ECACs Next On The Docket For Women's Track
May 12, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's track and field team will head to the ECAC Championships this Friday, May 14. This comes a week after UMass took third place out of 39 teams at the New England Championships. The Minutewomen were able to showcase the team's most talented athletes at New Englands, and will surely look to do the same this Friday.
The three-day meet will be held in Princeton, N.J. on Friday, May 14 and will commence at 10:00 a.m. on each of the three days.
A New England Champion
At last weekend's New England Championships, freshman Rachelle Bourque claimed the New England title in the javelin with a throw of 135-04. Bourque was named the Co-UMass Athlete of the Week for her performance, and was also a great testament to her phenomenal first season at UMass. Bourque has been consistently excellent this season, starting with her ECAC qualifying mark at the UMass Nine-Way Meet (137-02) up to the championship toss at New Englands. At the Atlantic 10 Championships, Bourque took second and set a new school record in the javelin by throwing for 139-08. Bourque will head into the ECAC Championships with a hefty resume, which will surely give her the confidence to succeed.
Heading into the ECAC Championships, Lisa Wilson has put together a phenomenal 2010 season. The senior thrower has set qualifying marks for ECACs in the shot put (45-10.00), discus (152-04), and hammer throw (167-01). Wilson also set school records in the hammer throw (185-01) and shot put (48-00.75), and was named the UMass Female Senior Athlete of the Year. During a three-week stretch from Apr. 10 to Apr. 24, Wilson bested her school record in the shot put three times. She has certainly built an illustrious career at UMass, and will look to continue the success heading into ECACs.
As the track season has entered the end-of-the-season stretch, sophomore Karen Roa has kicked it into full gear. At the Atlantic 10 Championships, Roa set a new school record in the 3000 meter steeplechase by crossing in 10:50.10. This came only two weeks after Roa had set a school record (10:54.97) at the Larry Ellis Invite. Roa took fifth place in the event at the A-10s and will surely look to best her record once again this week at the ECAC Championships.
Zan Finds Success
At the Atlantic 10 Championships, Shiyi Zan posted a fantastic time of 37:20.21 in the 10,000 meters and placed eighth overall. The time qualified Zan for competition at the ECACs, and slotted her fourth all-time at UMass. This was the first time that Zan ran the event during the outdoor season, but it did not hold her back from putting up an excellent mark.
4X8 Flies At A-10s
Also at the A-10 Championships, the 4X800 meter relay team of Courtney Baldwin, Gina Perno, Madeline Nally, and Deanna Julian qualified for ECACs with a time of 9:08.28. The squad took fifth place at A-10s as the 4X8 has been quite successful for UMass this season. During indoor competition, Baldwin and Perno were members of the 4X8 team that set the second fastest all-time mark at UMass at the ECAC Championships. The experience gained from running the event at the indoor ECACs will be of great help this weekend.
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