NCAA East Preliminaries Marks The Finale For Women's Track
May 26, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Minutewomen's two NCAA regional qualifiers participated in the NCAA East Preliminary meet in Greensboro N.C., on Saturday afternoon. Rachelle Bourque was the first to compete in the javelin while Becky Stoyle waited to vie for a spot at Nationals in the triple jump later on in the meet. Neither managed to qualify for the NCAA Championship, however the pair have each put together two of the best individual seasons in UMass history.
In the triple jump, Stoyle finished 28th in a field of 48 with a leap of 40-feet, 3.25-inches. The sophomore standout missed the finals of her heat by 1-foot, 1.25-inches and would have tied for fifth overall had she leaped her personal best distance of 42-feet, 3.25-inches. The mark would have then advanced Stoyle to the NCAA Championship taking place June 5-8 in Eugene, Oregon.
Stoyle finishes the 2013 campaign achieving one of the most decorated seasons in UMass history. The Pembroke, Massachusettts native won both, the indoor and outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship as well as the indoor and outdoor New England Championship. Stoyle also achieved All-ECAC honors in indoor competition placing third in the championship meet.
The sophomore triple jumper also broke the indoor Atlantic 10 Conference record in the triple jump as well this year and is the indoor and outdoor school record holder in the event as well. Just prior to the 2013 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championship, Stoyle competed in the UMass Pre-Conference Meet where she broke the UMass Track and Field Complex facility record in the triple jump.
While attaining all her success in the triple jump, Stoyle still managed to score as a top performer in two new events this year. For the first time in her collegiate career, Stoyle competed in the pentathlon at the 2013 Indoor Atlantic 10 Championship and set the fourth best score in school history while placing seventh in the event. On a week of rest from the triple jump during the outdoor season she qualified for New Englands in the long jump, placing sixth in the meet.
Bourque threw for the final time in her collegiate career on Saturday in the javelin. The senior from Rowley, Massachusetts threw 140-feet, 8-inches to place 33rd of 48 in the preliminary meet to the NCAA Championship. Bourque's personal best would have placed her 17th overall with the winning mark coming from Lauren Kenney of Penn State who threw 177-feet, 3-inches.
Now that the senior has competed in her final meet, Bourque graduates as the school record holder in the javelin at 150-feet, 5-inches. She is a two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Champion in the javelin and has a pair of New England Championships to her credit as well after winning both championships this season.
Bourque also goes down in UMass history as one its best competitors in the shot put. She holds the fourth best mark in the indoor shot put with a distance of 43-feet, 6-inches and is fifth best all-time at UMass in outdoor competition at 43-feet, 10-inches.