Women’s Athletics Wins New England Title!!


SMITHFIELD, RI – The University of Massachusetts Women’s Athletics won the 2022 New England Outdoor Championship, leading a 46-team field with a score of 74.75. The Minutewomen collected two gold medals and a bronze on Saturday and saw two school records set in the 400-metre hurdles and the 4×400-metre relay.

Liliane Kirry broke his own school record in the 400-meter hurdles for the second straight day, clocking 58.67 seconds to win the New England title. Kira Kopec also provided points, taking fourth place in 1 minute, 1.81 seconds.

Kirry took part in another record as she combined with Danielle StoneKopec and Sadai Headley-Mawasi as the anchor of the UMass 4×400 meter relay that won gold in 3 minutes, 43.60 seconds, the fastest time in school history.

The 4×100 meter relay team Grace Poku, Caroline Schissel, Abby Collins and Kirry took fourth place in 47.16 seconds, the new No. 5 all-time mark in the UMass record books.

Danielle Notarfrancescothe only Minutewoman to score points in the field on Saturday, won silver in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 1.25 inches.

Two new marks among the top eight timekeepers were established in the 100-meter hurdles. Sarah Yocum took fourth place in the competition in 14.10 seconds, good for fourth place in program history, and Katelyn Gorgenyi finished fifth in 14.36 seconds, which ranks 6and on the UMass all-time list.

The Minutewomen had five other people who took points on the track. Colette O’Leary finished fifth in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 13.11 seconds and Eugenie Fairhurst ran 4 minutes, 43.11 seconds to place seventh in the 1,500m. Schissel and Poku finished eighth in the 100 meters and 200 meters, with times of 12.13 and 25.40, respectively. Headley-Mawawsi crossed the finish line in the 400 meters in 56.87 seconds to take sixth place.

O’Leary’s UMass 4×800 meter relay team, Elizabeth Hoenes, Samantha Schwer and Fairhurst combined to run 9 minutes, 28.19 seconds, placing fifth.


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