in the relay when they crossed the finish line at 9:00.01. The last time the Minutewomen had a New England Champion was when Rachelle Bourque won the javelin throw as a freshman with a distance of 135-04.
The other two relay teams placed top eight, both contributing to the teams fourth place finish. The 4x400 meter relay consisted of Michelle Jenssen (Mansfield, Mass.), Maria Marascia (Huntington, N.Y.), Sarah Bitterman (Marblehead, Mass.), and Meghan Landry (Marshfield, Mass.). The women finished sixth with a time of 3:55.06. Kayla Baldwin (Andover, Mass.), Rebecca Stoyle (Pembroke, Mass.), Emma Riedel (Sandwich, Mass.), and Ashley Palmer (Phoenix, N.Y.) came together to finish eighth with a time of 48.52 in the 4x100 meter relay.
In the triple jump Rebecca Stoyle and Ashley Palmer both had strong performances. Stoyle placed fourth overall, leaping a distance of 38-10.50. Palmer placed sixth, falling a foot short to Stoyle with a mark of 37-10.50. Nalis Mbianda (Newton, Mass.) finished fifth in the shot put with a distance of 43-9.