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UMass Leads Women?s Indoor Track & Field Championship After First Day

KINGSTON, R.I.—The Massachusetts women’s track and field team leads the 2015 Atlantic 10 Women’s Indoor Championship after the first day, claiming 37 points. The event, being held at Rhode Island’s Mackal Fieldhouse, concludes Sunday.

Host Rhode Island is in second with 34.5 points and defending champion George Mason is third with 31 points. Dayton (26 points) and Saint Louis (20.5) round out the top five.

UMass got a first place finish in the long jump by Courtney Kromko, who won gold with a jump of 5.76m. Ashley Palmer also finished in third in the long jump for the Minutewomen with a jump of 5.73m. Massachusetts also got a top three finish from Bridget Deveau, who placed third in the pentathlon with 3396 points.

Rhode Island got a top three finish in the pole vault when Karleigh Manfredi placed second with a 3.70m jump. The Rams also got a second place finish by Janel Conley in the pentathlon with 3598 points, and Aysha Moreino finished third in the weight throw with a 15.37m throw.

George Mason’s Bethany Sachtleben finished first in the 5000m, clocking a time of 16:32.94, 12 seconds faster than the next-closest competitor. Mason’s Lindsay Horton was first in the pole vault clearing 3.70m while Megann Kaiser was third with a 3.60 vault.

Dayton’s Erin Reese won the weight throw with a toss of 15.93m while her teammate Miranda Nelson finished in second place with a throw of 15.61m.

VCU’s Kiera Porter set the A-10 and facility record with a 7.43 time in the 60m preliminaries. Her mark beat the old record of 7.46, held by Joann Blakney.

The Richmond team of Taylor Clevinger, Jade Gregory, Alyson McGonigle and Jill Prentice won the distance medley relay with a time of 11:44.64.

Sunday’s events begin at 9:00 am with field and multi events. Running events begin at 11:00 am and the championship awards ceremony will take place at 3:30 pm.