Women's Track & Field Wins UMass Invitational
April 13, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The Boston College women's track and field team won the UMass Invitational on Saturday at the UMass Track & Field Complex.
The Eagles took first with 157 points. BC had wins in three different events and also secured 16 top three performances. UMass finished second on the day with 151.66 points while Northeastern took third with 114.50 points.
Freshman Fallyn Boich continues to rewrite the Boston College record book in the javelin throw as she bested her own record again with a toss of 42.37m, which was good enough for second place. It was a New England and ECAC Championships qualifying throw. She also placed fourth in the discus at 39.96m which is the fifth-best mark in program history.
Junior Madeleine Davidson earned the win in the 1500m with a time of 4:32.01 while senior Elizabeth O'Brien won the 5000m with a 17:28.52 mark. Classmate Alanna Poretta took second in the event at 18:08.59.
The Eagles swept the steeplechase with senior Morgan Mueller taking the top spot at 10:46.66. Senior Danielle Winslow (10:47.33) took second while freshman Danna Levin (11:18.64) finished third. Senior Jacqueline Pollack (11:53.80) placed fourth in the race. Winslow's time ranks ninth all-time at The Heights. Mueller and Winslow both qualified for the ECAC Championships with their performances.
Sophomore Kristen McDonagh placed second in the high jump with a leap of 1.71m which is the second-best at BC all-time. That mark qualified her for both the New England and ECAC Championships. She also finished third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.68, the sixth-best mark in Eagle history. The 4x100m relay team took fourth with a time of 48.59.
Redshirt freshman Margaret Mullins finished second in the 10,000m in her first attempt in the event in her career. Her time of 37:38.60 qualified her for both the New England and ECAC Championships.
Other New England qualifying marks included senior Margaret O'Dea (200m, 25.32; 400m, 58.52), sophomore Carly Daniel (200m, 25.45; 400m, 56.56), freshman Robin Gross (400m, 57.18), freshman Claudia DiSomma (800m, 2:14.39), junior Katherine O'Keefe (800m, 2:14.50), Davidson (800m, 2:15.81; 1500m), O'Brien (5000m), sophomore Megan Ritchie (10,000m, 39:18.00), McDonagh (100m hurdles), sophomore Racquel MacDonald (100m hurdles, 15.59), freshman Christina Zelenoy (400m hurdles, 1:05.61) and Boich (discus).
The Eagles will use the event as a springboard to the ACC Championships next weekend. The event begins on Thursday at North Carolina.