12 Women’s Track Athletes Named to USTFCCA All-Region Squad







Curit  and McBride earn two honors each to lead Stonehill.

EASTON, Mass. (March 1, 2013) – 12 members of the Stonehill women's track and field team have been named to the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region Team for their performances during the 2012-13 indoor track and field season. Student-Athletes are eligible for USTFCCCA All-Region recognition if they post a top-five regional time during the season.

Sophomore sprinter Maria Curit (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford) and Junior Caroline McBride (North Reading, Mass./North Reading) each claimed two All-Region honors. Curit captured accolades in the 4x400 relay and the distance medley relay events for Stonehill, while McBride took home All-Region honors for her efforts in the 3000-meter and 5000-meter races.

Junior Katie Polakowski (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) and freshmen Jordan Gray (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate) and Jeana Esernio (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) joined Curit on the All-Region Team for the 4x400 relay. Senior Kristen Veit (Easthampton, Mass./Holyoke Catholic), junior Elizabeth LaRegina (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), and sophomore Sarah Wilson (West Suffield, Conn./Suffield) earned All-Region along with Curit for their cumulative performance in the distance medley relay.







Sophomore distance runner Emily Anderson (Manchester, Conn./Manchester) was named All-Region for posting a top-five performance in the 3000-meter race. Chelsea Bishop (Suffield, Conn./Suffield), Meaghan Olin (Goshen, N.Y./Goshen) and Adrienne Thornton (Dorchester, Mass./John D. O'Bryant) also earned All-Region recognition for individual performances.

Curit posted a record-breaking indoor season for the Skyhawks, adding her name to two more school records for the Skyhawks on the year. At the New England Championships last weekend, the sophomore posted a record-breaking time in the 400-meter dash. Curit clocked-in at 57.14 and placed second, beating her own school record time of 57.46 that she recorded at the BU Valentine Invitational in last year.

Gray, Polakowski, Esernio, and Curit also registered a school record mark in the 4x400 relay. The group posted a 3:52.15 time at the New England Championships. The relay team broke the school record three times on the season, originally setting a new mark at the URI Sorlien invitational in January.

The distance medley relay team only competed two times on the season, but it was able to post excellent marks in each outing. The team first competed at the Tufts University Cupid Challenge, where it posted an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 12:19.08. Curit, LaRegina, Veit, and Wilson bettered the team's time by more than 10 seconds (12:05.46) at the New England Championships.

Anderson posted a career-best time of 10:19.85 in the 3000-meter race at the UMass Boston Invitational (12/1/12).  With the time, Anderson qualified for the New England Championships, which she competed in and finished fourth among Division II and III competition. The sophomore also placed third overall with a time of 10:44.16 at the NE-10 Championships.

Bishop was recognized with All-Region honors for her performance in the 5000-meter race. The junior distance runner collected a career-best time of 18:04.76 at the New England Championships.

After finishing third in the NE-10 indoor championships, Stonehill will open its outdoor season on Saturday, March 23 when it competes at the Bridgewater State University Bears Invitational.

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