Women's Track & Field Hosts Day One Of Patriot League Outdoor Championship

Mackenzie Arndt

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's track and field team opened day one of the Patriot League Outdoor Championship on Friday at the Hart Track. Freshman Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) recorded the top finish for the Crusaders taking second in the pole vault with a personal best height of 3.70 meters. Three Crusaders will compete in tomorrow's final heats in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 100-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished first in the 100 and 200-meter preliminaries with times of 12:09 and 24.74 seconds to qualify for tomorrow's finals. Junior Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.) finished seventh in the 100 and freshman Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.) took seventh in the 200 to also qualify for tomorrow's finals. Forte crossed the finish line with a time of 12.37 seconds and Tabin qualified with a time of 25.56 seconds. Tabin missed qualifying for the 100-meter by just one-tenth of a second.  Freshman Julia Levesque (West Simsbury, Conn.) took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and qualified for the final crossing the line in third place in her heat with a time of 15:43.

Senior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) finished seventh in the hammer throw with a distance of 47.64 meters. The 4x800 meter relay team comprised of juniors Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.), Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) and senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) also set a person best time finishing in fifth place at 8:57.38.

Freshmen Marissa Romano (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) and Cailee Dean (Southhampton, Mass.) were the top Holy Cross finishers in the long jump with distances of 5.12 and 5.11 meters, respectively. Sophomore Christy Manning (Scarborough, Maine) and junior Kelcey Germain (Auburn, Mass.) finished behind Culkeen in the hammer throw with distances of 41.18 and 39.77, respectively. Freshman Michelle McGahan (Acton, Mass.) finished the pole vault with a height of 3.10 meters and freshman Emilia Sainato (Albany, N.Y.) finished the 100-meter hurdles with at time of 16.78 seconds. Manning and senior Megan Skwirz (Smithfield, R.I.) led the Crusaders in the javelin with throws of 32.58 and 30.41 meters, respectively. Freshmen Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.) and Maddie Dodge (Rumford, R.I.) finished out the field of Holy Cross student-athletes who competed on day one with Bobinski finishing the 100-meter dash at 12.70 seconds and 200-meter at 26.44 seconds while Dodge crossed the finish line in the 100 at 13.09 seconds.

After one day of competition, three-time defending champion Bucknell leads the way with 44 team points. Lehigh sits in a close second with 41 points and Lafayette rounds out the top three with 35 points. Holy Cross currently sits in sixth place with 10 team points. The Crusaders will be competing in 14 events tomorrow and look move up in the rankings.

The Crusaders will conclude competition at the  2012 Patriot League Outdoor Championship tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, beginning at 10:15 a.m.