Women's Track And Field Places Fourth At New England Championship

BOSTON, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's track and field team competed in the two-day New England Championship this weekend placing fourth of 35 teams. Senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) finished first in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:48.02, breaking her school record by just under five seconds. Junior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) took fourth with a time of 2:55.31.

Freshman Sarah Dahlstrom (Southborough, Mass.) competed in the pentathlon finishing eighth, including a first place finish in the shot put with a distance of 11.76 meters and senior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) finished fourth in the 60 meter hurdles and tied the school record she set last week at the Patriot League Championship with a time of 8.83 seconds.

Sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) took second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.70 seconds and third in the 200 meter crossing the finish line at 24.78 seconds. Junior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) finished fourth and freshman Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.) finished seventh in the 500 meter dash with times of 1:16.43 and 1:16.95, respectively. Johnson also qualified for the ECAC Championship in the 500 meter dash.

Two Crusaders finished in 12th place including junior Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) in the 800 meter run finishing at 2:16.24 and senior Paige Sutherland (Groveland, Mass.) in the 3,000 meter run at 10:14.60. The 4x800 meter relay team comprised of Brekka, Meinelt, Gorski and Hartnett placed third with a time of 9:04.24.

Holy Cross finished among some of the best competition in the northeast. Connecticut took the top spot in the 20 event meet with a team total of 123 points. Sacred Heart took second with 76 points, followed by Rhode Island with 60 and Holy Cross tied Northeastern for fourth with 47 points.

Select members of the women's track and field team will compete in the ECAC Championship set to take place next weekend, March 3-4.