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Curtis Wins the USTFCCCA New England Field Athlete of the Year Award

Curtis Wins the USTFCCCA New England Field Athlete of the Year Award New Orleans, La. -- May 24, 2011 -- Kelly Curtis of Springfield College has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association New England Region Field Athlete of the Year for the 2011 track & field season in Division III. It is the second year in a row that an SC athlete has won this award.

Nikki Hay earned this award from the USTFCCCA a year ago.

A total of 16 male and 16 female student-athletes, two each per region, earned this award nationally.

Curtis, who hails from Princeton, N.J., has been one of Springfield College's best on the track & field circuit for Head Coach Jim Pennington this past winter and spring. This upcoming weekend she will be competing at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. She will be competing in both the heptathlon and the javelin throw.

In her first season with Springfield, the junior is currently ranked second nationally in the hepathlon with 4,738 points and will look to duplicate her success on the big stage after previously winning the collegiate heptathlon at the Penn Relays in April this season. The New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Field Athlete of the Year is also seeded 13th out of 23 competitors nationally in the javelin throw after tossing a qualifying mark of 41.89 meters.

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Jim Pennington Jim Pennington enters his 30th season as head coach of the Springfield College women’s cross country and track and field teams in 2013-2014. Under Pennington’s direction, the Pride has recorded seven top 20 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and seven top 15 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Read more.

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