BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) finished first in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run with a career-best time of 2:12.12 as the Holy Cross women's track and field team completed day one of competition at the New England Indoor Championship. Four other Crusaders hit qualifying times in preliminary heats including junior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.), senior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) and freshmen Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) and Oona Wood (Williamstown, Mass.).
Okpoebo finished first in her heat in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.72 seconds and took fourth overall in the 200-meter dash prelims with a time of 24.67. Brekka crossed the finish line in third place in the 1,000-meter run with a season-best time of 2:57.09 followed by Carley who took fourth with a time of 2:59.59. Wood finished eighth in the 500-meter at 1:15.54, improving her season-best time in the event by 1.67 seconds.
Other top track performers for the Crusaders included junior Sandra van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) who set a new career-best mark in the 5,000-meter run at 18:09.22 and senior Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) who posted a season-best time in the 800 at 2:16.50, missing her career-best mark by .28 seconds. Sophomore Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.) also set a new season-best time in the 200 at 25.78.
In the field events, sophomore Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) led the way for the Crusaders with a second place finish in the pole vault with a height of 3.70 meters.
The second and final day of the New England Indoor Championship will begin tomorrow, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m.