CAMBRIDGE, MassachusettsâBack in action for the first time in 2022, the UMass Lowell women’s track and field program landed fourth in the Beantown Challenge hosted by Harvard on Saturday afternoon at Gordon Indoor Track.
Sweeping the event for both men and women, Connecticut led the field with 167 points overall. Host Crimson followed the Huskies in second with 100.5 points and Dartmouth in third with 97.5 points. The River Hawks fell just outside the top three, scoring 75 points overall for fourth place overall.
“I am so happy with the work of the team during the break. We came back with an exceptional performance,” commented the head coach. Gary Gardner.
The River Hawks middle and long distance contingent excelled in their first meeting of the new year, counting for 62 of UMass Lowell’s 75 points.
Start strong with the women’s 500 meters, junior Avery leydon (Woburn, Mass.) Easily took first place clocking 1: 15.57, just one second off his career best mark. Right behind her, graduate student Kristin hohenstein (Chelmsford, Mass.) Clinched second, edging out Connecticut’s Sophia Castronovo by fractions of a second to cross the line at 1: 16.03.
Going up in the 1,000-meter race, the junior middle distance pair Chelsea lynch (Amesbury, Mass.) And freshman Viviane Mac (Randolph, Mass.) Secured sixth and eighth places after finishing at 3: 02.47 and 3: 18.62 in their very first collegiate attempts.
The women’s mile turned out to be one of the strongest events of the day for UMass Lowell, with Mackenzie doyle (Swansea, Mass.) Rising to third place with a career-high 5: 08.58. The junior maintained a steady pace throughout the first part of the race, staying ahead of the pack. Doyle then applied pressure on the penultimate lap to pass Connecticut’s Katelynn Romanchick to move into third. She fought to maintain her place in the top three before the bell round to get six points for the River Hawks.
Add to total UMass Lowell, senior Olivia sheffield (Lowell, Mass.) Scored just behind Doyle in 5: 08.58 for fourth place and five points. First-year student Sarah ross (Agawam, Mass.) And second year Asaliah Mirambeaux (Lowell, Mass.) Completed the final scores with sixth and seventh in their very first mile attempts, at 5: 20.00 and 5: 36.94, respectively.
In the last distance challenge of the day, the River Hawks left him on the track with four runners scoring in the 3,000-meter. Pacing the crew, graduate student Kaley richards (Lowell, Mass.) Crossed the finish line first with a finish time of 9: 33.39. Senior Izzy Giesing (Bradford, VT) then scored for UMass Lowell, placing second overall after a career best time of 9: 45.76. Join Giesing with a new personal best, graduate student Jenna solimine (Haverhill, Mass.) Was fourth and had five points with his mark of 9: 55.20. To complete the event, first year student Delaney swanson (Swanzey, NH) had a strong outing in his first 3,000 collegiate yards, finishing eighth in a competitive field at 10: 56.03.
In the field, senior Rachel Hill (North Reading, Mass.) Jumped 3.56 meters (11’8 “) in the pole vault for fourth place in the event, adding five points for the River Hawks.
In the women’s triple jump, second year students Wonuola Ashaju (Lagos, Nigeria) and Alexandria Grasso (North Reading, Mass.) Jumped to 10.99 meters (36’0.75 “) and 10.90 meters (35’9.25”) to finish seventh and eighth, respectively, and accumulate five points.
UMass Lowell returns to the track next weekend when the team travels to Rhode Island for the Sorlein Invite on January 15 at Mackal Fieldhouse.