Egetta Alfonso enters her 19th year in 2017-2018 as the head coach of the women’s track and field team at Holy Cross.
In 2016-17, Zoe Matherne qualified for the NCAA Championship East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky. Hannah Jeter and Matherne were named to the Academic All-Patriot League.
In 2012-13, the Crusaders finished in fifth place at the Patriot League Indoor Championship and fourth place at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship. Stephanie Okpoebo was named Female Track Athlete of the Meet at the outdoor championship after finishing first in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Brittany Gorksi also took home first place in the 800-meter at the event. Both Okpoebo and Gorski were named first team All-Patriot League. Amanda Waldron and the 4x100 meter relay team also posted second place finishes to earn second team All-Patriot League honors. At the Patriot League Indoor Championship, Okpoebo won the 60-meter dash and Caroline Carley won the 1,000-meter run at the indoor championship to each earn first team All-Patriot League honors. Okpoebo also finished second in the 200-meter run to claim second team All-Patriot League recognition at the event. Okpoebo broke three Holy Cross records last season, setting the 60-meter dash (indoor) mark at 7.53 seconds, 200-meter dash (indoor) at 24.29 seconds and 200-meter dash (outdoor) at 24.19 seconds. Mackenzie Arndt cleared a height of 3.85 meters in the pole vault (indoor), Oona Wood ran the 400 (outdoor) in 57.34 seconds and Abigail Mitchell ran the 2,000-meter steeplechase (outdoor) in 7:32.29. Thirty-two women's track and field members were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Sarah Dahlstrom was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team for the indoor season while Waldron received outdoor Academic All-Patriot League recognition.
In 2011-2012, the Crusaders finished fourth at the Patriot League Indoor Championship and sixth at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship. Stephanie Okpoebo won the 100 meter (outdoor) and 200 meter (outdoor and indoor) dashes and received All-Patriot League first team honors for the second year in a row. She also made the first team at the indoor championship. Brittany Gorski and Mackenzie Arndt were each named to the All-Patriot League second team for their performances in the 400 meter hurdles and pole vault, respectively. At the indoor championship, Katelyn Hartnett was named to the All-Patriot League second team for her performance in the 800 meter run. After the indoor season, Hartnett was named to the Patriot League All-Academic team for the second time while Linnehan received the honor for the first time after the outdoor season. A total of 37 women's track and field members were selected to the 2011-2012 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Four school records were recorded in the 60 meter hurdles (Linnehan), 1,000 meter run (Hartnett), 3,000 meter steeplechase (Kathleen Brekka) and 4 x 100 meter relay. Hartnett was also awarded the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award for fairness, equality and excellence in academics and athletics.
In 2010-2011, the Crusaders finished fifth at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship. Okpoebo earned All-Patriot League first team honors after winning the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the outdoor championship and 200 at the indoor championship. Linnehan and Hartnett made their mark on the school record books, while Hartnett was also named to the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League team. Thirty-three members of the team were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Hartnett was named Patriot League Runner of the Week in December.
In 2009-2010, Holy Cross finished in fourth place at both the Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Tiffany Reid took first in the 60 and 200 meter dashes and was named Female Athlete of the Meet at the indoor championship. She then picked up four more first place finishes at the outdoor championship. Under Alfonso’s guidance, the Crusaders broke seven individual records, one relay record and placed 27 on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
As a head coach at Holy Cross, Alfonso has had hundreds of student-athletes named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, coached over a dozen Patriot League champions and one CoSida Academic All-American (Emily Hogan, 2002).
An outstanding performer for the Crusaders from 1988-1992, Alfonso was a four-year letterwinner at Holy Cross. She served as the team’s co-captain during the 1991-1992 season and was a member of the school’s 4 x 100 meter relay team which held Holy Cross’ all-time record in that event. Alfonso was an All-Patriot League performer in the shot put and the 400 meter dash and an ECAC qualifier in the distance medley and competed in numerous Patriot League and New England Championships.
Alfonso began her coaching career at South High School in Worcester where she served as the assistant coach for both the boys and girls teams before taking over the head coaching position one year later. She served as South High’s head coach for boy’s and girl’s track and field for three years before moving on to take her current position at Holy Cross.
Alfonso, who is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Holy Cross and completed her Master’s work in English/Education at Clark University.
Coach Alfonso, husband, Rigoberto and their two sons, Tony and Marc, currently reside in Barre, Mass.