WORCESTER, Mass. – Select members of the Holy Cross outdoor track and field team competed in the Worcester State University Invitational and the Dick Shea Open at Army this weekend. The Crusaders took part in four different events at the WSU Invitational, namely the men's and women's hammer and javelin throws. At the Dick Shea Open, Holy Cross student-athletes participated in seven different events including the men's and women's hammer throw, shot put and discus throw and the women's javelin throw.
Worcester State University Invitational
Seniors Chase Bradford (West Bridgewater, Mass.) and Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) took home first place finishes for the men's and women's teams in their respective events. Bradford threw the javelin a winning distance of 58.15 meters and Culkeen won the hammer throw with a distance of 47.10 meters.
Other top women's finishers included sophomore Christy Manning (Scarborough, Maine) who took third in the hammer throw with a distance of 39.84 meters and junior Kelcey Germain (Auburn, Mass.) who took fourth with a throw of 39.54 meters. Manning also landed fourth in the javelin throw with a distance of 34.52 meters and senior Megan Skwirz (Smithfield, R.I.) finished eighth in both the javelin and hammer throw events with distances of 29.26 meters and 31.34 meters, respectively.
Sophomore Muhammad Javaid (Worcester, Mass.) and freshman Brian Wheeler (Malden, Mass.) finished behind Bradford in the javelin throw placing eighth and ninth, respectively, with distances of 43.22 and 42.44 meters. Senior Joe Tutino (Taunton, Mass.) took 14th with a 40.20 meter throw. Sophomore Kyle Carr (Westerly, R.I.) and freshmen Luke Barrett (Medfield, Mass.), Sean Carey (Newburyport, Mass.) and Nolan Kiernan (Wakefield, R.I.) all represented Holy Cross in the hammer throw. Carr took home the top spot with a 10th place finish and distance of 37.35 meters.
Dick Shea Open
Culkeen finished first overall in the shot put with a distance of 12.24 meters to lead the Crusaders. She also finished sixth in the hammer throw and seventh in the discus throw with distances of 46.53 and 34.09 meters, respectively. Manning led Holy Cross in the discus and javelin throws with fifth and seventh place finishes. She threw the discus 34.57 meters and the javelin 34.08 meters.
Carr, Barrett, Carey and Kiernan took part in all three of the day's events. Carr took home the top overall Crusader spot in the hammer throw with a distance of 36.40 meters. Kiernan was the highest Holy Cross finisher in the shot put with a distance of 11.25 meters and Carey had the farthest Crusader discus throw landing at 31.79 meters.
The men's and women's track and field teams will return to action on Saturday, April 7, when they travel to New Hampshire to face the Wildcats and Maine at 11:00 a.m.