UMass Honors Women's Track And Field Trio
May 6, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - On Monday afternoon the UMass Sports Luncheon Committee selected UMass women's track and field's three champions from this past weekend as this week's UMass Co-Athletes of the Week. The Minutewomen crowned this weekend at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in Charlotte, N.C. were Rachelle Bourque, Becky Stoyle and Kelsey Crawford. They will be honored on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the UMass Sports Luncheon in the Massachusetts room of the Mullins Center.
Becky Stoyle grabbed the attention of the entire facility in the triple jump when she battled with Duquesne's Brittany Edwards through the final jump of the day. Stoyle was second to Edwards until she busted out a golden leap of 42-feet, 3.25-inches. The mark is a personal best by 4.5-inches and breaks her own UMass record. This is her second Atlantic 10 Championship this year and her first outdoor championship. She becomes the 21st Minutewoman to be the indoor and outdoor champion in an event in the same year and is the first since Stephanie Aguguo in 2011. This is her sixth time awarded the honor by the committee.
The first of the two champions on Sunday's A-10 finale was Kelsey Crawford who fought through two days of tough competition to win her first gold medal in the heptathlon. The freshman scored a total of 4685 points and was just 25 points ahead of Temple's Kiersten LaRoche. Crawford scored most of her points with her talents in throwing events with a first place mark in the javelin and the shot put. Her 4685 points is also a personal best and she currently has the third best score in UMass history. Crawford is the first Minutewoman to win the heptathlon since Melissa Ward in 2000. The Houston, Texas native then scored later in the shot put with a seventh place mark of 43-feet, 3.75-inches.
Rachelle Bourque was an inspiration to her teammates early on in the A-10 contest winning the javelin on Saturday, claiming her second A-10 Championship in her career at UMass. Bourque becomes the first Minutewoman to win back-to-back outdoor championships since Christina DeRosa back in 2007 and 2008 in the 10,000 meter run. In the process, her golden mark of 143-feet, 1-inch broke her own school record.
This year's Male Spring Scholar Athlete of the Year, Jake Smith of men's lacrosse will also be honored on Wednesday. He will be joined by his coach Greg Cannella and Tracy Schoenadel, Director of the McCormack Center for Sports Research and Education in the Sport Management Department. Also speaking at the luncheon will be baseball coach Mike Stone and women's tennis coach Judy Dixon. Free parking will be available at the rear of the building.