Katelyn Hartnett Paces Holy Cross Track & Field At New England Championship

Stephen Madsen & Ben Brink

BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) finished fourth and set a new school record in the 1,000 to lead the Holy Cross men's and women's track and field teams at the New England Championship on Saturday afternoon. The women's team finished 12th out of 34 teams while the men's team finished 26th out of 34 teams.  

Hartnett finished the 1,000 with a time of 2:53.42, breaking Nancy Sullivan's school record time of 2:54.46 set in 1991. In the 55 meter hurdles, sophomore Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) finished in seventh place with a time of 8.35 seconds. Senior Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) placed ninth in the 500 with a time of 1:17.55 and junior Ashley Buckley (Duxbury, Mass.) took seventh in the pentathlon with 2,887 points.

In the relay events, Holy Cross finished sixth in the 4x800. Junior Courtney Burgess (Dracut, Mass.), sophomore Sarah Mellea (North Arlington, N.J.), senior Maureen Meagher (Allentown, Pa.) and Hartnett finished with a time of 9:20.35. In the 4x400 the Crusaders placed 10th with a time of 4:00.63. Pruszko, freshman Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.), freshman Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Hartnett teamed up for the race. The men's distance medley relay, ran by Freshman Kyle Shepard (White Plains, N.Y.), junior James Fletcher (Woburn, Mass.), senior Chase Kennedy (Marblehead, Mass.) and senior Brendan Medeiros (Fall River, Mass.) finished in 15th place with a time of 10:21.20.

Qualifying members of the Holy Cross track and field teams will compete at the ECAC/IC4A Indoor Championship March 6-7 in Boston, Mass.