Women's Track

UMass Track & Field Comes Home For UMass Six-Way Meet

Shiyi Zan is one of the top distance runners for the Minutewomen.

Shiyi Zan is one of the top distance runners for the Minutewomen.

April 8, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass Track & Field Comes Home For UMass Six-Way Meet

Minutemen finished third last season, while Minutewomen ranked second.

  • Home Meet Information
    The UMass men's and women's track and field teams host their first meet of the season at the UMass Track & Field Complex. Running events kick off at 11:15 a.m. with the men's 10,000M on the track first. Field competition starts simultaneously on the infield with men's and women's shot put. Last season, the Minutewomen ranked second while the Minutemen placed third overall.

    There's No Place Like Home

  • Last season the Minutewomen ranked second of nine teams.
  • Multiple athletes had outstanding performances at the UMass Track & Field Complex last season. Kristen Bakanowski grabbed the gold in the pole vault with a NCAA qualifying standard height of 12-07.50, setting a new school record. Lisa Wilson earned first in the shot put with a throw of 42-09.50 for the third-best throw in UMass history. Wilson also took first in the hammer and second in the discus.
  • The Minutemen ranked third of nine teams overall.
  • The Minutemen dominated the 1500 meter run last season with seven of the top ten spots. Josh Boone ranked first, while Andrew McCann crossed just behind him in second. Nicolai Naranjo, Kris Carle, and Ryan Diorio finished fourth, fifth, and sixth. Sean Duncan and Nils Fischer placed eighth and tenth respectively. Sam Laorenza ranked fourth in the 400 meter with a time of 49.46. Tyler Cotto also finished fourth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.95 seconds. UMass At UConn



  • The Minutewomen are off to a great start thus far in the 2009 outdoor season, ranking third at the UConn Invitational. Stephanie Aguguo set the second-best mark in school history in the triple jump with a distance of 38-07.00, ranking first overall at the meet. Ida Okkonen also grabbed a gold medal in the long jump with a distance of 17-11.50. Kristen Bakanowski scoed ten for the Minutewomen with a first place finish in the pole vault with a mark of 11-11.75.
  • Also scoring for the Minutewomen, Lisa Wilson was in mid-season form, ranking second in the discus (142-02), third in the hammer (164-06), and fourth in the shot put (41-07.00). On the track, Brittany Bakanowski came in second for UMass in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.99.
  • The Minutemen also recorded solid times at the UConn Invitational. Andrew Mulvaney finished second in the 5000 meter. Twins David and Kevin Johnson came in third and fourth in the same event with times of 15:00.92 and 15:01.81 respectively. Ranking sixth, Robert Deegan ran the 5000 in 15:25.37. Sonny Gamble and Jason Ayr finished seventh and eighth respectively.
  • Another dominate race for the Minutemen was the 400 meter hurdles, where UMass placed three runners in the top eight. Michael McDonough, Daniel Schwartz, and Jason Dwyer finished third, fourth, and eighth respectively, all with times under 1:00.00.

    Minutewomen Solid During Indoor Season

  • Redshirt senior Kristen Bakanowski (Northboro, Mass.) ranked third at the ECAC Championship's with a season-best height of 12-09.50.
  • Sophomore Stephanie Aguguo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made her first appearance at the ECAC's ranking 21st with a distance of 37-03.75.
  • Newcomer Ida Okkonen (Kuopio, Finland) finished 23rd with a mark of 17-04.00 in the long jump at ECAC's.

    Men Run At IC4A Championship

  • Seven Minutemen and three relay squads competed at the IC4A Championships during the indoor season.
  • One of the top finishers, freshman Philip Weltman (Dedham, Mass.), ran the 400 meter event in 48.89 for a 16th place finish.
  • The DMR, solid all season, ranked 19th at IC4A's with a time of 10:06.44. The squad consisted of Schwartz, DiOrio, McCann, and Gordon.

    Minutemen Catch Records

  • Weltman finished sixth in the 400 meter run with a time of 48.45, qualifying for IC4A competition, at the Valentine Invitational. This time placed him second all-time in UMass history.
  • Sophomore Scott VanderMolen ran a season-best 2:26.83 in the 1000 meter for the fifth best time in UMass indoor track history, ranking 11th at the IC4A's

    Minutewomen Rock Record Book

  • Sophomore triple jumper Stephanie Aguguo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) earned UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week honors after triple jumping into the UMass record books at the UConn Invitational with a distance of 38-07.00. She scored ten points for the Minutewomen, ranking first overall, and beating the second place finisher by over a foot.
  • Aguguo marked a distance of 38-06.00 at the indoor Atlantic 10 Championship to secure her place in UMass indoor history as the third-best all-time. She ranked fourth overall at the meet.
  • At the same meet, sophomore transfer Ida Okkonen (Kuopio, Finland) triple jumped a distance of 36-10.25 to finish eighth overall and fifth all-time at UMass.
  • Okkonen also ranks fourth all-time at UMass in the long jump with a mark of 18-09.25 at the Great Dane Invitational during the indoor season. She finished third overall at the meet.

    Shiyi Wins Awards

  • Redshirt sophomore Shiyi Zan (Ottawa, Ontario) excelled at the Great Dane Classic, earning UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week honors. Zan won the gold in the 5000 meter with a time of 17:50.86. She also set a meet record with that time. Zan finished a full 26 seconds before the second place finisher.
  • Zan also UMass/Dinn Bros. AOW after the cross country home meet against Vermont, Maine, and Colgate after ranking first.
  • After the indoor season, Zan was named to the Academic All-Conference team. In the fall, Zan earned Student-Athlete of the Year.

    Atlantic 10 Gives Minutemen Nod

  • Senior Peter Fortunato (Tewksbury, Mass.) garnered A-10 Co-Performer of the Week after the Boston University Valentine Invitational. Fortunato ranked 16th of 179 runners in the mile with an IC4A-qualifying time of 4:11.48. This time was the best in the A-10 at the time and Fortunato's best all season.
  • Weltman, after racing into the UMass record books, earned A-10 Rookie of the Week. The time was the second-fastest in the Atlantic 10 at the time in the 400 meter and qualified Weltman for the IC4A Championships.

    A "10" At A-10 Championship

  • The Minutemen won their second-ever Atlantic 10 title during the cross country season, edging Duquesne by one point. Five runners placed in the top 25.
  • Coach Ken O'Brien was named the men's Coach of the Year.
  • Junior Jonathan Pierce (Hanover, Mass.) led the pack for the first time all season, finishing ninth overall with a time of 24:22.80. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team.
  • Senior Nils Fischer ranked 11th with a time of 24:32.0, also named to the A-10 All-Conference team.
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