Women's Track Qualifies Two For NCAA Regionals
May 22, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - After Becky Stoyle and Rachelle Bourque each played a major part in UMass' best team finish in the New England Championship since the 1998-99 season two weeks ago, the pair received word that their best marks of the season qualified them for the NCAA East Region Championship. Bourque and Stoyle will each compete on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. and will square off with the east region's best for the top 12 spots in their event in order to advance to the NCAA Championship.
Stoyle will compete in the triple jump and currently ranks 25th in the nation and 13th in the east region with a mark of 42-feet, 3.25-inches. In 2013 the sophomore has earned All-Conference, All-New England and All-ECAC honors and is the indoor and outdoor Atlantic 10 Conference Champion in the triple jump as well as this year's indoor and outdoor New England Champion in the event. Earlier this year she placed third in the Indoor ECAC Championship.
This year the sophomore also claimed the UMass indoor and outdoor triple jump record as well as the indoor A-10 record and the UMass Track and Field Complex facility record. Stoyle's 42-foot, 3.25-inch jump was the leap that broke both the facility record and the UMass outdoor record. The Pembroke, Mass. native totaled 12 top four performances over the course of the year finishing first in 10 of the 12 and has yet to place lower than first this outdoor season.
Rachelle Bourque entered her senior season as the UMass record holder in the javelin and progressed throughout the season and was able to best her own record at the A-10 Championship when she threw 143-feet and an inch in the javelin. The mark won the senior her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference crown and would propel her into the New England Championship the following weekend.
It was Bourque's second throw at New Englands that changed the course of the senior's season. The Rowley, Mass. native shattered the record she had just set the previous week throwing 150-feet, 5-inches and claiming her second New England Championship in the javelin. Prior to that throw New England's was scheduled to be Bourque's final track meet, now the senior has qualified for regionals for the first time in her career.
Stoyle and Bourque are the first UMass entries in the NCAA East Region Championship since 2011 when Karen Roa and Stephanie Aguguo represented the university in Indiana. The championship meet is set to take place from Wednesday, May 23 to Saturday May 25. Bourque is scheduled to compete first in the javelin on Saturday at 2 pm and Stoyle is scheduled to follow in the triple jump at 5 pm.