February 17, 2013

Women's Track & Field Takes Fifth At Patriot League Indoor Championship

WEST POINT, N.Y.  Freshman Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) was named Rookie of the Meet after finishing first in the 1,000-meter run with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:55.35 as the Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team finished fifth at the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Championship on Sunday afternoon at Army. Carley and junior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) were named to the All-Patriot League first team for their performances in the 1,000 and 60-meter dash, respectively. Okpoebo (200), senior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) (800), and sophomore Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) (pole vault) also earned All-Patriot League second team honors, while Arndt and sophomore Marissa Romano (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) set new school records.

Carley was also a member of both the 4x800 and distance medley relay teams, which each finished third with times of 9:06.23 and 12:12.70, respectively. The distance medley team comprised of Carley, sophomore Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.), senior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) and Gorski also qualified for the ECAC Indoor Championship. Okpoebo crossed the finish line in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.70 and took second in the 200-meter dash in 25.15 seconds. Gorski ran the 800 in a career-best 2:14.14 and Arndt set a career-best and new school record mark of 3.75 meters in the pole vault, both hitting the ECAC qualifying standards.

Arndt added a fifth in the final of the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 9.43 seconds. Freshman Oona Wood (Williamstown, Mass.) took third in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:17.21 while sophomore Abigail Mitchell (Manchester, N.H.) finished seventh in the one mile run with a time of 5:07.37, bettering her career-best time by just over nine seconds. Romano landed sixth in the triple jump with a career-best and new school record distance of 11.10 meters.

Bucknell won the team championship with 162 total team points. Navy finished second with 110 points, followed by Lehigh (106.33), Army (84.33), Holy Cross (74), Lafayette (47.33) and Colgate (36).

Qualifying members of the women's track and field team will compete at the New England Indoor Championship on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.