ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Holy Cross freshman Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) qualified for the finals in the 60 and 200 meter dashes, while junior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) qualified for the finals in the 60 meter hurdles in the first day of action at the Patriot League Championship in Annapolis, Md. After a full day's competition, Navy leads both the men's and women's team competition.
Okpoebo qualified for the finals in the 60 with a time of 7.92 seconds and hit a qualifying mark of 25.46 seconds in the 200. Linnehan qualified for the finals of the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.13 seconds. Junior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) scored for the Crusaders with a sixth place finish in the weight throw with a distance of 14.86 meters. The 4x800 relay team of junior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.), senior Cassandra Anderson (Saugus, Mass), sophomore Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) and senior Courtney Burgess (Dracut, Mass.) finished second with an ECAC qualifying time of 9:01.60.
The men's team was led by a sixth place finish in the 4x800 by the team of junior Stephen Madsen (New Providence, N.J.), freshman Nick Petsky (Manorville, N.Y.), sophomore Nick Poles (Quincy, Mass.) and freshman Sam McGrath (Tyngsboro, Mass.) with an IC4A qualifying time of 7:49.06. In the 60 meter dash, freshman Andrew Zitnik (Warren, Ohio) and junior Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) qualified for the semifinals with times of 7.11 seconds and 7.22 seconds respectively, but failed to reach the finals.
Holy Cross continues action at the Patriot League Championship on Sunday, Feb. 20 with the first event scheduled for 10:00 a.m.