Stonehill Places Tenth At New England Championships

Senior Maria Curit posted two All-New England performances as Stonehill earned a tenth-place finish at the New England Championships this weekend.

Senior Maria Curit posts one of six All-New England performances with second-place finish in 800-meter run

BOSTON, Mass. (February 28, 2015) – The Stonehill College women's track & field team, ranked second in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association East Regional Computer Rankings, posted six All-New England performances today on its way to a tenth-place team finish at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Boston University at the BU Track & Tennis Center.

Stonehill, which has now placed inside the top-10 at consecutive New England Indoor Championships, compiled all of its 32 points during day two action today. Northeastern University finished first with 81 points, followed by Southern Connecticut State University (78 points) and the University of New Haven (60 points). 50 total programs competed over the course of the two days, while 35 teams scored. Last February, Stonehill totaled 36 points to secure a program-best eighth-place finish.

Senior All-American Maria Curit (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford) finished second in the 800-meter run finals, breaking her own program record for the second consecutive day with a time of 2:08.25. Curit, who posted the fastest time among 31 entries in the prelims with a mark of 2:09.91, is now ranked second in all of Division II in the event after automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships earlier this season. She earns her sixth career All-New England honor, and first for the 800-meter run.

Classmate Sarah Wilson (West Suffield, Connecticut/Suffield) joined Curit in the 800 and placed fourth with a time of 2:13.05. Wilson, who qualified for the finals with a mark of 2:14.22 in her preliminary heat yesterday, collects her third career All-New England honor for the 800 and fifth overall. She ranks 22nd nationally in the event after provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships yesterday.

Competing at her first New England Indoor Championships, sophomore Nicole Borofski (Plymouth, Massachusetts/Plymouth North) turned in an impressive performance in the 3000-meter run. Borofski placed second to earn her first career All-New England honor while clocking in with a program record time of 9:44.54. After provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the event earlier this season, she is now ranked 19th nationally.

Junior Jeana Esernio placed eighth in the 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 9.05 seconds to earn All-New England honors.

Junior Jeana Esernio (Stony Brook, New York/Ward Melville) posted her first career All-New England performance in the 60-meter hurdles, as she placed eighth and clocked in at 9.05 seconds. Esernio registered a time of 9.08 seconds in the semifinals after qualifying yesterday with a 9.18-second effort in her preliminary heat. Her eighth-place finish today comes after 11th and 27th-place performances in the event as a sophomore and freshman, respectively.

Stonehill received ten combined points towards its team score from its 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays, both of which placed fourth to earn All-New England honors for the second consecutive indoor season.

The 4x400 relay team of Curit and juniors Jordan Gray (Warwick, Rhode Island/Toll Gate), Leanne Kent (North Andover, Massachusetts/Central Catholic), and Esernio set a program record and improved its NCAA Championship provisional qualifying standing to 12th nationally with a time of 3:47.72. Gray ran the lead leg in 57.6 seconds, followed by Kent (57.2) and Esernio (58.3), before Curit completed the anchor leg in 54.6 seconds.

Seniors Erin Rielly (Burlington, Massachusetts/Burlington) and Wilson, junior Erin Carberry (Milton, Massachusetts/Thayer Academy) and sophomore Aisha McAdams (North Kingstown, Rhode Island/North Kingstown) posted a time of 9:12.29 in the 4x800 relay to place fourth. Rielly opened with a 2:17.8 split in the lead leg, followed by McAdams (2:18.3), Carberry (2:18.3), and Wilson (2:17.7). McAdams also competed in the 1-mile run, finishing 18th overall with a time of 5:09.69.

Junior Trisha Pierson (East Hanover, New Jersey/Hanover Park), Stonehill's lone entry in a field event this weekend, placed 21st in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, nine inches. Pierson improved on her 23rd-place finish from last February's New England Championships.

Stonehill will be off next weekend, before capping its indoor season on March 13-14 when its qualified individuals will compete at the NCAA DII Track & Field Championships, held at the CrossPlex Complex in Birmingham, Alabama.

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