Women's Track

A-10 Triumphs Propel UMass Into New England Championships

Claire Pettit will replace Deanna Julian this weekend in the 4x800 meter relay.

Claire Pettit will replace Deanna Julian this weekend in the 4x800 meter relay.

May 9, 2012

BOSTON, Mass. - The women's track and field team will travel on Friday to compete at MIT in the 2012 Outdoor New England Championships. The women's New England Championships will take place over the course of two days with competition beginning on Friday at 2:15 pm. The championships will resume at 12:00 pm on Saturday. Last week the A-10 Championships were highlighted by Karen Roa, Rachelle Bourque and Rebecca Stoyle, along with a few other honorable mentions.

This weekend the Minutewomen will be looking to carry their momentum from the A-10s into the New England Championships. The women's track and field team walked away with an A-10 Champion, an A-10 record and four UMass records.

Rachelle Bourque (Rowley, Mass.) won her first A-10 Championship on Saturday. The junior had the best mark in the javelin throw with a distance of 139-08. Bourque also holds the UMass all-time record in the javelin. She is scheduled to compete at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The junior also holds the fourth best mark in school history in the shot put and will compete in the shot put at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Rebecca Stoyle thrived in the A-10 championships again on Sunday, claiming the third best mark in UMass history and setting a personal best at UMass. Her mark of 39-09.25 placed her third in the event as well. The freshman set the fourth best all-time mark in UMass history earlier this year at the indoor A-10 Championships with a mark of 98-04.75. Stoyle is set to compete at New Englands on both, Friday and Saturday. She will compete in the 200 meter trials on Friday at 4:25 p.m. If she qualifies she will compete in the finals on the following day at 3:15 p.m. Stoyle will compete in the triple jump at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday is also slated in the 4x100 meter relay at 12:45 p.m.



Karen Roa (Jamaica, N.Y.) made the most of the events she competed in this weekend, setting records on both days. On Saturday the UMass record holder in the 3,000 meter steeplechase broke her own all-time best record of 10:31.24 by almost six seconds. She finished second with a time of 10:26.19. The time not only keeps her at a UMass all-time best in the event but also ranks third best in A-10 history. The following day, Roa set the fourth best time in UMass history in the 5,000 meter run. She placed third in the event with a time of 16:50.80. Roa is not scheduled to compete this weekend.

Other notable performances in the A-10 Championships were Nalis Mbianda, Chrissy Silvar, Katherine Finnegan and the 4x800 meter relay. Nalis Mbianda (Newton, Mass.) placed fifth in the shot put on Sunday with a mark of 44-08.25. Chrissy Silvar (Fitchburg, Mass.) was seventh in the pole vault with a height of 10-08.25, and Katherine Finnegan (Harvard, Mass.) finished ninth in the long jump, leaping a distance of 18-03.00. The three Minutewomen will compete in the New England Championships. The 4x800 meter relay ran an exciting race on Saturday, finishing fourth place with a time of 9:01.95. Katie Powers (Holbrook, Mass.), Courtney Neves (New Bedford, Mass.), Meghan Leahy (Sterling, Mass.) and Deanna Julian (Dudley, Mass.) all competed in the event. This weekend Deanna Julian will be replaced by Claire Pettit (Warwick, N.Y.).

This will be the final meet of the year before Karen Roa competes in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA Regional Championships.

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