On Thursday, March 27 the University of Massachusetts Women's Track and Field team will embark on its journey to Jacksonville, Fla., for the University of North Florida Spring Break Invitational. The Minutewomen will kick off their outdoor track and field campaign at 10:00 AM on Friday and Saturday at Hodges Stadium.
After a very strong finish in last year's outdoor campaign the Minutewomen are beginning their season a week early this year. The last time UMass began the outdoor season in March was 2007, this is the first time the team has competed in Florida since the NCAA East Regional Championships in 2008.
What To Look Forward To This Outdoor Season
The women's track and field team has become known as a team on the rise in the Atlantic 10 and in New England. Since last year's indoor campaign the Minutewomen have rewritten the UMass record book, improved their conference standings and have finished in the top three teams in two of the last three New England Championships.
In 2013 and 2014 combined the Minutewomen have recorded 14 indoor top five program marks or times and 11 top five performances in outdoor competition.
In the 2013 and 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships UMass has crowned five gold medalists and 10 All-Conference performers.
UMass has fought for eight gold medalists and 12 All-New England performers in the last three New England Championships.
The Minutewomen have also enjoyed success at the last two Indoor ECAC Championships with two bronze medal efforts and qualified two athletes for the Outdoor NCAA Northeast Regional Championship.
Fans will have plenty of opportunity to watch the Minutewomen compete this season with five meets within an hour and 30 minutes of campus.
The Minutewomen will compete at the UMass Track and Field Complex in two meets this season. UMass will host the Minuteman Invitational and the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Senior day is set for the Minuteman Invitational on April 12 at 11:30 AM.
Atlantic 10 Championship weekend is scheduled for May 3 and 4 with start times of 9:00 AM.
2014 Indoor Season Highlights
Becky Stoyle Earned her second ECAC bronze medal in the triple jump.
New England Championship
Becky Stoyle earned her third New England gold medal in the triple jump.
Courtney Kromko claimed her first gold medal by winning the long jump and places third in the triple jump.
Rachel Hilliard medaled for the first time as the third fastest competitor in the mile run.
Becky Stoyle was crowned champion in the triple jump for the third time in her career and finished second in the pentathlon. Awarded the 2014 Indoor Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Field Performer. Also bettered her own Atlantic 10 Championship record and now owns the Mackal Field House facility record.
Courtney Kromko placed second in the long jump and the triple jump for the first two All-Conference performances of her collegiate career.
Records Broken And Top Five All-Time Marks In UMass History
Becky Stoyle: UMass record in the triple jump. (42-0.5) | Second in the pentathlon. (3,526)