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Kelly Curtis Wins Penn Relays Heptathlon

Kelly Curtis Philadelphia, Pa. -- April 27, 2011 -- Kelly Curtis of the Springfield College women's track & field team today finished first in the collegiate heptathlon at the Penn Relays, thus winning a Championship of the Americas. She is the third woman from Springfield College to have done so.

Curtis finished with 4,738 points, which was over 100 points more than the second place finisher, Melinda Wentz of West Chester University, who ended with 4,632 points. Placing third was Brittney Howell of Penn State with 4, 604 points. Curtis finished with five personal bests within the seven total events.

Yesterday, following the first four events, Curtis led with 2,920 points, 30 points ahead of Howell of Penn State. Howell was second with 2,890 points, followed by Wentz of West Chester (2,821), Kelsey Couts of Penn State (2,799), Autumn Touchstone of Georgetown (2,655), Maura Burke of Ramapo (2,618), Kaitchen Dearborn of Penn State (2,498), Krystal Ellis of Montclair State (2,482), Jessica Yates of Shippensburg (2,442), and Sara Wagner of Shippensburg (2,419).

Curtis, who hails from Princeton, N.J. about an hour away, had three personal bests on the first day of competition. In the hurdles, she ran a time of 15.00 seconds, her first p.r. She then jumped 5-feet, 5-inches in the high jump, her second p.r., and an NCAA provisional qualifier. In the shot put, she had a toss of 33-feet, 3 1/4-inches. And finally, in the 200 meters, she ran 26.62 seconds, her third personal best of the day.

Today, she led off with a long jump of 5.14 meters, or 16-feet, 10 1/4 inches. Then she followed with two more personal bests -- 132-feet, 2 inches in the javelin, another NCAA provisional qualifier, and a time of 2:42.24 in the 800 meters.

Her score of 4,738 points in the heptathlon currently ranks her in the top two in Division III nationally.

A transfer from Tulane, Curtis is a sport management major at Springfield College.

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