Six From UMass Track & Field Squads Earn Recognition From Atlantic 10


AMHERST, Mass. – Six members of the UMass track and field squads collected awards from the Atlantic 10 on Tuesday as Jada Harris and Lucas Honohan were selected to the Women’s and Men’s All-Academic Teams and Lily Robinson (10K), Lillian Kirry (400mH), Lea Doerries (high jump) and Cheyenne Figueroa (hammer throw) all earned spots on the A-10 Women’s Track & Field All-Rookie Team.
Harris, a graduate student majoring in public policy, completed a career sweep in 100 meter hurdles, winning her fourth career A-10 gold in the event with a season-best time of 13.59 seconds at the 2021 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championships. She also earned a silver in high jump (5’5.25″) and claimed fourth in long jump with the No. 3 all-time UMass mark of 19 feet, 5.5 inches in her final A-10 meet. The Bridgeport, Connecticut native was an NCAA East Preliminary Championships qualifier in high jump (finished, 38th, 5’7 ¾”) this season for the second time in her career after earning USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-America honors in the event outdoors in 2019.
A 2019 and 2020 USTFCCCA Division-I All-Academic Team selection, Harris holds four school records—60 meter hurdles, indoor long jump, outdoor high jump and 100 meter hurdles, and ranks in the program’s top-five all time in three more events. She is a 10-time Atlantic 10 individual champion amassing 14 A-10 medals in her career, a four-time New England champion and collected a silver medal in high jump at the ECAC Championships. Harris earned four Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference honors in five years at UMass and was named the women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer at the 2020 Indoor Atlantic 10 Championships after totaling 28 individual points to help the Minutewomen to the team title. The two-year captain was tabbed the UMass Female Spring Scholar-Athlete and Atlantic 10’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2020.
Honohan, a double major in economics and finance, took nearly a second off his PR, running 47.03 to silver in 400 meter dash at the 2021 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championships. It marked the first new entry into UMass’ top five in the event since 2005 and took down the program’s 21-year-old record of 47.30. He qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Championships in the 400m dash where he placed 34th (47.23) and was the first Minuteman to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary or Regional in a track event since 2011 and first UMass sprinter to reach NCAA postseason competition since 2003. The Lexington, Massachusetts native picked up a silver medal in 400 meter dash (47.43) at the 2021 Outdoor New England Championships and helped UMass earn a silver medal in the 4×100 meter relay at the meet, as well.
Lea Doerries cleared 5 feet, 7.25 inches in high jump at the 2021 Outdoor Atlantic 10 Championships to win her first A-10 gold with the best mark by a rookie in the conference this season, good for a tie for fourth all-time in program history. The Schwielowsee, Germany native scored in the event at New England Championships, as well, taking sixth with a height of 5 feet, 4.25 inches.
Cheyenne Figueroa posted the top hammer throw mark by a rookie in the Atlantic 10 this season, with a toss of 181 feet at UMass’ meet vs. Vermont and Hartford on April 18, which also ranks second in the UMass record book. The Providence, Rhode Island native earned silver in hammer (178′ 8″) and bronze in discus (147’3″) at the A-10 Championships and was a bronze medalist in hammer (172′ 11″) at the New England Championships, as well. Her discus mark from A-10’s currently stands fourth all-time in program history.
Lillian Kirry was the top rookie performer in 400 meter hurdles in the Atlantic 10 this season, running 1 minute, 0.38 seconds to bronze at the A-10 Championships, the No. 2 all-time performance in UMass history. Kirry, a native of Chewelah, Washington, collected a silver medal in 400 hurdles at the New England Championships (1:00.76) and scored in 100 hurdles at the A-10 Championships (8th, 14.51), as well.
Lily Robinson, competing in her first outdoor season, finished eighth at the Atlantic 10 Championships in the 10,000 meter run with the fastest time by any rookie this season in the conference, 36:54.79, good for fourth all-time in program history. The Tewksbury, Massachusetts native also set a new top-five all time mark in steeplechase this spring, 11:12.24, good for fifth all-time, and took fourth in the 5,000 meter run at the New England Championships (17:11.83).


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