Women’s Track & Field Opens Indoor Season at Fifth Annual UMass Boston Invitational

Dexter wins 60-meter dash, while Baker takes home first in the 5000-meter run

ROXBURY CROSSING, Mass. (December 7, 2016) – The Stonehill College women's track & field team opened its 2016-17 indoor season at the Fifth Annual University of Massachusetts Boston Indoor Invitational, held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, December 1.

Fernandes finished third in the 400-meter dash out of 30 participants

Sophomore Olivia Dexter (East Calais, Vt./Union 32) and classmate Isabel Baker (Charlestown, R.I./Chariho) posted both of Stonehill's individual event wins today. Dexter took first place in the 60-meter dash with a personal best time of 7.84, while Baker clocked in at 19:05.05 in her first 5000-meter run.

Stonehill also took second and third in the 5000-meter run as sophomores Jackie Cutillo (Foxboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and Taylor Landers (North Andover, Mass./Pingree School) followed behind Baker, respectively. Cutillo clocked in at 19:13.92, as Landers crossed the finish 10 seconds later at a personal best time of 19:23.72.

Senior Tulie Finley-Moise (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and Hannah Ameen (Andover, Mass./Andover) finished third and seventh, respectively in the 60 meters following Dexter in the race. Finley-Moise clocked in at a personal best time of 8.06 in the finals, as Ameen crossed the finish at 8.27.

Finley-Moise also placed second in the 200-meter dash after clocking in at another personal best time of 26.63. Ameen grabbed her second top-10 finish of the day tallying eighth in the 200 with a time of 27.08.

In the 400-meter dash, the Skyhawks saw its three runners in the top-10, including Krista Fernandes (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) who took third, Claire Hurtado (Newington, Conn./Northwest Catholic) who placed seventh and Megan Bobinski (Torrington, Conn./Holy Cross) who crossed the finish eighth. Fernandes was the lone Skyhawk clocking in under a minute at 59.84, as Hurtado and Bobinski saw times of 1:01.23 and 1:01.57, respectively, giving Bobinski a personal best.

Sophomore Anna DeVitto (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) grabbed second in the 1000-meter race with a time of 3:18.03.

Freshman Alyssa Freeman (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) placed fourth in her first indoor track meet in the mile with a time of 5:32.10, as sophomore Adrienne Santoro (North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) also finished in the top-10 with a time of 5:39.00, good for seventh.

Azariah Boyd (Brockton, Mass./Brockton) took a third-place mark in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 9.24, as freshman Zoe Smith (Rochester, Mass./Old Rochester Regional) finished sixth in the finals crossing the line at 9.62.

The squad of Bobinski, Fernandes, Hurtado and Olivia Libby (Dayton, Maine/Thorton Academy) clocked in a time of 4:08.35 for a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter race.

All seven Skyhawk high jumpers finished in the top-10 out of 22 participants. Freshman Madison Ward (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) earned a second-place tally in her first meet at a of five feet, one inch tying sophomore Courtney Daggett (Attleboro, Mass./Attleboro) with the same mark. Smith followed close behind in fourth place with a five feet, one inch jump, as Mia Facchini (Chicopee, Mass./Chicopee) took seventh with the same height. Ashley Daggett (Attleboro, Mass./Attleboro) followed Facchini finishing eighth at a height of four feet, 11 inches. Colleen Perry (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) and Alyssa Vieira (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) both tied for 10th with a four foot, nine inches jump rounding out the Skyhawks.

Freshman Ashley Colarusso (Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury Memorial) tied Stonehill's freshman record for the pole vault hitting the 10-foot mark, good for second place in her first collegiate meet.

Dexter also took fifth as she jumped a personal best of 16 feet, 9.25 inches in the long jump as the only Skyhawk in the event.

Ward earned her second, second-place mark of her career marking her triple jump at 34 feet, 5.5 inches. Vieira finishes eighth with a jump of 32 feet, 9.75 inches in her first meet of her collegiate career.

Freshman Shayla Lyons (Westerlo, N.Y./Bishop Maginn/Berne-Knox Westerlo) earned her first second-place mark in the shot put with a distance of 40 feet, 0.75 inches, beating last years' freshman Skyhawk record from Gaelin Farrell (Baldwinville, Mass./Narragansett Regional) of 39 feet, 4 inches. Farrell followed with a third-place tally with a throw of 39 feet, 10.75 inches. Freshman Elizabeth Balzarini (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) finished her first meet with a top-10 mark, placing eighth, with a distance of 35 feet, 6.75 inches.

In the weight throw, senior Margaret Lepley (Lynn, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) led the Skyhawks with a distance of 42 feet, 7.5 inches, good for sixth. Freshman Jesica Litwa (Seymour, Mass./Seymour) tallied ninth in the weight throw with a toss of 39 feet, 5 inches for her first collegiate meet.

Stonehill heads to winter recess and will return for the Beantown Challenge, hosted by Harvard University on Saturday, January 14 kicking off at 11 a.m.

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