Lightbody wins pole vault as women’s track shines on day one of NE10 indoor championship

Lombardi was one of six Skyhawks to advance to their respective event’s final on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Jan Volk).

ROXBURY, Mass. (February 24, 2022)-After the first day at Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Championship, Stonehill College women’s track and field team currently sit in third place (33 points) while the University of New Haven (34 points) and Southern New Hampshire University (46 points) are the only schools ahead. the Skyhawks. However, the team had a solid outing as Haley Lightbody paced the purples and whites with a first-place finish in the pole vault while seven other Skyhawks finished in the top five and six more advanced to the final tomorrow in their respective events.

Strong points:

  • For the second consecutive NE10 indoor championship, Lightbody won the pole vault event with a height of 3.25 meters to earn the Skyhawks 10 key points in the competition. Her jump recorded at today’s competition marked a new season high for the junior as she posted marks of 3.0 meters or more in three of her last four competitions. Not far behind Lightbody was Abigail Larsson who finished in third place and had six points to give Stonehill a total of 16 points from an event. Larsson reached a height of 3.10 meters, which is his third best mark of the season. Overall, she has posted heights of 3.0 meters or more in four of the five competitions she has entered this season. With their top three finishes, Lightbody and Larsson took home all-conference honors.
  • In the 5,000 meter race, Stonehill took two of the top 10 finishes while earning six points in the event. Victoria Lombardi paced the Skyhawks with a fourth-place finish when it crossed the finish line at 18:00.86 (five points). His blistering time set a new personal best surpassing his previous record of 18:10.16 set in May (2021 NE10 Outdoor Championship). Rounding out Stonehill’s top 10, Rebecca Erhard in eighth place with a time of 18:28.99 (one point). Erhard also set a new personal best in the event, surpassing his previous record of 18:36.66 also broken in May at the 2021 NE10 Outdoor Championship. Isabelle Kennedy also competed in the 5,000 meter race with a time of 19:42.49 and a 13th place finish. Throughout the year, Kennedy posted a time of less than 7:50 p.m. each time she ran the 5,000 meters.
  • In the distance-medley relay, Stonehill took third place in 12:41.86. Erin Johnson, Ashley Warren, Caitlin Swansonand Jillian Howard represented Stonehill in the event and helped the team earn six more key points for the day. With their third-place finish, the group of runners were named All-Conference recipients.
  • Cassidy Becker made her collegiate pentathlon debut with a strong fourth-place performance as she earned 2,768 points and a total of four more points for Stonehill. In every event she entered during the pentathlon, Becker placed in the top five in three of the five events, including a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters as she crossed the line at 2:46.46. Becker’s strong finish in the 800 meters was also a personal best for her as she surpassed her previous record of 2:47.93 set in May at the NE10 Outdoor Championship when she competed in the heptathlon.

Other representations:

  • For the throwing events, the Skyhawks collected one point in the preliminary weighted throwing event when Madison Gunderway on her NE10 championship debut, she shot 12.42 meters to earn her eighth place and qualify for tomorrow’s final. Meanwhile, Krista Stracqualursi finished not far behind in 10th place with a throw of 12.22 meters which was 0.01 meters off his personal best. This is the second time this season that Stracqualursi has shot 12.00 meters or more.
  • The 60m hurdles prelims are where Stonehill saw the most runners qualify for a place in the final (three) and also had five runners placed in the top 15. Savannah Macaluso not only qualified for the final, but she paced the Skyhawks in third place with a time of 9.07 seconds, which was also the best of the season for Macaluso. Casey Ganon also qualified for tomorrow’s final when she finished fifth in a new career best 9.07 seconds. First-year student Madison Rousseau was the last Stonehill runner to qualify for tomorrow’s final as she also ran for a new personal best of 9.27 seconds and a sixth place finish. Abigail Creamer and Rebecca Grace completed the top 15 for Stonehill with finishes of 11th (9.73 seconds) and 13th (10.61) respectively.
  • Kaytlin Encarnacao was another Skyhawk who qualified for tomorrow’s final in her respective event (400 meter preliminary). Encarnacao crossed the finish line in 58.89 seconds for fifth place. Throughout the season, Encarnacao has posted times under 1:00 in its last three races in the 400 meters.
  • Caroline Surette was the last Stonehill runner to advance to the final of her event on the day she finished seventh in the 800 meters preliminaries in 2:24.18. Her time in that race marked a personal best for the second year as she surpassed her previous record in January at the URI Coach’s Invitational.

Following:

Stonehill is looking to bring home their eighth consecutive NE10 Indoor Championship tomorrow at 11 a.m. for the final day of the NE10 Indoor Championship.

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