Minutewomen Bound For Holy Cross Invite
April 20, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - Saturday the Minutewomen will travel to Worcester, Mass. for the Holy Cross Invitational which begins at 11:00 a.m. They will look to carry over the success they had last weekend in their home opener where they took second place out of 15 teams. It was an exciting meet on a beautiful Saturday for UMass when athletes from all ages stepped up their game to put on a show for their home crowd. The Minutewomen continued a theme that has been ongoing since the beginning of the indoor season where Nalis Mbianda (Newton, Mass.), Rachelle Bourque (Rowley, Mass.), and Karen Roa (Jamaica, N.Y.) all competed well in their respective events. They were accompanied by many other solid performances contributing to the team effort, resulting in a second place finish.
Senior, Karen Roa finished first in the steeplechase and made her way onto the list of top times, perhaps qualifying her for the NCAA championships. The senior fell short of her personal best, finishing the event in 10:36.26 and qualifying her for the New England Championships. Alongside Roa, two junior throwers highlighted the meet as well. Nalis Mbianda set a new personal best in the shot put, taking first in the event and besting her second place all-time record at UMass in the shot put with a distance of 46-6.25. Her performance also led to her being named UMass Co-Athletes of the Week. Rachelle Bourque also set a personal best in the shot put on Saturday, throwing a distance of 43-1.50, placing her fourth in the competition and fifth all-time in the UMass record book. The junior placed first in the javelin for the second straight week with a distance of 139-02.
Freshman Courtney Neves (New Bedford, Mass.) led the way in the 800 meter run and set a personal best, crossing the finish line at 2:15.27. The freshman placed fifth in the event and qualified for the New England Championships. Junior, Katherine Finnegan also set a personal best at UMass in the long jump, leaping a mark of 18-3.00. The Harvard, Mass. native placed third in the event and qualified for the New England Championships. Rebecca Stoyle placed second in the triple jump and qualified for New Englands when she leaped a distance of 37-4.00.