Women's Track & Field Set To Begin Outdoor Season At Husky Spring Open

Paige Sutherland

Scoreboard: No Meets
Schedule: Saturday, March 24, Husky Spring Open, Boston, Mass., 10:00 a.m.

  • The outdoor track and field season is set to begin on Saturday, March 24 at the Husky Spring Open at Northeastern. Last season, senior Erin Linnehan (Litchfield, N.H.) finished first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.92 seconds. Sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished second in the 100 meter dash at 13.02 seconds and juniors Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.) and Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) added a pair of fifth place finishes in the 400 meter and 800 meter with times of 1:04.26 and 2:24.49, respectively. Sophomore Lauren Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.) took seventh in the in the 800, finishing at 2:27.34.
  • In last year's field events, senior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) placed second in the shot put (12.12 meters), third in the discus (33.22 meters) and fifth in the hammer throw (43.69). Sophomore Kylene Carey (East Bridgewater, Mass.) took second in the long jump with a distance of 4.99 meters and sophomore Mariel Flood (Milton, Mass.) placed third at 4.94 meters.
  • The Crusaders are coming off a very successful indoor track season, highlighted by a fourth place finish out of 35 teams at the New England Indoor Championship (2/25). Holy Cross set new indoor records in four events.
  • Senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) first broke the record in the 1,000 meter run at New Hampshire on Jan. 21 with a time of 2:51.25. Hartnett then re-set that record at the New England Indoor Championship crossing the finish line at 2:48.02 on Feb. 25. Okpoebo twice tied and twice broke the record in the 55 meter dash. The sprinter tied the time of 7.27 seconds at the Alden Invitational (12/3) and set a new record of 7.24 seconds at New Hampshire (1/21). She then tied that mark the very next week at the Joe Donahue Indoor Games (1/27) and set the current school record of 7.23 seconds at Maine (2/4). Okpoebo also set a new record in the 60 meter dash at the Patriot League Championship on Feb. 19, finishing with a time of 7.60 seconds. Linnehan set a new mark of 8.93 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles during the semi-final of the Patriot League Championship (2/18) and lowered that time to 8.83 seconds in the finals the next day (2/19). Linnehan went on to tie the current time of 8.83 the following week at the New England Indoor Championship (2/25).