January 21, 2012

Women's Track & Field Places First At New Hampshire

DURHAM, N.H. – Four members of the Holy Cross women's track and field team finished first, in addition to the 4x400 relay, to lead the Crusaders to a first place finish at New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon. Holy Cross took the team title with 172.5 points, host UNH took second with 169.5 points, while Stonehill finished third with 112 points and Worcester State took fourth with 108 points.

Sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) crossed the line first in the 55 with a time of 7.24 seconds, breaking a school record set by former Crusader Tiffany Reid. Okpoebo also finished first in the 200 with a time of 26.14 seconds. Freshman Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.) was the first place finisher in the 500 with a time of 1:20.06. Senior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) ran to a first place finish in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.44 seconds. The team of Johnson, freshman Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.), senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) and Okpoebo finished in first place in the 4x400 meter relay race.

Other top Crusader finishes included a school-record breaking, second place finish by Hartnett in the 1,000 with a time of 2:51.25, a second place finish by junior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) in the one mile with a time of 5:14.32, a third place finish by junior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) in the 800 with a time of 2:22.45, a fourth place finish by freshman Payton Shubrick (Springfield, Mass.) in the 400 with a time of 1:03.93 and leading the Crusaders in the long jump was sophomore Kylene Carey (East Bridgewater, Mass.) with a distance of 4.86 meters. Hartnett's 1,000 time broke her own personal-record and marked an ECAC qualifying time.

In the throwing events, senior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) was the top Crusader in both the shot put and weight throw, finishing in first place in the shot put with a distance of 12.18 meters and a third place finish in the weight throw with a distance of 15.04 meters.

The Crusaders continue indoor action on Friday, Jan. 27 when they travel to Boston, Mass. for the Joe Donahue Indoor Games at 4:00 p.m.