Skyhawks Begin Season At Jay Carisella Invitational

Stonehill led by Carrier's first place finish in the 500 meter dash 

Christen Carrier finished first
overall in the 500 meter dash in

BOSTON, Mass. (December 4, 2011) – The Stonehill College women's indoor track and field team opened up its 2011-12 season at the Jay Carisella Invitational, hosted by Northeastern University, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center this weekend. 

Senior middle distance runner Christen Carrier (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) posted the team's top individual performance of the invitational taking first place in the 500 meter dash with a time of 1:19.09. Carrier also ran the anchor leg of Stonehill's third place 4x400 meter relay team along with teammates Katie Polakowski (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex), Katherine Sexton (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and Maria Curit (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford) in 4:08.16. 

Curit also finished fourth overall in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.87, the fastest time among all collegiate entries in the race. 

Sophomore Meaghan Olin (Goshen, N.Y./Goshen) placed eighth in the pole vault clearing nine-feet and 6.25-inches to break her own school record.

Sophomore Elizabeth LaRegina (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) ranked third overall in the 800 meter run in 2:20.12, a personal best. 

The Skyhawks placed three freshmen in the top ten among 36 competitors in the one mile run. Emily Anderson (Manchester, Conn./Manchester) ran to a fourth place finish overall in 5:15.31 and was followed by classmates Sarah Wilson (West Suffield, Conn./Suffield) in 5:17.56 and Erin Reilly (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) in 5:22.98. 

Junior Katie Bernazzani (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) finished fifth overall in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.73-seconds. Bernazzani qualified for the finals with a time of 8.75-seconds in the prelims. 

Senior Vlada Shelkova (Newington, Conn./Newington) placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 16-feet and 2.50-inches. Shelkova also competed in the 800 meter run (21st overall/2:37.51) and the shot put (24th overall/28-feet, 5.75-inches). 

Other Stonehill highlights include: 

Senior Kristen Mahoney (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) finished eighth overall in the 5,000 meter run in 18:24.19. 

Sophomore Angelina Comei (Bradford, Mass./Haverhill) posted an eighth place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 33-feet and 2.50-inches. 

Freshman Brittany Venturo (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) finished tenth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:47.28. 

Stonehill returns to action next Saturday when it participates in the Reggie Poyau Invitational at Brandeis University starting at 11 a.m. 

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