CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's track and field team competed in day one of the New England Outdoor Championship on Friday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as three Crusaders set personal best marks in their respective events. Sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished first in her heat and third overall in the 200-meter dash with a personal record time of 24.58 seconds and qualified for tomorrow's final. Okpoebo also took second in her qualifying heat and seventh overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.23 seconds to advance to the day two final.
Junior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) earned a second place finish in her heat and took the eighth overall spot to qualify for the final in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 1:02.93. Freshman Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) secured the top finish for the Crusaders on day one with a fourth place jump in the pole vault at 3.55 meters. Sophomore Emily Hughes (Milton, Mass.) also finished in the top-10, placing seventh in the 5,000-meter run with a season best time of 17:55.05.
Other top performers for the Crusaders included junior Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.) who set a personal best record of 25.74 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Forte also finished 16th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.57 seconds. Freshman Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.) finished behind Okpoebo in the 200-meter with a time of 25.66 and senior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) was the top field performer behind Arndt, finishing in the top-20 in the hammer throw with a distance of 44.54 meters.
The women's track and field team will wrap up the New England Outdoor Championship tomorrow, May 12, beginning at 10:00 a.m.