CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass) led the Holy Cross women's track and field team this weekend at the Harvard Open by qualifying for New England Championships in both the 60 meter dash and the 200 meters. Okpoebo's time of 7.83 seconds in the 60 meter dash placed fourth overall at the event while her time of 25.77 seconds in the 200 placed second.
The Crusaders took control of the 800 meter event. Senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) won the race and qualified for New England's with a time of 2:16.78. Junior teammates Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.), Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) and Britt Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) finished up 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively with times of 2:18.56, 2:18.95 and 2:20.48.
In other sprinting action, Senior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) qualified for NE's in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.25 and finished third in the event. Also in the 60 meter hurdles, freshman Julia Levesque (West Simsbury, Conn.) qualified for the finals and finished up 10th overall with a time of 9.86 seconds. Junior Mel Forte (Milford, N.H) qualified for the finals in the 60 meter dash, finishing up 13th overall with a time of 8.00 seconds.
Freshman Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.) came in fourth place overall in the 400 meters with an New England Championship qualifying time of 59.26 seconds. Freshman Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.), Forte and freshman Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.) finished up 7th, 8th and 9th in the 200 meters with respective times of 26.52, 26.55 and 26.65 seconds.
Holy Cross will next compete at the Boston University Mini Meet on Saturday, Dec. 17.