Women's Track

UMass' Sights Set On ECAC Championships

Freshman, Courtney Neves will make her ECAC debut on Saturday in the 4x800 meter relay.

Freshman, Courtney Neves will make her ECAC debut on Saturday in the 4x800 meter relay.

March 1, 2012

ROXBURY, Mass. - The Minutewomen will travel to Reggie Lewis Track in Roxbury, Mass. on Saturday for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. The tournament could mark the final trip in the indoor season. UMass is taking nine competitors to the meet and will compete in four events over the course of the weekend.

  • Competing individually will be seniors, Karen Roa (Jamaica, N.Y.) and Chrissy Silvar (Fitchburg, Mass.). Roa qualified for the ECACs back on February 10 at the Valentine Invitational. The senior harrier posted a time of 9:40.33 in the 3000 meter run and moved up to second in the UMass record book. Chrissy Silvar was the featured Minutewoman in this week's interview, and will be competing in the ECAC tournament for the first time in her collegiate career. The senior will compete in the pole vault on Sunday morning. Silvar qualified for the ECACs at the A-10 Championships with a mark of 11-09.75. The mark also projected her to fourth overall in the tournament and landed her fourth best all-time at UMass in the pole vault.

  • The other two events the Minutewomen will compete in are the 4x800 meter relay and distance medley relay. The sole event for UMass on Saturday will be the 4x800 meter relay. The relay squad will consist of Deanna Julian (Dudley, Mass.), Sarah Bitterman (Marblehead, Mass.), and a pair of freshman, Katie Powers (Holbrook, Mass.) and Courtney Neves (New Bedford, Mass.). On Sunday the distance medley relay squad will get their shot at making an impact in the standings. The running the relay on Sunday for UMass will be Courtney Baldwin (Lowell, Mass.), Michelle Jenssen (Mansfield, Mass.), Meghan Leahy (Sterling, Mass.), and Rachel Hilliard (Hookstown, Pa.).


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