Jan. 18, 2012
NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. -
The UMass women's indoor track and field team will head to North Kingston, R.I. a second time this season and will compete in the GoRhody Invitational this Saturday. The Minutewomen enjoyed success last week leaving the meet with four first place finishers and four New England qualifiers. The GoRhody Invitational begins this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Last week Deanna Julian, Karen Roa, Katherine Finnegan and Nalis Mbianda walked away from the 2012 season opener with first place finishes in their events. All first place finishers, except Finnegan, qualified for New Englands. Julian competed in the 800 meter run and finished with a time of 2:17.79, a time good enough for first place in the event. Roa was the fastest in the mile run, with a time of 5:01.58. Finnegan placed first overall in the long jump with a distance of 17-00.50. Junior thrower, Mbianda also placed first in the shot put. Not far behind Mbianda, and placing second overall in the shot put was junior thrower Rachelle Bourque. Bourque posted a distance of 42-02.75, making her a New England qualifier in the shot put.
Many freshmen competed well in last week's meet and got their first taste of collegiate track and field action. Olivia Beaulieu, Ashley Palmer, and Natalie White all saw action in the 60 meter hurdles. Beaulieu took fourth in the event with a time of 9.71 and also competed in the high jump. Ashley Palmer leaped for a distance of 16-05.75 in the long jump, a distance good enough to claim third in the event. Freshman, Meghan Landry ran the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Landry also assisted the 4x400 meter relay team to a fourth place finish. Three freshmen fell in the top six in the long jump. Rebecca Stoyle claimed fourth with a distance of 16-05.25. Stoyle also took sixth in the 200 meter dash. Jaclyn Lam took action in the high jump and took sixth overall in the long jump, leaping for a distance of 16-03.25. Victoria Palmatier saw her first action in the weight throw and shot put, and Morgan Parrette was given the opportunity to compete in the high jump. Courtney Kromko was one of a few freshmen who competed in the 200 meter dash. The freshman did well in the triple jump and high jump, claiming a fifth and sixth place finish. Rachel Hilliard and Katie Powers both ran the mile run this past weekend. The duo also helped the 4x800 meter relay squad to a second place finish. Cross country harrier, Hannah White took eighth in the 3000 meter run for UMass.