Women's Track and Field Kicks-off Indoor Season
Dec. 6, 2004
BOSTON - The University of Massachusetts women's track and field team opened its 2004-05 indoor campaign at the Boston University Five Way Meet on Saturday (12/4). The Minutewomen finished the event 2-2 defeating both Providence and Maine, while losing to Boston University and New Hampshire in an institution verses institution scoring meet.
The Minutewomen were paced by several strong individual performances as UMass athletes won seven of the 17 events. Junior Christina Huff (Springfield, Mass.) was a dual winner Saturday taking the 55-meter dash as well as the 200-meter dash with times of 7.31 seconds and 25.81 seconds respectively. Also placing in the 55-meter dash were senior Shannon Williams (Swarthmore, P.A.) who ran a time of 7.81 seconds finishing seventh and sophomore Troyanah Evans (Cambridge, Mass.) who finished ninth with 7.82-second performance. Huff was supported in the 200-meter dash by All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team soccer standout freshman Britt Canfield (Southwick, Mass.) who finished fifth with a time of 27.15 seconds.
Massachusetts thrived in the mid-distance events scooping up three first-place finishes. Freshman Kendra Leighton (Brockton, Mass.) took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.99 seconds, while junior Elisabeth Budd (Springfield, Mass.) won the 500-meter dash (1:16.53). Freshman Jennifer Curtain (Medford, N.Y), senior Lauren Barrett (Braintree, Mass.), and junior Lauren Fowler (Englewood, N.J.) finishing first, second, and third, sweeping the 800-meter run.
Sophomore Katelyn O'Toole (North Andover, Mass.) won the high jump with a height of 5-feet, one-inch, while Rebecca Rufo (Wilmington, Mass.) finished third with a jump of 5-feet, one-inch. Sophomore Kristen Bakanowski (Northboro, Mass.) won the pole vault with a leap of 11-feet, five-and-1/4 inches. Freshman Sophie Browne (Scituate, Mass.) placed fourth with a height of eight feet even. Rounding out solid performances in the field events were senior Marissa Callahan (Bangkok, Thailand) who placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 33-feet, 11-inches, and senior Jen Iasiello (Barrington, R.I.) the 2003 Atlantic 10 hammer throw champion, who placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 46-feet, nine-inches.
The Minutewomen return to action Friday as they travel to North Kingston, R.I. for the URI Pentathlon. After the holiday break, the Minutewomen will then head back to Boston on Jan. 18 for the Boston University Quad Meet. The Massachusetts men's team will open its season four days later on Jan. 22 in the New Hampshire Invitational in Durham, N.H.