Springfield, Mass. – April 23, 2011 – The Springfield College women’s track and field team fared well on Saturday in the Springfield Invitational at Blake Track as the Pride women finished second with 174 points.
The MIT women won the event with 187.5 points. Westfield State (107.5), New Haven (69), and the College of St. Rose (63) rounded out the top-five teams.
Kathryn Schumann and Lacey Cartier were the top runners for the Pride, with Schumann winning the 400 meter dash in 59.42 seconds and Cartier winning the 800 meter run in 2:20.00.
In the 400 meter event, Springfield runners Kelly Murphy and Joy Jennifer also fared well, taking third and fourth place, respectively. Murphy clocked in at 1:00.00 exactly and Jennifer finished in 1:02.34. In the 800 meter event, Cartier was joined in the top-3 by Jenn Kapinos and Nicole DeChristoforo. Kapinos finished second at 2:20.77 and DeChristoforo finished third at 2:23.11.
The Pride relay teams placed second in both the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter events. In the 4x100, the group of Laurie Jenkins, Crystal Davis, Erika Marks, and Murphy used a time of 50.11 seconds to earn the second place points. In the 4x400, Jennifer, Cartier, Gabriella Gaudreault, and Schumann ran a 4:09.34 for second.
Jenkins, Davis, and Marks also fared well in the 100 meter dash. Jenkins came in second with a time of 12.98 seconds, Davis came in fourth at 13.17 seconds, and Marks clocked in at 13.36 seconds for sixth place.
In the 3000 meter steeplechase, Alex Mustardo finished in third place with a time of 12:14.21. Amanda Mullen also contributed with a fifth-place finish at 13:28.79.
Springfield also saw two top-8 finishers in the 400 meter hurdle event. Bethany Young ran a time of 1:09.37 for a second place finish and Julie Moise took eighth with a time of 1:15.69. In the 5000 meter distance event, the Pride produced three runners in the top seven. Molly Powell’s time of 19:12.96 was good enough for second place, Katie Burns finished in fourth at 19:21.44, and Erica Fisher took seventh with a time of 19:41.40. Others that ran well for the Pride women included Heather Lafaivre and Molly Parshley. Lefaivre finished sixth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.48 seconds, and Parshley took fifth in the 1500 meter run at 5:06.56.
In the field events, Kelly Curtis was Springfield’s top contributor. Curtis won both the javelin throw and the high jump events. In the javelin she threw 115’3” for a narrow win and in the high jump she leapt 5’4.25” to cruise to victory.
Michelle Angelo also scored in two events, taking seventh in the discus throw with a toss of 92’11” and taking fifth in the shot put with a distance of 33’3.25”. Amber Judge finished just ahead of her in the shot put with fourth place, measuring in at 34’ exactly.
Joining Curtis in the javelin top-8 were Colleen Brague, Ashley Blumenthal, and Eiri Inoue. Brague placed second at 115’, Blumenthal took fifth at 89’9”, and Inoue was eighth with a throw of 83’7”.
In the pole vault, Rhian Duggan finished in fifth with a height of 10’ even and Mia Saimeri was eighth with a height of 9’0.25”. Samantha Artz took fourth place in the long jump at 15’2.25” and Desiree Perry wrapped up the Pride scoring in the triple jump with a seventh place finish and a distance of 30’10.5”.
Springfield will be in New London, Connecticut next Saturday for the NEWMAC Championships.