DURHAM, N.H. – Five members of the Holy Cross women's track and field team finished first, in addition to two relays, to lead the Crusaders to a second place finish at New Hampshire Saturday afternoon. Host UNH took home the team title with 204.5 points, while the Crusaders finished second with 183.5. Stonehill finished third with 97.5 points and Worcester State took fourth with 94.5 points.
Sophomore Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.) crossed the line first in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.42 seconds. Forte and freshman Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the field in the 200, with Okpoebo taking first with a time of 26.90 seconds and Forte finishing second with a time of 27.26 seconds. In the one mile, sophomore Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) placed first with a time of 5:13.25, while junior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) finished first in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.50 seconds.
Leading the Crusaders with second place finishes was freshman Lauren Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.) in the 400 with a time of 1:02.38, sophomore Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) in the 500 with a time of 1:22.18, junior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) in the 800 with a time of 2:15.03, senior Courtney Burgess (Dracut, Mass.) in the 1,000 with a time of 3:03.66 and junior Elizabeth Humphries (Siler City, N.C.) in the 3,000 with a time of 10:43.93. Holy Cross swept the relay events, taking first in the 4x400 with a time of 4:13.17 and first in the 4x800 with a time of 9:41.52.
In the field events, junior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) placed first in the shot put with a distance of 12.19 meters, while junior Cassie Canastra (Rochester, Mass.) placed second with a distance of 11.16 meters. Culkeen finished second in the weight throw with a distance of 14.88 meters. Freshman Hannah Hodsden (Milton, Mass.) placed second in the pole vault with a height of 2.60 meters.
The Crusaders continue indoor action on Jan. 28 when they travel to Boston, Mass. for the Boston Indoor Games.