Holy Cross Track & Field Wraps Up Competition At Patriot League Championship

Katelyn Hartnett

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Holy Cross freshman Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) won the 200, while junior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) set a new school record in the 800 to lead the Holy Cross men's and women's track and field teams in the final day of competition at the Patriot League Championship in Annapolis, Md. Navy won the women's team competition with 157 points, while Holy Cross finished seventh with 48 points, just two points behind Lafayette. Navy also won the men's team competition with 171 points, while Holy Cross finished eighth with eight points.

Okpeobo won the 200 with a time of 25.32 seconds and placed sixth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.94 seconds. Hartnett finished second in the 800 with a school record and ECAC qualifying time of 2:12.32 and senior Courtney Burgess (Dracut, Mass.) finished third with a time of 2:15.31. Sophomore Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) qualified for the ECAC Championship with a third place finish and time of 2:54.73 in the 1,000. Senior Cassandra Anderson (Saugus, Mass.) placed fifth in the 500 with a time of 1:17.53, junior Sarah Mellea (North Arlington, N.J.) placed sixth in the one mile with a time of 5:04.48 and junior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) finished sixth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.09 seconds.

The relay team of Hartnett, senior M. Siobhan Straub (Mattituck, N.Y.), Burgess and sophomore Lizzie Harkins (Latrobe, Pa.) placed fourth in the distance medley with a time of 12:24.51. Senior Brendan Medeiros (Fall River, Mass.) led the men's team with a third place finish and IC4A qualifying time of 2:27.84 in the 1,000. Junior Dan Altenau (Eastchester, N.Y.) placed sixth in the 3,000 with an IC4A qualifying time of 8:25.50.

Qualifying members of the men's and women's track and field teams will continue indoor competition at the New England Indoor Championship on Feb. 25 at Boston University.