#19 Stonehill Favored To Repeat As NE-10 Indoor Champion

Senior All-American Maria Curit will be looking for her third career NE-10 Indoor title in the long jump on Saturday, and she is also seeded third in the 400-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash.

Skyhawks picked first in NE-10 pre-championship coaches poll with 95 points and six first-place votes

NE-10 Indoor Track & Field Championship Preview

EASTON, Mass. (February 19, 2015) – The Stonehill College women's track & field team, ranked No. 19 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II National Computer Rankings, will look to defend its Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Stonehill, which captured its first NE-10 Indoor Track & Field title in program history last February, was selected to finish first in the league's pre-Championship Coaches Poll with 95 points and six first-place votes. Southern Connecticut State University was picked to finish a close second to Stonehill with 94 points and four first-place tallies, while the University of New Haven received 83 points and the final first-place vote. American International College (71 points) and Merrimack College (64 points) rounded out the top-5 of the poll.

Stonehill is also currently No. 2 in the USTFCCCA East Regional Computer Rankings, and features four individuals that have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships to be held on March 13-14 in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as one automatic qualifier. Stonehill's 4000-meter distance medley relay and 4x400-meter relays have also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Senior All-American Maria Curit (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford) is seeded third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.24 seconds, which was set on January 30th at the Boston University Terrier Invitational. Curit has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event and currently ranks seventh nationally. She will be looking to earn All-Conference honors in the 400 for the second consecutive winter and third time in her career after placing second last February with a time of 55.76 seconds.

Curit is also seeded fourth in the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, one inch, an event in which she has captured two NE-10 indoor titles (2012, 2014), and sixth in the 200-meter dash, and is expected to compete with Stonehill's second-seeded 4x400-meter relay. Her 25.03-second effort in the 200 at the Terrier Invitational is tied for 41st nationally and meets the provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships.




Brianna Venturo

Sophomores Nicole Borofski (Plymouth, Massachusetts/Plymouth North) and Alexandra Buonfiglio (Lynnfield, Massachusetts/Lynnfield) are seeded first in the 1-mile run and 1000-meter run, respectively, with times of 4:58.05 and 2:59.45. Borofski turned in her NCAA provisional qualifying effort on February 7th at the University of Rhode Island Coaches Tribute Meet, while Buonfiglio set her mark last weekend at the BU Valentine Invitational. Junior Molly Hellman (Rumson, New Jersey/Rumson-Fairhaven Regional) is expected to join Buonfiglio in the 1000 and is seeded third with a time of 3:01.33, while freshman Julie Schultz (Billerica, Massachusetts/Billerica) is seeded fourth in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:18.86. Hellman posted seventh and eighth place finishes at the past two NE-10 Indoor Championships, respectively.

Junior Jordan Gray (Warwick, Rhode Island/Toll Gate) will look to defend her NE-10 title in the 500-meter run, as she is seeded third with a time of 1:16.70 that was established on February 7th at the URI Coaches Tribute Meet.

Senior Brianna Venturo (Taunton, Massachusetts/Coyle & Cassidy) is attempting to claim her first career All-Conference honor at the Indoor Championships, as she is seeded No. 1 in the 5000-meter run with a time of 18:19.18. Classmate Brittany Venturo (Taunton, Massachusetts/Coyle & Cassidy) is ranked fifth in the event with a time of 19:19.98, and placed fifth and sixth in the 5000 as a junior and freshman, respectively.

Stonehill has three entries seeded in the top-6 in the 3000-meter run, led by sophomore Aisha McAdams (North Kingstown, Rhode Island/North Kingstown), who is No. 2 with her mark of 10:07.01 from the Coaches Tribute Meet. Freshman Emily Knox (Worcester, Massachusetts/Notre Dame Academy) is seeded third with a time of 10:31.59, while sophomore Alexandra Grimaldo (Marlborough, Massachusetts/Marlborough) is slated sixth with a time of 10:56.64.

Junior Jordan Gray will attempt to capture her second consecutive NE-10 indoor championship in the 500-meter run, as she is seeded third with a time of 1:16.70.

Junior Erin Carberry (Milton, Massachusetts/Thayer Academy) and senior Sarah Wilson (West Suffield, Connecticut/Suffield) are seeded third and fourth, respectively, in the 800-meter run with identical marks of 2:19.03, while senior Erin Rielly (Burlington, Massachusetts/Burlington) and freshman Erin Colford (Epping, New Hampshire/St. Thomas Aquinas) are ranked eighth and ninth in the event. Wilson will be looking to take home her third career All-Conference honor in the 800-meter run, as she captured the NE-10 title last winter and placed second as a freshman in 2011-12.

Junior Trisha Pierson (East Hanover, New Jersey/Hanover Park) aims for the first All-Conference finish of her career in the shot put, as she is seeded second with a program-record distance of 41 feet, 3.25 inches, set at the season-opening UMass Boston Indoor Open. Pierson narrowly missed All-NE-10 honors last winter with her third-place finish. Joining Pierson in the shot put will be freshman Gaelin Farrell (Baldwinville, Massachusetts/Narragansett Regional), who is seeded fourth with a mark of 39 feet, one inch.

Junior Jeana Esernio (Stony Brook, New York/Ward Melville) is seeded sixth in the 60-meter hurdles prelims with a time of 9.13 seconds, while freshman Alison Tobin (Hudson, Massachusetts/Hudson) is ranked fifth in the pole vault with a height of ten feet. Esernio has qualified for the finals at each of the past two NE-10 Indoor Championships, placing fifth on both occasions.

Stonehill will be looking for strong performances from all three of its relay entries, as the 4x800-meter and 4000-meter distance medley relays are each seeded first, while the 4x400 is ranked second.

The 4x400 relay team of Curit, Gray, Esernio, and junior Leanne Kent (North Andover, Massachusetts/Central Catholic) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships on February 7th at the URI Coaches Tribute Meet, before topping that effort with a program record time of 3:49.60 last weekend at the Valentine Invitational. Stonehill improved its standing from 23rd to 14th among the Division II leaders in the event.

The DMR also provisionally qualified for NCAAs with a time of 11:43.44 on January 31st at the BU Terrier Classic. Saturday's DMR team is expected to consist of McAdams, Hellman, Grimaldo, and freshman Victoria Sheridan (Great Meadows, New Jersey/Pope John XXIII Regional), while Wilson, Borofski, Buonfiglio, and Carberry are slated to run the 4x800 relay.

Following Saturday's NE-10 Indoor Championship, Stonehill will return to action on February 27th-28th at the New England Championships.

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