February 23, 2013

Women's Track & Field Finishes Third At New England Championship

BOSTON, Mass.  Junior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) tied her school record in the 60-meter dash as the Holy Cross women's track and field team finished third of 34 teams at the New England Indoor Championship on Saturday, hosted by Boston University. Okpoebo finished the event in third place with a time of 7.60 seconds and added a second place finish in the 200-meter dash with a new indoor Holy Cross record time of 24.59.

Senior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) took first place in the final of the 800-meter run with a career-best time of 2:10.65. Gorski claims the fasted indoor 800-meter time in Holy Cross history and was just 1.33 seconds behind the overall 800-meter record. Freshman Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) took third in the final of the 1,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in a season-best 2:55.22, while senior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) took fifth in the event with a time of 2:58.89. Freshman Oona Wood (Williamstown, Mass.) finished seventh in the final of the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:16.06, after qualifying yesterday with a season-best time of 1:15.54.

Junior Emily Hughes (Milton, Mass.) posted a career-best time of 10:09.06 in the 3,000-meter run, surpassing her previous mark by 8.72 seconds. Sophomore Sarah Dahlstrom (Southborough, Mass.) set a season-best score in the pentathlon on day one of competition, yesterday, with a total of 3,143 points. The 4x800-meter relay team comprised of Brekka, Carley, senior Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) and Gorski finished in second place and set a new season-best time of 9:04.82 seconds. 

Holy Cross' third place team finish is its best in school historyat the New England Indoor Championship. Last year, the squad finished fourth of 35 teams. Connecticut won the team championship with 149.33 points, followed Providence with 54 points. The Crusaders finished a close third with 51.33 points, defeating such division I competition as Sacred Heart, Rhode Island, Boston University, Northeastern, New Hampshire, Vermont, UMass Amherst and Bryant.

Qualifying members of the women's indoor track and field team will compete at the ECAC Indoor Championship, beginning Friday, March 1, at 4:15 p.m.