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Curtis Third in Heptathlon After Day 1 of NCAA Track & Field

Kelly Curtis Claremont, Calif. -- May 24, 2012 -- Kelly Curtis is currently in third place in the heptathlon after Day 1 of the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at Claremont- Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges in southern California. One of 22 competitors, the senior has 2,965 points as she enters the second and final day of the heptathlon.

A native of Princeton, N.J., Curtis placed fourth in this same event last year.

She is currently behind Alexis Arnold, a sophomore from George Fox, with 3088 points and Emma Dewart, a senior from Ithaca, with 3006 points. She is just ahead of Ashley Bault, a senior from Marietta, with 2882 points in fourth place, and Kaari Jensen, a junior from Concordia-Moorhead, with 2851 points in fifth place.

Four events have been completed in the heptathlon. They are the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, and the 200-meter dash. Still to come in Day 2 is the long jump, the javelin, and the 800-meter run.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Kelly ran a time of 14.99 seconds, good for third in that event with 843 points. In the high jump, she had a leap of 1.60 meters or 5-feet, 3-inches, good for a tie for third in that event with 736 points.

In the shot put, Curtis had a toss of 11.77 meters or 38-feet, 7 1/2-inches, good for another third in that event with 646 points. And finally, in the 200 she ran a time of 26.66 seconds, good for 11th in that event with 740 points.

Curtis will continue her quest in the heptathlon Friday at 3:00 pm (Pacific time).

Curtis and junior Colleen Brague (Smithfield, R.I.) will compete in the javelin throw on Saturday at 3:45 pm (Pacific time).

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