Women's Track & Field Places Eighth At New England Championship

Paige Sutherland

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The women's track and field team finished eighth of 35 teams competing at the New England Outdoor Championship this weekend at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The 4x100 and 4x800-meter relay teams finished in second and third place, respectively, to lead the Crusaders. The 4x100-meter team, fresh off setting a new Holy Cross record of 47.02 seconds at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship last weekend, was comprised of freshman Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.), junior Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.), freshman Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.) and sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) and finished at 47.55 seconds. The 4x800-meter relay team made up of senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) and juniors Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.), Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) and Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) crossed the finish line at 9:00.76.

Okpoebo improved both the personal best times she set last weekend, finishing the 100 and 200-meter dashes in fourth place with times of 11.99 and 24.36 seconds. Hartnett also finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.90. Senior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) added a seventh place finish in the discus with a throw of 40.85 meters and, after posting her personal best time yesterday, Gorski took home eighth place in the final of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.93.

Other top performers for the Crusaders included senior Sarah Mellea (North Arlington, N.J.) who finished 12th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:43.07 and fellow classmate Paige Sutherland (Groveland, Mass.) who took home 15th in the same event at 4:44.89. Sophomore Christy Manning (Scarborough, Maine) finished behind Culkeen in the discus with a 17th place finish and throw of 35.77 meters. Rhode Island won the championship with a team score of 106 points followed by New Hampshire (73) and Vermond (59). The Crusaders finished with 38.50 team points.

The 2012 women's track and field season has come to an end.