Northampton, Mass. – April 28, 2012 - The Springfield College women’s track and field team competed well at the NEWMAC Championships hosted by Smith College over the weekend. The Pride finished in third place with 107 points as a team.
MIT won the event with 208 points, Wheaton came in second (144), and WPI (91.5) and Smith (82.5) rounded out the top five.
Senior standout Kelly Curtis was the top performer for the Pride, earning three second place finishes and two other top fives. In the long jump, Curtis leaped to a distance of 5.34 meters and the second place points. In the shot put Curtis tossed a distance of 11.17 meters, edging out Miriam Larston-Koester of Mount Holyoke by .01 meters. Curtis’ success continued in the final women’s event of the championship, when she threw the javelin 38.82 meters for her third second place finish and another eight points for the Springfield team score. She added a third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles, beating her preliminaries time by clocking in at 15.13 seconds. Finally, in the high jump, Curtis propelled herself to a height of 1.55 meters, matching her seed and earning fifth place points. In total, Curtis earned 34 of Springfield’s 107 points.
Others that finished well for Springfield included Crystal Davis. Davis placed third in the 200 meter event with a time of 26.35 seconds and added a fourth place spot in the 100 meter dash at 12.8 seconds. Davis was also a part of the two relay teams that finished fourth in the 4x100 meter and third in the 4x400 meter. In the 4x100, Davis teamed up with Gabriella Gaudreault, Erika Marks, and Abby Clark for a time of 49.58 seconds. In the 4x400, the quartet of Kelly Murphy, Jenn Kapinos, Gaudreault, and Davis finished in 4:01.97.
Gaudreault added a sixth place finish in the 400 meter event in 59.36 seconds, Kapinos took sixth in the 800 meters at 2:22.10, and Abby Clark placed seventh in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.34 seconds.
Nora Letendre placed second in the other distance event, the 10000 meter run, coming in with a time of 39:35.38 for a comfortable cushion over third. Michelle Mirti and Erica Fisher finished third and sixth, respectively, in the 5000 meter distance event, with Mirti crossing the stripe in 18:24.69 and Fisher coming in at 19:10.20. Elizabeth Saia earned more sixth place points for the Pride in the 100 meter, clocking in at 13.04 seconds, and Bethany Young finished seventh in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:10.76.
In the field events, Rhian Duggan had a strong showing in the pole vault, reaching a height of 3.05 meters, which ranked her fifth. Michelle Angelo did well in both the shot put and discus throws, as she threw 11.11 meters in the shot and 32.44 meters in the discus. Colleen Brague also earned points in the javelin, coming in just behind Curtis at 36.64 meters, which was good for fourth place.