Stonehill 4x800 Relay Team Shatters School Record At 117th Penn Relays

From L to R: School record holders
Maria Curit, Jill Alves, Sarah
and Christen Carrier.

Curit, Alves, Wilson and Carrier break program mark by more than ten seconds

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 28, 2012) – Freshman Maria Curit (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford), senior Jill Alves (Whitman, Mass./Whitman-Hanson), freshman Sarah Wilson (West Suffield, Conn./Suffield) and senior Christen Carrier (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) teamed up to break the Stonehill College women's outdoor track and field 4x800-meter relay record by more than ten seconds with a 13th place showing at the 177th edition of the Penn Relays, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, in front of a crowd of over 35,000 at historic Franklin Field on Saturday evening.

Curit opened up the relay with a split of 2:19.5, Alves followed and posted the fastest split on the squad running the second-leg in 2:16.6, Wilson ran the third-leg in 2:18 and Carrier capped off the record breaking run with a 2:17.1 split as the anchor-leg for a total time of 9:11.51.

The Skyhawks 4x800-meter relay team shattered the previous mark of 9:26.14 set by Alves, Lindsay Booth (Franklin, Mass./Franklin), Hilary Curtis (Scarborough, Maine) and Kristina Coriaty (Brockton, Mass) on May 9, 2009 at the New England Championships hosted by UMass Amherst.

Harvard won the event with a time of 8:53.95, Purdue ranked second overall in 8:53.97 and Hampton placed third overall (8:58.35). Stonehill finished fifth overall in its section behind Purdue, Hampton, St. Joseph's (Pa.), and La Salle.

Stonehill returns to action on Sunday, April 29 at the Brown Springtime Open hosted by Brown University (Brown Stadium, Providence, R.I.).