WESTFIELD, Mass. – A trio of Black Bears kicked off the NEICAA 2014 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Westfield, Mass., on Friday. Jaclyn Masters, Emily Boardman and Jessica McCarthy were all in action.
Masters finished fourth overall in the pole vault with a mark of 11-07.75 (3.55m). Michelle Grecni from Soouthern Connecticut State took first in the event with a mark of12-07.50 (3.85). Masters scored the only team points for the team, tallying four points.
Boardman took 10th in the hammer throw for the Black Bears, missing on team scoring but recorded a distance of 159-08 (48.66m). New Hampshire's Rosemary Read took first with a distance of 175-11 and 53.62m.
Maine's final competitor of the day, McCarthy got off to a strong start in the heptathlon, competing in four of seven events on Friday.
She took first in her first event, the 200m with a time of 26.34, with Nicole Bartosch from Sacred Heart as the only entrant to best the senior. Bartosch completed the event with a time of 25.63 seconds. McCarthy earned 768 event points with that finish.
In the next event, McCarthy finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a mark of 15.15 seconds. Janel Conley from Rhode Island finished first with a time of 14.86 seconds. Her second top-3 finish earned another 822 event points.
McCarthy followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the high jump with final height of 5-02.25 (1.58m) and 712 event points. Boston College's Kristen McDonagh took top honors with a mark of 5-05.75 (1.67m).
In the fourth heptathlon event McCarthy took sixth place with a final distance of 9.45m (31-00.00) and 494 event points.
McCarthy finished the day in fourth place in the heptathlon standings with 2796 points while Conley holds the top spot, with 2945.
McCarthy and other Black Bears competitors will be back in action tomorrow at day three of the NEICAA 2014 Outdoor Championships. Check back to GoBlackBears.com for a day three update.