Women's Track

UNH Up Next For Women's Track & Field

Freshman Rachelle Bourque ranks second in the A-10 Conference in the javelin.

Freshman Rachelle Bourque ranks second in the A-10 Conference in the javelin.

April 22, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. - With one week to prepare for the Atlantic 10 Championships, the UMass women's track and field team will head to the UNH Pre-Conference Meet this Saturday. The Minutewomen are coming off a strong performance at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where three UMass top five all-time marks were set along with five New England Championship qualifying marks.

Saturday's meet will kick off at 11:30 a.m.

Home Sweet Home
On Saturday, May 1 the Minutewomen will host the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship meet.:
• At last year's A-10 Championships the Minutewomen took sixth place out of twelve teams:
Lisa Wilson was the A-10 Champion in the discus (155-00) and grabbed second place in the shot put (44-08.75.)
Molly Chapin placed third in the meet and third all-time at UMass (10-11.75).
• This year's A-10 meet will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Record Breakers
With two meets of the outdoor season under the team's belt, five Minutewomen have set UMass top five all-time marks:
Lisa Wilson broke her own record in the shot put for the second time this season. Wilson threw for 46-11.00 at last weekend's Larry Ellis Invitational.
• Sophomore Karen Roa set the school record in the 3000 meter steeplechase (10:54.97) at the Larry Ellis Invite as well.

Notable All-Time Marks
• Freshman Nalis Mbianda set the third highest all-time mark at UMass in the shot put (44-04.25) at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
• Freshman Rachelle Bourque is now second all-time at UMass in the javelin after her throw of 137-02 at the UMass Nine-Way Meet.
• Also in the javelin at the UMass Nine-Way Meet, freshman Stefanie Danehy threw for a mark of 131-03, good for fourth all-time at UMass.
• Rounding out the all-time marks is Nicole Pompei, who vaulted for the fourth highest all-time mark (11-05.75) at the UConn Invite.



New England Qualifiers
Several Minutewomen have set qualifying marks for the New England Championships that will take place in May:
At the Larry Ellis Invitational (4/17):
• Karen Roa- 3000 meter steeplechase (10:54.97)
• Elyse Yarmosky- 3000 meter steeplechase (11:03.16)
• Shiyi Zan- 5000 meter run (17:48.14)
• Lauren Stocker- 5000 meter run (18:02.30)
• Elizabeth Fisk- 1500 meter run (4:43.37)
At the UMass Nine-Way Meet (4/10):
• Rachelle Bourque- javelin (137-02)
• Stefanie Danehy- javelin (131-03)
• Stephanie Aguguo- triple jump (38-01.25)
At the UConn Invite (4/3):
• Nicole Pompei- pole vault (11-05.75)
• Lisa Wilson- discus (139-03), hammer throw (167-01), shot put (43-02.25)
• Brittany Bakanowski- 400 meter hurdles (1:05.09)
• Courtney Baldwin- 1500 meter run (4:37.43)
• Stephanie Aguguo- triple jump (37-00.25)
• Gina Perno- 800 meters (2:14.05)
• Rachelle Bourque- javelin (128-03)
• Nalis Mbianda- shot put (41-09.75)

ECAC Qualifiers
Currently, two UMass athletes have qualified to compete at the ECAC Championships that will be held in Princeton, N.J.:
At the UMass Nine-Way Meet (4/10):
• Lisa Wilson- shot put (45-10.00), discus (152-04)
• Rachelle Bourque- javelin (137-02)
At the UConn Invite (4/3):
• Lisa Wilson- hammer throw (167-01)

How Do They Stack Up?
After last weekend's Larry Ellis Invitational, here is how the Minutewomen are stacking up against Atlantic 10 competition:
Lisa Wilson ranks first in the discus (152-04), second in the shot put (45-10.00), and seventh in the hammer throw (167-01) • Rachelle Bourque holds the conference's second best mark in the javelin (137-02), while Stefanie Danehy is right behind in the third spot (131-03)
Karen Roa holds the fourth best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase (10:54.97)
Gina Perno ranks fifth in the 800 meters (2:14.05)
Stephanie Aguguo is fifth in the triple jump (38-01.25)
Courtney Baldwin holds the sixth best time in the 1500 meters (4:37.43)
Nicole Pompei holds the sixth highest mark in the pole vault (11-05.75)

Coaching Changes Bring Success
Coming into the 2010 campaign, UMass track and field added two new faces to the coaching staff in David Jackson and Darcy Wilson. Jackson was previously a coach at UNC Chapel Hill and proved to be a valued member of the staff. Jackson helped to produce three All-Americans and four ACC Champions while at UNC. He will be in charge of the multi-event athletes for both the men and women.

Darcy Wilson joins the men's and women's staff after a stint at Keene State, where she served as an assistant coach for the track and field program. She has worked with several NCAA qualifiers and an NCAA Champion at the Div. III level. Throwers will be the main focus for Wilson on both the men and women.

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