4x800 Meter Relay Team And Rush Garner UMass Weekly Award
March 10, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - On Monday afternoon the UMass Sports Luncheon Committee decided they will honor women's track and field's 4x800 meter relay team and women's lacrosse's Sam Rush at this week's UMass Sports Luncheon. A total of five athletes will be praised for their weekend performances on Wednesday, March 12 at 12:00 PM in the Massachusetts Room (third floor) of the Mullins Center. This week's guest speaker is Dr. Pierre Rouzier.
On Saturday Sam Rush led the way for the Minutewomen by scoring five of UMass' 12 goals to defeat the University of New Hampshire, 12-6. The game-high five goals moved her into 5th all-time at UMass with 128 for her career.
Rush also had three groundballs and was credited with the game-winning goal, her second game-winning goal of the season. The five goals marked a season-high and her fourth game with three-or-more goals this year.
The UMass women's lacrosse team is now 6-0 on the season and ranked ninth in the country. This is just the fifth time in program history the Minutewomen started a season 6-0 and they are 1-of-11 teams left in the country with a flawless record.
In the ECAC Championship on Saturday, Women's Track and Field Head Coach Julie LaFreniere put together her best 4x800 meter relay team in 21-years. Courtney Neves, Rachel Hilliard, Katie Powers and Heather MacLean ran for a combined time of 8-minutes, 50.56-seconds, blowing away the previous UMass record by 11-seconds. The time placed the team first overall in the preliminary round of the championship meet and stands as the fifth best 4x800 time recorded in the country.
On Sunday the Minutewomen were not done re-writing the record book with Hilliard running the fourth best all-time 3,000 meter run time at UMass with a time of 9-minutes, 47.45-seconds. Neves, Powers and MacLean teamed up with Krista Webb to run the second best time in UMass history, crossing the finish line at the 8-minute, 55.56-second mark. The quad finished the race fourth with just milliseconds separating them from the second and third place finishers.
The women's track and field team will now focus of preparing for their first outdoor competition on March 28 and 29 in Jacksonville, Fla. at the UNF Spring Break Invitational.