May 10, 2011

Crusaders Set To Conclude Season At New England Championship

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
Scoreboard:
5th of 8, Patriot League Outdoor Championship, Easton, Pa., May 6-7
Schedule: Friday-Saturday, May 13-14, at New England Outdoor Championship, New Haven, Conn., 10:00 a.m. 

  • The Holy Cross women's track & field team will wrap up its 2011 season at the New England Outdoor Championship this weekend. The meet will be hosted by Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn.  
  • Last year, 39 teams competed at the New England Outdoor Championship, with Boston College claiming the 2010 title. The Eagles won the competition with 102 points, while New Hampshire earned second place with 93 points and UMass-Amherst took third with 60 points. Holy Cross tied with Sacred Heart for ninth place, with each team scoring 35 points. Notable performances at the 2010 championship include former Crusader Tiffany Reid's first place finishes in both the 100 and 200 and a fourth place finish in the 100 hurdles by junior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) with a time of 15.04 seconds.
  • Last weekend, the Crusaders finished fifth at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship. Bucknell defended its 2010 title and again beat Navy to be crowned 2011 Patriot League Outdoor Champions. The Bison scored 189.5 points to claim the title, while Navy placed second with 164 points. Lehigh placed third with 84 points, Lafayette earned fourth with 64 points, Holy Cross placed fifth with 62 points, narrowly edging out Army who scored 60.5 points and claimed sixth place. Colgate placed seventh with 31 points and American rounded out the competition in eighth place with 26 points.
  • Freshman Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) earned All-Patriot League first team honors, finishing first in the 100 with a time of 12.31 seconds and first in the 200 with a time of 24.85 seconds. This is Okpoebo's second time winning the honor, as her first place finish in the 200 at the 2011 Patriot League Indoor Championship also earned her a spot on the All-Patriot League first team. Okpoebo's first place finishes continue the Crusaders dominance in the sprint events, as former Crusader Tiffany Reid won both events at the 2010 Outdoor Championship and the 200 at the 2009 Championship. Okpoebo is the second athlete in Crusader history to post a sub-25 performance in the 200.
  • Linnehan earned All-Patriot League second team honors, placing second in the 100 meter hurdles with a new school record of 14.40 seconds. Linnehan broke former Crusader Dannielle Meder's 2009 record of 14.49 seconds. This is Linnehan's second time earning All-Patriot League Honors, as her school record breaking performance in the 60 meter hurdles at the 2010 Patriot League Indoor Championship also earned her a spot on the All-Patriot League team.
  • Junior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) earned All-Patriot League second team honors, with a school record breaking performance in the 800. Hartnett ran a time of 2:09.33, shattering her previous school record of 2:11.28, set just weeks earlier at the Holy Cross home meet. This is Hartnett's fourth time breaking her 800 record this season, as she lowered the record twice during the indoor season and twice during the outdoor season. Hartnett's performance in the 800 also tied the Patriot League Record of 2:09.33, set by Stephanie Bango of Buknell in 2002. However, Jess Palachio of Navy's first place finish in the 800 lowered the Patriot League Record to 2:07.35. This is Hartnett's fourth time earning All-Patriot League honors.
  • The 4x800 relay team of sophomore Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.), Senior Courtney Burgess (Dracut, Mass.), senior Cassandra Anderson (Saugus, Mass.) and Hartnett earned All-Patriot League first team honors with a first place finish and ECAC Championship qualifying time of 8:58.41.
  • The 4x100 relay team of sophomore Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.), senior Caitlin White (Miller Place, N.Y.), Straub and Okpoebo earned All-Patriot League second team honors, finishing second with an ECAC qualifying time of 47.85 seconds.
  • Senior M. Siobhan Straub (Mattituck, N.Y.) had a notable Patriot League Championship, running personal-best times in both the 100 and 200. Straub finished sixth in both events, running a time of 12.38 in the 100 and 25.42 in the 200. Burgess also ran a personal-best time in the 800, placing sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:12.90.