Women’s Track & Field Concludes Weekend With Three All-New England Honors

Skyhawks collect three All-New England honors in two days

Hannon finished the Championship with a personal best in the mile, two All-New England honors, and a NCAA provisional mark

ROXBURY, Mass. (February 3, 2018) – The Stonehill College women's track and field team wrapped up day two of the New England Championships in 15th place with 13 points.

The Stonehill women collected three All-New England honors over the two-day championship and broke one school record.

After placing seventh in the 60-meter preliminary round with a time of 7.83, Olivia Dexter (East Calais, Vermont/Union 32) finished in eighth with the same time for her fifth-career All-New England honor.

The 4x800-meter relay team including Jillian Caiazzi (Marlborough, Massachusetts/Marlborough), Alyssa Freeman (Billerica, Massachusetts/Billerica Memorial), Kelly Higgins (Weymouth, Massachusetts/Weymouth), and Elizabeth Hannon (Franklin, Massachusetts/Bishop Feehan) placed fifth among 11 teams. The quartet completed the race in 9:13.38 seconds as the first Division II program across the finish line earning an All-New England honor. Caiazzi clocked in with the first leg in 2:17.6 followed by Higgins, crossing the finish line in 2:18.3. Hannon completed the third leg in 2:18.7 and Freeman was the final Skyhawk in the anchor leg with a 2:17.4 split.

Higgins also competed in the 1000-meter run, clocking in with a time of 3:04.03, good for 19th, in her first New England Championship appearance.

Senior Alison Tobin (Hudson, Massachusetts/Hudson) placed 13th out of 23 competitors in the pole vault, reaching a height of 11 feet, 7.75 inches, breaking the previous school record which Tobin set in December with a height of 11 feet, 5.75 inches. Freshman Alexandra Sexton (Los Gatos, California/Los Gatos) competed in her first New England Championship clearing a mark of 10 feet, 8 inches, good for 23rd.

Dexter earned her fifth-career All-New England honor 

Sophomore Shayla Lyons (Westerlo, New York/Bishop Maginn/Berne-Knox Westerlo) and senior Gaelin Farrell (Baldwinville, Massachusetts/Narragansett Regional) finished second and fourth, respectively, in their flight for the shot put. Lyons tossed the shot put a distance of 41 feet, 11.5 inches finishing ninth overall, while Farrell placed 16th overall with a distance of 39 feet, 8 inches.

Hannon and sophomore Anna Lastra (Bridgton, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) finished 15th and 16th, respectively in the mile run. Hannon clocked in at a personal best of 5:05.43, while Lastra finished with a time of 5:05.71.

The 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Krista Fernandes (Taunton, Massachusetts/Coyle and Cassidy), Fiona Jordan (Norwood, Massachusetts/Norwood), Claire Hurtado (Newington, Connecticut/Northwest Catholic), and Casey Gannon (Warwick, Rhode Island/Toll Gate) finished first in their heat with a time of 3:59.61, good for 11th overall.

Stonehill will split time at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University, and the URI Coaches' Tribute Meet, hosted by the University of Rhode Island on Friday, February 9 for one last chance before the Northeast-10 Conference Championships from February 17-18.

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