Harvard Invitational Marks Next Test For Women's Track And Field
Jan. 31, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -
Minutewomen Set For Showdown In Cambridge
Saturday, February 1 marks the date of the Harvard Invitational where the Minutewomen will compete in the Gordon Indoor Track in Cambridge, Mass. The meet prior to the regular season finale is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. UMass will look to continue its progression with the championship season just around the corner.
Hilliard Enters The Record Book, MacLean Continues To Thrive At Northeastern
The Minutewomen competed in the Northeastern Indoor Games Friday evening, January 24 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Mass. UMass' standout performance came from Rachel Hilliard in the unscored meet.
Hilliard completed the 3,000 meter race in 9-minutes, 52.04-seconds crossing the finish line second overall. The time stands as the fifth best in program history in the 3,000 meter run.
Another Minutewoman to thrive on the track was Heather MacLean. The freshman has fired off the blocks in her first three meets grabbing her third first place finish in the 800 meter run on Friday. MacLean finished the race in just 2-minutes, 14.69-seconds.
Read the full recap from Northeastern here.
Minutewomen Rewrite Record Book At Sorlien Invitational
Earlier in the week junior jumper Becky Stoyle said that the team's breakout performance in the season opener displayed the hard work this year and that the team plans on improving each week moving forward. The Minutewomen did just that on Saturday afternoon at the unscored Sorlien Invitational in Kingston, R.I.
Sophomore multi and high jumper Katie Osborne made the biggest jump in the record book with her height of 5-feet, 7-inches in the high jump. The mark now gives her the second best height all-time at UMass and was good enough for second place in the meet.
Fellow sophomore multi Kelsey Crawford has made a name for herself in the Atlantic 10 for her throwing abilities early in her career. On Saturday Crawford threw 43-feet, 7.25-inches in the shot put placing her first in the meet and fourth all-time at UMass.
UMass finished four in the top eight in both the long jump and triple jump. Courtney Kromko was one-of-three Minutewomen to place in the top eight of both events with two second place finishes. The junior leaped 38-feet, 6.5-inches in the triple jump placing her fifth in UMass history. She placed second in the long jump as well with a 17-foot, 9.75-inch jump.
Read the full recap from Rhode Island here.
Talent In All Areas On Display In Season Opener
Saturday was an encouraging day for the Minutewomen on the track and in the field. The meet was highlighted by the team's surplus of talent in the 800 meter run, scoring three in the top eight. Heather MacLean led the pack, finishing first overall in the event. The highly touted freshman out of Peabody, Mass. completed the race in just 2-minutes, 17.08-seconds.
Once again Coach Jackson's jumpers turned in impressive performances in their first meet. Becky Stoyle led the group with a 40-foot leap in the triple jump to finish first in the event. Fellow junior Courtney Kromko was not far behind with a 38-foot, 0.25-inch jump in the event for a fifth place finish.
Read the full recap from the season opener here.