February 28, 2012

Women's Track & Field Set For Final Indoor Meet At ECAC Championship

Scoreboard: 4th of 35, New England Championship, Boston, Mass., 2/24-2/25
Schedule: Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, ECAC Indoor Championship, Boston, Mass., 9:00 a.m. (3/3) and 11:00 a.m. (3/4)

  • Qualifying members of the Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team will travel to Boston for the ECAC Championship this weekend, March 3-4. Coming off a tremendous fourth place finish in the New England Championship last weekend, the Crusaders will look to continue their success in the final indoor track and field meet of the season.
  • Last season, senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) was the top finisher for the Crusaders crossing the finish line in seventh place in the 800 meter preliminary heat setting a new school record of 2:11.67. Junior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) took 16th in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:59.07.
  • This season, freshman Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.) qualified and will run in the 500 meter dash. Hartnett qualified for both the 800 meter and 1,000 meter, but will only run in one of the two events. Senior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) will run the 60-meter hurdles after qualifying by placing first in the Patriot League Championship. Senior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) will compete in the weight throw and the team consisting of Brekka, juniors Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) and Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Hartnett will run in the 4x800 meter relay.
  • Despite qualifying for the ECAC Championship in both the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes, sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) will not compete, in preparation for the outdoor track season. The distance medley relay team of Brekka, freshman Payton Shubrick (Springfield, Mass.), Meinelt and Hartnett also qualified but will not compete.
  • In the previous meet, the team traveled to Boston on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25 to compete in the New England Championship. The Crusaders finished in fourth place among some of the best scholarship track and field programs in the northeast. Connecticut finished first with 123 points, followed by Sacred Heart (76), Rhode Island (60) and Holy Cross finished tied for fourth with Northeastern with 47 points.
  • Hartnett set a new school record in the 1,000 meter run by just under five second, finishing with a time of 2:48.02. Linnehan also tied her school record she set last weekend at the Patriot League Indoor Championship, finishing the 60-meter hurdles in 8.83 seconds.