PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Holy Cross men's track and field team swept the weight throw competition, while junior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) placed second in the one mile to lead the women's team as the Crusaders opened the season at the Alden Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Kenneth McKenna (Ossining, N.Y.), freshman Kyle Carr (Westerly, R.I.) and junior Tim Paquette (Malden, Mass.) finished first, second and third respectively to lead the Crusaders in the weight throw. McKenna recorded a distance of 14.34 meters, Carr 11.92 meters and Paquette with a distance of 11.61 meters. Hartnett finished second in the one mile with a time of 5:08.69.
In the 55 meter dash, freshman Ross Davies placed sixth with a time of 6.78 seconds to lead the men's team, while senior M. Siobhan Straub (Mattituck, N.Y.) finished sixth with a time of 7.54 seconds to lead the women. Freshman Tim Moczula (Edison, N.J.) placed third in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.35 seconds and freshman Thomas St. Cyr (Temple, N.H.) finished fourth with a time of 8.42 seconds. Junior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 8.47 seconds to lead the women's team in the 55 meter hurdles and qualify for the New England Championship.
Sophomore Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) finished third in the 600 with a time of 1:40.61, senior Cassandra Anderson (Saugus, Mass) took fifth in the 1,000 with a time of 3:05.44 and sophomore Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) placed third in the one mile with a time of 5:19.27. The Holy Cross 4x400 meter relay team of sophomore Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.), Gorski, freshman Yulissa Nunez (Lawrence, Mass.) and freshman Lauren Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.) placed fourth with a time of 4:08.98.
Holy Cross claimed second place in the men's and women's triple jump. Junior Alex Martin (Sutton, Mass.) finished second for the men's team with a distance of 13.49 meters, while Meinelt led the women's team with a distance of 11.00 meters, missing the school record by .75 inches. In the long jump, St. Cyr finished third with a distance of 5.83 meters, while freshman Kylene Carey (East Bridgewater, Mass.) finished fifth with a distance of 4.82 meters.
Holy Cross will continue indoor action next week, Dec. 11, at the Harvard Open in Cambridge, Mass.