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UMass women’s athletics win Holy Cross Invitational

WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Women’s Athletics recorded wins in eight events on Saturday, helping the Minutewomen finish top of the team standings at the Holy Cross Invitational with a score of 188.5. In addition to leading the six-team field, UMass also had three of the top five all-time marks set that day.

Liliane Kirry ran 54.91 seconds for victory in the 400 meters, setting the new all-time No. 3 mark in the program’s record books. Sarah Witt took sixth place in the event with a time of 59.48 seconds.

The Minutewomen won six of the top eight finishes in the 200 metres, led by by Sarah Yocum winning time of 25.18 seconds. After Yocum, Grace Poku finished second (25.37), Kira Kopec third (25.43), Caroline Schissel fifth (25.78), Abby Collins seventh (25.87) and Sadai Headley-Mawasi eighth (25.89).

Massachusetts scored four points in the 100 yards with Collins first across the line in 12.25 seconds. Schissel and Poku followed his heels in second and third, both at 12.40 seconds and Jordan LaFave was fifth (12.56).

Rebecca James won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11 minutes, 18.97 seconds and UMass swept the stints to complete the Minutewomen winners on the track. Poku, Schissel, Colins and Faith Richardson teamed up to run 47.63 seconds in the 4×100 meter relay. In the 4×400, Yocum, Kopec, Headley-Mawasi and Kirry combined for a time of 3 minutes, 48.78 seconds.

Danielle Notarfrancesco was victorious in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 5.25 inches and Gabrielle Pagneni took sixth place (39’11.25″).

Emily McDonald led the field in the long jump with a winning jump of 18 feet 9.25 inches, while Tiarra Deveaux was second (18’7″) and Jordan Lafave sixth (17’6.25″). McDonald also scored in the triple jump (third, 38’8.75″) as did Tyler Berry (sixth, 36’0.75″).

Anna Cozzolino was second in the javelin, bettering her all-time No. 3 mark in the UMass record books with a throw of 144 feet, 1 inch. Aaliyah Alleyne also finished in the top eight, taking eighth place with a mark of 110 feet, nine inches.

For a second consecutive week, Voski Armenakyan set a personal best in the hammer throw as his throw of 174 feet, 5 inches ranks third in program history and finished sixth in competition. Cheyenne Figueroa seventh (174’0″) and Notarfrancesco eighth (165’1″).

On discus, Pagnini took second at 136’3″ and Figueroa was fourth (132’6″).

Three Minutewomen scored in the high jump, led by Elizabeth Lodge who cleared 5 feet, 5 inches for second. Courtney Rowland and Lea Doerries tied for fifth, both boasting a height of 5 feet 3 inches. Sophie Casciano took second place in the pole vault at 11 feet 11.75 inches.

Also picking up points for UMass on the track, Yocum (14.20), Katelyn Gorgenyi (14.79) and Elizabeth Lee (15.06) placed second, fourth and sixth respectively in the 100 meter hurdles. In the 400 meter hurdles, Ecaterina Rojco came in third (1:05.50) and Jaden Young sixth in the 1,500 meters (4:47.83).

The Minutewomen will be back in action next Saturday, April 30, when the team host New Hampshire, Vermont, UMass Lowell and Dartmouth for their final home meeting of the season.