Women’s DMR Finishes 13th at NCAA Indoor Championships

Fernandes ran an unofficial PR time in her 400-meter leg tonight, marking her NCAA Championships debut. (PHOTO BY Kamp Fender)

Borofski goes for seventh All-America award in tomorrow night's final for the one mile run

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 10, 2017) – The Stonehill College women's 4000-meter distance medley relay team posted a 13th place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, being held in conjunction with the Division II Championships Festival, hosted by the University of Alabama-Huntsville and the Birmingham CrossPlex, at the CrossPlex tonight.

Stonehill finished in 11:46.65 with senior All-American Nicole Borofski (Plymouth, Massachusetts/Plymouth North) running the one mile anchor leg, the lone holdover from last year's relay team which posted a program-best sixth place finish at the Championships. She was joined by first time NCAA Championships participants in sophomores Krista Fernandes (Taunton, Massachusetts/Coyle & Cassidy) and Jillian Caiazzi (Marlborough, Massachusetts/Marlborough) as well as freshman Anna Lastra (Bridgton, Maine/Fryeburg Academy).

Sophomore Jillian Caiazzi was within a half-second of her PR in the 800-meter leg in her NCAA Championships debut. (PHOTO BY Kamp Fender)

Adams State University won the event in an NCAA Division II record time of 11:15.28, followed by the University of Minnesota Duluth in 11:16.90 for second place and then third place Cedarville University in 11:19.55. Stonehill's time tonight would have been good for eight place at last year's Championships.

Stonehill's sophomore tandem of Fernandes and Caiazzi were both unofficially in personal-best territory with their splits in the 400-meter and 800-meter legs, respectively. Fernandes took the baton from Lastra, who completed the 1200-meter leg in 3:38.37, and posted a 56.49-second split over 400-meters which would have bettered her personal-best of 57.13-seconds under official timing. Caiazzi followed with a time of 2:16.83 in her 800-meter leg, which was within a half-second of her PR for the distance. Borofski followed with a 4:54.97 mile to round out the relay.

Borofski will return to the track for the third and final day of the Championship when she aims for a seventh All-America performance tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. (EST). She qualified for tomorrow's final in the one mile run with a third place finish in her section in last night's preliminary heats in 4:50.22 – ranking ninth overall. The top eight finishers in tomorrow's final, will earn first team All-America honors. Links to live results as well as a live video webcast are available via stonehillskyhawks.com.

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