Westfield, Mass. - March 27, 2011 - The Springfield College women’s track and field team raced out of the gate Saturday afternoon to begin their outdoor season with a first-place finish at the Jerry Gavel Classic hosted by Westfield State College.
Springfield’s 109.5 points edged out second place Hartford, which finished with 106. American International (94 points), Westfield State (82), and Tufts (51) rounded out the top-five in the eighteen team event.
The Pride’s top event finish was a victory in the 4x400 meter relay. The foursome of Kathryn Schumann, Joy Jennifer, Shannon Park, and Gabriella Gaudreault raced to a 4:11.51 to earn first.
Sophomore Laurie Jenkins started the scoring for the Pride in the meet’s first event, sprinting to a third place finish in the 100-meter dash in 12.85 seconds. Kelly Curtis built on Jenkins’ success with eighth-place in the 200-meter event, clocking in at 28.46 seconds. The Pride then used the 400 meter event to vault up the scoreboard, placing three women in the top-5. Gaudreault earned second in 1:00.94, Schumann took third in 1:01.49, and Jennifer grabbed fifth in 1:01.60.
Springfield continued to perform well in the 800 meter run, this time placing five runners in the top-8. Park placed second with a time of 2:25.29, Lacey Cartier finished fourth in 2:26.84, Michelle Mirti took fifth in 2:27.05, Nicole DeChristoforo finished sixth in 2:27.18, and Jenn Kapinos rounded out the top eight with a time of 2:29.70.
Cartier followed up her noteworthy finish in the 800 with a runner-up placing in the 1500 meter event as she crossed the finish line with a time of 4:57.28. In the 5000 meters, Molly Powell added to the Pride's point total with a sixth place finish, clocking in at 19:58.57. Katie Burns rounded out Springfield’s scoring in the distance events with eighth place in the 10,000 meters in 42:37.38.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Curtis sprinted to a time of 16.22 and second place. Nadia Hernandez and Bethany Young followed suit in the 400-meter hurdle event, grabbing fourth and fifth place respectively. Hernandez crossed the finish line in 1:11.11 and Young finished in 1:11.36.
In the 4x100 meter event, the team of Jenkins, Crystal Davis, Kelly Murphy, and Gaudreault placed second with a time of 50.34 seconds.
Mia Saimeri flew to a fourth place finish in the pole vault with a height of 8’6.25”. Saimeri was followed by Schumann who tied for fifth with a height of 8’0.5”.
And finally, in the long jump, Curtis finished up the scoring for the Pride women with a second place finish and a distance of 16’0.5”.
Springfield will be back in action next Saturday in Medford, Mass at the Tufts Invitational.