Curit Headlines NE-10 Weekly Honorees For Stonehill








Seven Skyhawks recognized following Saturday's Tufts Invitational

EASTON, Mass. (January 20, 2015) Stonehill College senior All-American Maria Curit (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford) was among seven student-athletes from the women's track & field program to be recognized by the Northeast-10 Conference with weekly awards, the league office announced today.  

Stonehill opened its second semester schedule on Saturday at the Tufts University Invitational, held at the Gantcher Athletic Center in Medford, Massachusetts. The Skyhawks captured the team title with 139.50 points, topping former NE-10 rival the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which finished in second with 108 points.

Curit led the way for Stonehill, setting a program record in the 600-meter run with her first place finish in 1:35.21, while also turning in a runner-up effort in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 25.80 seconds. Both performances were good enough to qualify Curit for next month's New England Championships, which will be held at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center on February 27-28. This marks the senior's second career NE-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week award to go with her eight career weekly honors as a part of relay teams.

Also receiving weekly recognition from the NE-10 were junior Trisha Pierson (East Hanover, New Jersey/Hanover Park), freshman Gaelin Farrell (Baldwinville, Massachusetts/Narragansett Regional), and Stonehill's 4x200-meter relay team, consisting of juniors Leanne Kent (North Andover, Massachusetts/Central Catholic) and Jeana Esernio (Stony Brook, New York/Ward Melville), and freshmen Victoria Sheridan (Great Meadows, New Jersey/Pope John XXIII) and Emily Polvere (Somers, New York/Somers).

The 4x200-meter relay collects NE-10 Women's Relay of the Week honors following its program record performance on Saturday. Stonehill finished first and clocked in at 1:47.52, eclipsing the previous program mark of 1:51.32, set at the 2002 NE-10 Championship. Kent ran the lead leg in 26.3 seconds, followed by Polvere (26.7), Sheridan (27.5), and Esernio (27.0). Esernio and Kent earn their fourth and third career weekly relay awards, respectively, while Polvere and Sheridan are being recognized for the first time.

Rounding out Stonehill's weekly NE-10 honorees are Pierson, the Field Athlete of the Week, and Farrell, the Field Rookie of the Week. The throwers took two of the top three spots in the shot put on Saturday, with Pierson's throw reaching 40 feet, 1.5 inches, good for first place, and Farrell achieving a distance of 39 feet, good for third. This marks the first career weekly award for both student-athletes.

Stonehill will be back in action next Saturday at the URI Sorlien Invitational, hosted by the University of Rhode Island at Mackal Fieldhouse in Kingston, Rhode Island.  

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