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Curtis Earns All-American Status by Placing Seventh at the NCAA's in the Indoor Pentathlon

Kelly Curtis Grinnell, Iowa -- March 9, 2012 -- Kelly Curtis of Springfield College earned All-America status by placing seventh in the pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this afternoon at Grinnell College.

A senior from Princeton, N.J., Curtis entered the competition seeded seventh with 3,286 points. She finished almost exactly on the mark with a new season-high point-total of 3309.

The winner was Emma Dewart of Ithaca College with 3674 points. Some 14 others competed. Following Dewart were Ashley Bault of Marietta with 3502, Jana Hieber of Tufts (3401), Caitlin Wilson of Central (3352), Jessika Smith of Wisconsin-Stout (3339), Sarah Thompson of Carthage (3323), Curtis (3309), Dani Larson of St. Olaf (3306), Elizabeth Krug of Hendrix (3288), JoLyn Owen of Wisconsin-Whitewater (3249), Kaari Jensen of Concordia-Moorhead (3223), Camesha Goods of Wartburg (3217), Karyn Moss of Williams (3175), Annie Huyler of Bowdoin (3154), and Michelle Baranek of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (3070).

Curtis scored 865 points, good for third place, in the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 9.22 seconds leading off the event. In the high jump, she had a leap of 5-4 1/4, scoring 771 points. She tied for fourth in that event, lifting her up to second place overall. In the shot put, Kelly had a heave of 34-10 1/2, scoring 571 points. That was good for a fourth place position in that event, keeping her in second place overall.

In the long jump, she leapt 17-3 1/2, for a fourth place finish in the event. Her 634 points placed her third overall at that point.

Finally, we came to the 800, her weakest event. Her time of 2:49.59 was 15th best in the event, good for only 468 points It was still 11 seconds better than her time last year in this same event at the nationals. But that dropped her down to seventh, just 43 points away from fourth.

Curtis thus gives her Springfield College team two points for her seventh-place finish.

Last year, Curtis placed 13th in this event at the nationals.

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