The senior from Princeton, N.J. scored 4,811 points, which was 109 points shy of the winner, sophomore Alexis Arnold of George Fox University of Oregon. Arnold's 4,920 points was just three points more than second-place finisher Emma Dewart of Ithaca, who placed second for the second year in a row. Ashley Bault of Marietta was third with 4,899 points, and Kaari Jensen of Concordia-Moorhead was fourth with 4,825.
By finishing fifth, Curtis scored four team points for Springfield College.
A year ago, Curtis placed fourth in the heptathlon with 4,760 points at the NCAA Championships.
Curtis certainly kept us in suspense throughout the two-days and seven events of the heptathlon. After Day 1, which included the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, and the 200-meter dash, she was in third place. After the sixth event, her specialty the javelin, she had jumped into first place.
However in the 800-meter run she ran a time of 2:43.83, giving her another 530 additional points. That was 18th best of the 22 competitors, and allowed four competitors to slip by her.
In the other two events of Day 2, the long jump and the javelin, Kelly had solid showings. In the long jump, she scored 640 points with a leap of 17-feet, 4 1/4-inches. Overall, she dipped one spot to fourth place after that event.
Then came her best event, the javelin. She scored 676 points with her toss of 132-feet, 9-inches, placing first in that event and first overall. Curtis and junior running-mate Colleen Brague (Smithfield, R.I.) will compete in the javelin Saturday afternoon at the NCAA's.
On the men's side, SC grad student Brian Fuller (Ludlow, Mass.) will also run in the finals of the 3000-meter steeplechase. Fuller was seeded second entering the NCAA Championships entering that event.
When Saturday is complete, Springfield College's varsity sporting events will be completed for the 2011-2012 academic year.