PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the Holy Cross men's and women's track & field teams at the Alden Invitational with a second place finish in the 55 meter dash. Okpoebo's time of 7.21 seconds not only qualified her for the New England championships later in the season, but also tied the existing Holy Cross record held by former Crusader sprinter Tiffany Reid. Okpoebo also finished fifth in the 300 meter dash with a time of 42.33. Leading the way for the men's team was senior Alex Martin (Sutton, Mass.) who finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 13.37 meters and ninth in the long jump with a distance of 6.17 meters.
Additional highlights for the women's team included a first place finish in the mile by senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) who won the race with a time of 5:07.01. Junior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) finished third in the mile with a time of 5:08.40. Also in the distance events, Britt Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) came in third in the 1000 meter run with a time of 3:08.82.
In the women's throwing events, senior Lexi Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) qualified for the New England Championships in the weight with a 15.01 meter throw that placed second and also placed third in the shot put with a distance of 12.30 meters. Fellow thrower junior Kelcey Germain (Auburn, Mass.) placed third in the weight throw with a distance of 14.38 meters.
For the women's sprinters, Freshman Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.) finished fourth in the 600 with a time of 1:39.26. Junior Mel Forte (Milford, N.H.) placed fifth in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.44 seconds. Freshman Emilia Sainato (Albany, N.Y.) had a fifth place finish in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.10 seconds and freshman Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.) finished seventh in the 300 meter dash in a time of 42.85 seconds.
On the men's side, senior Michael Millard (Manhasset, N.Y.) and freshman Dominic Gerardi (Simsbury, Conn) finished third and fifth respectively in the pole vault competition. Millard cleared a height of 3.75 meters and Gerardi cleared 3.45 meters. In the thowing events, sophomore Kyle Carr (Westerly, R.I.) finished 10th in the shot put with a distance of 11.26 meters and sophomore Benjamin Dapaah-Afriyie (Attleboro, Mass.) followed in 11th with a distance of 11.18 meters. Dapaah-Afriyie also finished 12th in the men's weight throw with a distance of 10.91 meters.
Holy Cross will continue indoor action next week, Dec. 10, at the Harvard Open in Cambridge, Mass.