Stonehill Finishes Strong on Day Two of BU Valentine Invitational

Skyhawks qualify for New England Championships in three events during the weekend


Lindsey Booth and the distance medley relay team are headed to the New England Championships later this month. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

BOSTON, Mass. (February 12, 2011) – Stonehill College, ranked fourth in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II East Regional index, wrapped up the Boston University Valentine Invitational at the BU Track & Tennis Center on Saturday with the women’s distance medley relay.

Sophomore Kristen Veit (Easthampton, Mass./Holyoke Catholic), juniors Jill Alves (Whitman, Mass./Whitman-Hanson) and Christen Carrier (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central), and senior Lindsey Booth (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) teamed up to place 16th overall in the event. Their time of 12:21.30 automatically qualifies them for the New England Championships back at the Track & Tennis Center later this month.

They join two individual qualifiers from Friday’s events, as juniors Susan O’Connell (East Greenwich, R.I./East Greenwich) and Kristen Mahoney (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) met automatic qualifying standards with their performances yesterday, both running their respective events for the first time this season. O’Connell placed 21st in the 500m dash in 1:19.11 to claim the Skyhawks’ highest finish on the track on Friday, and Mahoney logged a time of 18:10.43 in the 5000m run, finishing 43rd overall.

Friday’s events saw five Skyhawks set season-best marks across three events. Alves led four Stonehill entries in the mile run, placing 55th in 5:09.73, and junior Maura Ferrarini (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) took four seconds off her winning mile time at last week’s Tufts Stampede to place 59th in an even 5:12. Senior Amanda Tripodi (Darien, Conn./Darien) finished 70th in 5:14.61, as all three ran their fastest mile time of the season. Veit took 85th in the field of 147 with a time of 5:20.09.

Sophomore Olivia Dyson (Reading, Mass./Reading) matched her season-best performance in the high jump as she cleared five feet, 2.25 inches in the high jump for the second week in a row to place 14th overall in the event.

Booth checked in with a 58th-place finish (of 139 runners) in the 800m run with a season-best time of 2:20.50.

The Skyhawks will be back in action on Thursday at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships, to be hosted at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center beginning at 4:00 p.m.