Crusaders Compete At 2006 Patriot League Championships

May 6, 2006


WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's outdoor track and field teams both finished up the Patriot League Championships on Saturday afternoon. The Crusader men took seventh place overall with 17 points and the women took eighth of eight teams with five total points.

On the men's side, Army won its 16th consecutive Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field title with a total of 219.50 points. The Bucknell women won their third straight title with 187.50 overall points.

The Crusader men were once again led by sophomore Nathaniel Couture (Taunton, Mass.), who put together his second best performance of the spring in the javelin throw with a toss of 195'4". Couture took fourth place overall to earn four points for the Holy Cross men's team total with a throw that was just over two feet out of second place.

Freshman Andrew Maggio (Chelmsford, Mass.) took fourth place overall in the men's 200-meter dash with a 22.22 time that was identical to his Friday qualifier. Maggio earned four team points for Holy Cross with his performance.

The Crusader men's 4x400-meter relay team gained six team points as result of their third place bronze medal finish with a time of 3:21.82. They were the only Holy Cross competitor to win a medal during the entire 2006 Championship.

Also receiving points was the men's 4x100-meter relay team that took fifth place with a time of 42.84, just edging out the team from Bucknell University. The Crusaders gained two points for the showing.

Junior Nicholas Carr (Concord, Mass.) was the final Crusader to pick up points towards the 17 point team total as he finished sixth in the men's weight throw. Carr recorded a distance of 160'7" to gain one point in the event.

Another highlight for the Holy Cross men was the performance of sophomore Conor Meikle (Newport, R.I.). Meikle finished tied for seventh in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 14'1.25" to draw even with Gavin Mohrmann of Army.

For the Holy Cross women, senior Jessica Fallon (Nashua, N.H.) broke the school record in the women's pole vault on her way to a fourth place finish overall. The senior cleared a height of 11'5.75" to top the Holy Cross school record the she already shared with Courtney Walls and Kaitlin Palmer of 11'3.75". Fallon cleared her previous school record at Lehigh in 2005 Patriot League Championships.

The other championship point towards the Crusader women's total of five was scored by the 4x100-meter relay team that took fifth overall with a time of 50.36. Members of the team are freshman Lesley Bautista (St. Johns, NL), freshman Danielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.), junior Kaitlyn Mearn (Milton, Mass.), and senior Meghan Carrette (North Reading, Mass.).

Freshman Katherine Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) broke a 12-year old Holy Cross school record in the women's javelin throw with a toss of 129'3". Teammate Eileen Geoghegan (Merrimac, Mass.) also broke the previous school record with a throw of 121'10" but was later topped by Clifford. The old school record for the javelin was held by Amy Sparrow (120'11") and was set in 1994.

Also setting a new school record was the women's 4x400-meter relay team that took seventh overall with a time of 3:58.81. The team is made up by freshman Lauren Tallon (Lake Forest, Ill.), senior Emily Winacoo (Holden, Mass.), freshman Sophia Grammenos (Gardner, Mass.), and freshman Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.). The previous record was held since 1998.

In the women's 100-meter hurdles, Meder ran a personal best time of 14.98 to qualify for the finals. Her time is the fastest in the 100-meter hurdles by a Crusader woman since Susan Daley recorded a school record time of 14.51 in 1989. Meder went on to finish seventh overall in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday.

Freshman Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) and senior Kerilyn Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in the women's heptathlon. Swiatocha won the 800-meter heptathlon run and gained 4104 points overall while Anderson finished with 3781 points.


Men: Senior John Nieskens (Peterborough, N.H.) took ninth overall in the men's 10,000 men run with a time of 32.13.82. The time was just over one minute off the pace set by Awit Yohannes of American ... Freshman Jonathan Medeiros (New Bedford, Mass.) finished eighth overall in the men's discus throw with a final distance of 129'9"... Senior Daniel Ryan (East Hempstead, N.H.) finished eighth in the high jump with a clearance of 6'2.25" ... In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Christopher Bier (Rockville Center, N.Y.) took ninth place with a time of 55.60, just under three second off the pace ... Sophomore Kevin Dowd (Broad Brook, Conn.) finished ninth in the men's triple jump with a distance of 42'6".

Women: Bautista also had a strong showing in the pole vault with a personal best of 10'11.75" to take eight place overall ... Setting a personal best, Katherine Clifford also finished eighth overall in the women's discus throw with a throw of 122''3" ... Lauren Courtney set a ran a personal best time of 59.28 took take ninth in the 400-meter dash ... Mearn had a solid individual weekend, finishing 13th in the 100-meter qualifier and 15th in the 200-meter qualifier ... Senior Meredith Johnson (St. Albans, Vt.) set a personal record of 15.89 in the 100-meter hurdles en route to her 10th place finish .. Senior Rebecca Cole (Barrington, R.I.) finished seventh in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 148' 6".