BU Presents Final Test Prior To A-10s For Women's Track
Feb. 6, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. -
Regular Season Finale On Deck
The Minutewomen will compete at the Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass. on Friday at 3:00 p.m. This is the team's final test of the indoor season prior to the Atlantic 10 Championship on February 22. Coach LaFreniere's squad is coming off a stellar performance at the Harvard Invitational in which the team excelled in all aspects of the sport.
Becky Stoyle Shatters Triple Jump Record In Cambridge
Stoyle set a new program record in the indoor triple jump with Kromko following suit in the event bettering her fifth best all-time mark. The reigning indoor and outdoor Atlantic 10 and New England triple jump champion, Stoyle, leaped 41-feet, 4.5-inches ranking her 23rd in the country. Courtney Kromko was the runner up in the event with a personal best distance of 38-feet, 7.75-inches.
The third and fourth place finishers in the triple jump also hailed from UMass. Lauren Avery finished third overall with a jump equaling 37-feet, 6.5-inches. Ashley Palmer rounded out the top four with a 37-foot, .5-inch jump.
Minutewomen finished first, second and sixth in the long jump as well. Stoyle had the best distance of the meet with a mark totaling 18-feet, 3.25-inches. Kromko was once again the runner up with a 18-foot, 3-inch mark. The sixth place performance came from Palmer who leaped 17-feet, 0.5-inches in the event.
The trio of Stoyle, Kromko and Palmer finished in the top eight of the 300 meter dash as well with Stoyle once again leading the way. The Pembroke, Mass. native finished second with a time of 40.52-seconds. Palmer finished fourth in the race crossing the finish line at the 42.38-second mark. Kromko completed the event in 42.77-seconds for a seventh place finish.
On the track the gutsiest performance of the day came from Rachel Hilliard. The junior harrier out of Hookstown, Pa. ran a first place 4-minute, 59.23-second mile and then came back to run the 3,000 meter run in just 9-minutes, 54.02-seconds for a third place finish. Hilliard just missed the record book in both events.
Read the full recap from Cambridge here.
Rachel 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.