Knox and Lastra each earned three honors
EASTON, Mass. (March 1, 2018) – Fourteen members of the Stonehill College women's track and field program have earned a combined 21 All-East Region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The awards recognize each region's top five performers in individual events and top three teams in relay events. Two out of the 14 Skyhawks earned their first-career All-East Region honor.
Senior Emily Knox (Worcester, Massachusetts/Notre Dame Academy) tallied three All-East Region marks this season, earning her seventh track and field accolade and 10th-career regional mark, including cross country honors. Knox ran a 5:01.50 mile in February at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University. She also posted a time of 10:02.10 at the Beantown Challenge in the 3000-meter run and an 18:02.68 in the 5000-meter run at the BU Terrier Classic.
Anna Lastra (Bridgton, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) is the other Skyhawk that earned three All-East Region honors this season. Lastra earns her sixth-career mark and fifth track and field award. The sophomore clocked in a personal best in the 4000-meter distance medley relay that qualified for Nationals with a time of 11:39.90 at the BU Last Chance Qualifier last weekend. She also finished with a time of 5:05.71 in the mile at New England's and 10:15.12 in the 3000-meter run at the Inaugural Branwen Smith-King Invitational.
Krista Fernandes (Taunton, Massachusetts/Coyle and Cassidy) tallied her fourth- and fifth-career regional honors in the 400-meter and the 4000-meter distance medley relay. Fernandes was also part of the 4000-meter distance medley relay team that posted a time of 11:39.90, which dropped 11 seconds from their previous time, as she ran the 400-meter leg. The junior clocked in at 57.06 in the 400-meter sprint, good for a personal best.
Classmate Jillian Caiazzi (Marlborough, Massachusetts/Marborough) received her third All-East Region honor, as she collected her first during indoor season last year. Caiazzi ran the 800-meter leg of the DMR, which is four seconds off the school record time. The junior also ran her personal best time of 2:13.96 at the BU Valentine Invitational in the 800-meter event.
Elizabeth Hannon (Franklin, Massachusetts/Bishop Feehan) has tallied her fourth- and fifth-career All-Region honors, including two from cross country, this season. Hannon has dropped seconds in her mile time as she now holds a personal best time of 4:59.67, which she posted at the Valentine Invitational. She has also run the anchor leg in the DMR this season completing the mile with an unofficial time of 4:53.4.
Olivia Dexter (East Calais, Vermont/Union 32) now has six All-East Region honors in her career. The junior continues to hold the school record in two events, including the 200-meter sprint, which she broke twice this year, the last being a time of 24.98 at the BU Last Chance Meet.
Junior Makenzie Cyr (Douglas, Massachusetts/Douglas) registered her first-career All-East Region accolade in track and field and her fourth career, including three in cross country. Cyr clocked in a personal best time of 17:53.35 at the NE10 Championship this season in the 5000-meter run, where she placed third for an All-Conference nod.
Sophomore Alyssa Freeman (Billerica, Massachusetts/Billerica Memorial) notched her first track and field award, as well, and her second-career regional honor. Freeman also was tabbed on the All-Conference team with her third-place finish in the 800-meter run and a time of 2:18.09.
Shayla Lyons (Westerlo, New York/Bishop Maginn/Berne-Knox Westerlo), collected her second All-Region honor in the shot put, as she threw a distance of 42 feet, 9.5 inches at the NE10 Championship, where she finished fourth in the field.
Sophomore Ashley Colarusso (Tewksbury, Massachusetts/Tewskbury) has received three-straight regional honors in the pole vault in her career, as she reached a height of 11 feet, 0.75 inches for a personal best.
Senior Alison Tobin (Hudson, Massachusetts/Hudson) who broke the school record this season, recorded her second All-East Region honor in the pole vault. At the BU Last Chance Meet Tobin topped her previous mark and cleared a height of 11 feet, 10 inches, good for the NCAA Provisional list and a personal best.
Freshman Alexandra Sexton (Los Gatos, California/Los Gatos) also saw her first All-East Region honor in the pole vault in her first season as a Skyhawk. Sexton posted a mark of 10 feet, 6.75 inches at the NE10 Championship taking home third and her first All-Conference honor.
Sophomore Madison Ward (Holliston, Massachusetts/Holliston) also tallied her third-straight high jump honor in her career, as she cleared a height of 5 feet, 4.25 inches at the URI Coaches' Tribute Meet.
Ashley Daggett (Attleboro, Massachusetts/Attleboro) posted her first regional honor, as she also hit the same mark as Ward of 5 feet, 4.25 inches at the URI Coaches' Tribute Meet for her season best.
The Stonehill women will cap its indoor season on March 9-10 when its qualified individuals will compete at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas, hosted by Pittsburg State University.
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Stonehill's 2017-18 USTFCCCA Indoor Track & Field All-East Region Honorees:
Emily Knox, Senior (Worcester, Massachusetts/Notre Dame Academy)
Mile – 5:01.50/BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational - Personal Best
3000-meters – 10:02.10/ Beantown Challenge- Personal Best
5000-meters – 18:02.68/ BU John Thomas Terrier Classic - Season Best
Anna Lastra, Sophomore (Bridgton, Maine/Fryeburg Academy)
Mile - 5:05.71/NEICAAA Indoor Track & Field Championships - Season Best
3000 meters - 10:15.12/Inaugural Branwen Smith-King Invitational - Season Best
DMR – 11:39.90/ BU Last Chance Qualifier - Personal Best
Jillian Caiazzi, Junior (Marlborough, Massachusetts/Marborough)
800 meters – 2:13.96/BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational - Personal Best
DMR - 11:39.90/ BU Last Chance Qualifier - Personal Best
Elizabeth Hannon, Junior (Franklin, Mass. / Bishop Feehan)
Mile – 4:59.67/ BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational - Personal Best
DMR –11:39.90/ BU Last Chance Qualifier - Personal Best
Krista Fernandes, Junior (Taunton, Massachusetts/Coyle and Cassidy)
400 meters – 57.06/ BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational - Personal Best
DMR – 11:39.90/BU Last Chance Qualifier - Season Best
Olivia Dexter, Junior (East Calais, Vermont/Union 32)
200-meter dash – 24.98/ BU Last Chance Qualifier - School Record
Alyssa Freeman, Sophomore (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial)
800-meter dash – 2:18.09/ 2018 NE10 Indoor Championship - Personal Best
Makenzie Cyr, Junior (Douglas, Mass. / Douglas)
5000-meter – 17:53.35/ 2018 NE10 Indoor Championship - Personal Best
Shayla Lyons, Freshman (Westerlo, New York/Bishop Maginn/Berne-Knox Westerlo)
Shot Put – 42 feet, 9.5 inches/ 2018 NE10 Indoor Championship - Season Best
Ashley Colarusso, Junior (Tewksbury, Massachusetts/Tewskbury)
Pole Vault – 11 feet, .75 inches/ 2018 NE10 Indoor Championship - Personal Best
Alison Tobin, Senior (Hudson, Mass. / Hudson)
Pole Vault – 11 feet, 10 inches/ BU Last Chance Qualifier - School Record
Alexandra Sexton, Freshman (Los Gatos, California/Los Gatos)
Pole Vault – 10 feet, 6.75 inches/ 2018 NE10 Indoor Championship - Personal Best
Ashley Daggett, Sophomore (Attleboro, Massachusetts/Attleboro)
High Jump – 5 feet, 4.25 inches/ URI Coaches Tribute Meet - Personal Best
Madison Ward, Sophomore (Holliston, Massachusetts/Holliston)
High Jump – 5 feet, 4.25 inches/ URI Coaches Tribute Meet - Season Best