SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Six members of the Holy Cross women's track and field team qualified for the New England Championship, while the Crusaders won nine events to take home the title at the American International Invitational Saturday afternoon. Holy Cross won the team competition with 266 points. UMass-Amherst finished second with 199 points and host AIC finished third with 98 points. The College of St. Rose, Amherst, Bentley and Assumption rounded out the field.
Senior M. Siobhan Straub (Mattituck, N.Y.) won the 100 with a New England Championship qualifying time of 12.56 seconds and freshman Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) crossed the line first in the 200 with a NEC qualifying time of 25.88 seconds. Junior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) finished first in the 800 with a time of 2:20.07 and junior Paige Sutherland (Groveland, Mass.) claimed first in the 5,000 with a time of 18:19.69. Senior Rose Calvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) qualified for the NEC in the 10,000 with a first place finish and time of 38:43.15, while junior Elizabeth Humphries (Siler City, N.C.) finished third with a NEC qualifying time of 40:14.58. Junior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) marked another NEC qualifying performance in the 100 hurdles, finishing in first place with a time of 15.12 seconds and sophomore Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) qualified for the NEC in the 400 hurdles with a first place finish and time of 1:06.84.
Holy Cross claimed first in both relay events. The 4x100 team of Sophomore Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.), freshman Kylene Carey (East Bridgewater, Mass.), Straub and Okpoebo finished first with a time of 49.10 seconds. The 4x400 relay team of senior Cassandra Anderson (Saugus, Mass.), Gorski, Hartnett and freshman Catherine Cafaro (Garden City, N.Y.) crossed the line first with a time of 4:03.96.
Junior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) led the Crusaders in the field events with two first place finishes. Culkeen finished first in the shot put with a distance of 11.76 meters and won the discus with a distance of 36.71 meters. Sophomore Kelcey Germain (Auburn, Mass.) placed second in the hammer throw with a distance of 42.54 meters and freshman Christy Manning (Scarborough, Maine) finished third in the javelin with a distance of 35.85 meters. Linnehan finished third in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.47 meters, freshman Hannah Hodsden (Milton, Mass.) placed third in the pole vault with a height of 2.60 meters and sophomore Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) took third in the triple jump with a distance of 10.14 meters.
Holy Cross will continue action outdoors with select members of the team competing at the Duke Invitational on April 8, while others will race at the New Hampshire Invitational on April 9.