Women’s Track & Field Finishes Fifth At Patriot League Championship

Erin Linnehan

EASTON, Pa. – Two first place finishes, two school records and two ECAC qualifying times paced the Holy Cross women's track and field team in the final day of action at the Patriot League Championship on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished first in two events, junior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) and junior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) each broke a school record, while Hartnett and the 4x100 relay team both hit ECAC qualifying marks. Holy Cross finished fifth overall with 62 points. Bucknell won the team title with 189.5 points, Navy finished second with 164 points, Lehigh in third with 84 points and Lafayette fourth (64). Holy Cross finished fifth just two points

Okpoebo finished first in the 100 with a time of 12.31 seconds and won the 200 with a time of 24.85 seconds. Senior M. Siobhan Straub (Mattituck, N.Y.) also placed in the sprint events, finishing in sixth place in the 100 with a time of 12.56 seconds and sixth in the 200 with a time of 25.47 seconds. Hartnett finished second in the 800 with a new school record time of 2:09.33, shattering her previous school record time. Senior Courtney Burgess (Dracut, Mass.) placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:12.90. Linnehan placed second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.40, setting a school record in the process.

The 4x100 relay team of sophomore Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.), senior Caitlin White (Miller Place, N.Y.), Straub and Okpoebo finished second with an ECAC qualifying time of 47.85 seconds. Sophomore Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) placed sixth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:04.19 and the 4x400 relay team of senior Cassandra Anderson (Saugus, Mass.), Burgess, Gorski and Hartnett placed fourth with a time of 3:54.32.     

Qualifying members of the Holy Cross track and field team will compete at the New England Championship and ECAC Championship on May 13.