Springfield, Mass. - April 16, 2011 - The Springfield College women’s track and field team cruised to its second consecutive home meet victory on Saturday afternoon at Blake Track. The Pride women scored 202 points, easily beating second-place WPI (103 points) and third-place Coast Guard (56).
Kelly Curtis was the top performer for Springfield with wins in the 100 meter hurdles and the high jump. In the hurdles Curtis ran a 15.92 to get the win. In the high jump she leapt to a height of 4’11” to secure first. Curtis also competed well in the javelin throw, finishing second to teammate Colleen Brague. Curtis threw a distance of 34.46 meters while Brague took first at 35.09 meters.
Springfield got on the scoreboard early with a win in the 4x100 meter relay event. The group of Crystal Davis, Erika Marks, Kelly Murphy, and Laurie Jenkins won handily with a time of 50.64 seconds in the final heat. Jenkins and Davis also contributed in the individual 100 meter event, finishing first and second, respectively, with times of 12.86 seconds and 13.17 seconds.
The Pride women dominated the 800 meter event, as Lacey Cartier took first place in 2:20.95. She was followed by teammates Jenn Kapinos and Shannon Park. Kapinos clocked in at 2:23.23 while Park notched a time of 2:26.20. The Pride also left its stamp on the 5000 meter event, with first and second place finishes. Molly Powell won the event in 19:36.58 and Erica Fisher took second with a time of 19:44.21. In the 1500 meter, Springfield also scored well by taking both first and second. Michelle Mirti finished first with a time of 5:01.26 while Molly Parshley grabbed second with a time of 5:08.25.
Others that ran well for the Pride women included Bethany Young who finished in second place in the 100 meter hurdles, clocking in at 16.97 seconds. Gabriella Gaudreault took second in both the 200 meter and 400 meter events, finishing in 27.38 seconds in the 200 after running a time of 59.69 in the 400 meter event earlier in the day. Kathryn Schumann and Julie Moise chipped in with third place finishes in the 400 meter dash and 400 meter hurdles. Schumann ran the 400 dash in 1:01.13 while Moise ran the hurdles in 1:16.03.
In the field events, Samantha Artz won both the long jump and triple jump. Artz took the long jump with a distance of 4.81 meters and the triple jump with a distance of 9.87 meters. She would also take third place in the high jump at just under 4’9”. Amber Judge tallied a win in the shot put, throwing 10.63 meters, and Rhiann Duggan took the pole vault title with a height of 3.05 meters.
Others that scored well for the Pride women included Elizabeth Robitaille in the high jump. Robitaille jumped to a height of 4’9” to take second place and give Springfield the top three scorers in the event. Joy Jennifer finished third in the long jump at 4.5 meters and Desiree Perry took second in the triple jump at 9.65 meters to complete the Pride’s scoring attack.
Springfield is back home next Saturday for the Springfield Invitational.