A-10 Championships On The Horizon For Women's Track & Field
May 4, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - So far this season UMass has had two second place finishes and one first place finish as a team in three team scored meets. One of those meets was back on April 14 when they hosted the UMass Invitational. With team success comes individual success and there have been strong showings from all events and all ages. Week to week the UMass has been able to add New England qualifiers, new school records and many personal bests to their credit. So far the Minutewomen have 14 New England qualifiers and will look to add more this week.
Last week UMass fared well in the Pre-Conference Meet at the University of New Hampshire. Rachelle Bourque (Rowley, Mass.) highlighted the meet when she placed first in both, the javelin and the shot put. She improved her personal best in the shot put, moving up to fourth all-time in outdoor competition with a mark of 43-10.00. The Minutewomen also added two New England Championship qualifiers this past weekend. Freshman, Ashley Palmer (Phoenix, N.Y.) set a personal best while qualifying for New Englands in the long jump. She took first in the event with a distance of 17-11.50. Sophomore, Kayla Baldwin (Andover, Mass.) placed third and qualified for the New England Championships in the 100 meter dash, crossing the finish line at 12:32.
UMass placed second of 15 the last time they competed at the UMass Track and Field Complex with 103.64. The Minutewomen were second to a strong University of Albany. The UMass squad was not only motivated by strong performances throughout the contest but it was also senior day, and their first time competing at UMass after competing on the road all of the indoor season and the first week of outdoor competition. Rachelle Bourque made her first appearance in the UMass record books for the shot put when she threw a distance to place her fifth overall. She placed fourth in shot in the meet with a distance of 43-1.50. Courtney Neves (New Bedford, Mass.) set a personal best in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:15.27. The time also qualified the freshman for the New England Championships. Freshman, Rebecca Stoyle (Pembroke, Mass.) placed second in the triple jump while qualifying for New Englands. Stoyle leaped a distance of 37-4.00. Jumper, Katherine Finnegan (Harvard, Mass.) leaped a distance of 18-3.00, placing her third in the long jump. The mark was a personal best for the junior at UMass and also made her a New England qualifier. Karen Roa (Jamaica, N.Y.) also qualified for New Englands in the steeplechase, finishing first in the event and crossing the finish line at 10:36.26.
The last time UMass hosted the Outdoor A-10 Championships was in 2010 where they finished middle of the pack at sixth place out of 12 total teams with 65 points. The 2010 Outdoor A-10 Championships was a record setting weekend for the Minutewomen. Karen Roa bested her own record with a time of 10:50.10 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The time also qualified Roa for the ECAC Championships that year. On day two of the competition Rachelle Bourque set the school record in the javelin. She placed second in the meet with a distance of 139-08.
The Minutewomen will look to carry their momentum from regular season success into championship competition this weekend in front of a home crowd. UMass senior, Deanna Julian (Dudley, Mass.) spoke about the upcoming meet, looked back on all of her success and reflected on the team's success so far in an interview this week as she prepares for her final meet as a Minutewoman.