WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) sprinted her way to the top of the podium as the Holy Cross women's track and field team wrapped up the final day of action at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship on Saturday at the Hart Track. Okpoebo set new personal best times in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes to take home first place in both events. She crossed the finish line in 12.00 seconds flat in the 100-meter and at 24.71 seconds in the 200-meter. Okpoebo was also the final leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that set a new Holy Cross record with a time of 47.02 seconds. Other members of the record setting team included freshman Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.), junior Melanie Forte (Milford, N.H.) and freshman Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.).
Junior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) finished in second place in the 400-meter hurdles and set a new personal best time of 1:03.01 in the process. Sophomore Amanda Waldron (Walpole, Mass.) also recorded the best time of her career in the 5,000-meter run crossing the finish line in 10th place with a time of 17:49.29. The Crusaders also set season-best marks in two events. Senior Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.58 and the 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Okpoebo, freshman Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.), Hartnett and Gorski finished in fourth place with a time of 3:52.36.
After qualifying yesterday for the final heats, freshman Julia Levesque (West Simsbury, Conn.) took seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.61 seconds, Tabin finished sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.59 seconds and Forte took eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.51 seconds.
Holy Cross tallied three other top-10 finishes on the second day of competition including senior Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) who took seventh in the shot put with a throw of 12.24 meters and senior Paige Sutherland (Groveland, Mass.) who crossed the finish line 10th overall in the 1,500-meter run at 4:41.58. Johnson also finished 10th in the 400-meter run with a time of 58.50 seconds.
The Crusaders finished the meet in sixth place with a team total of 55 points. Okpoebo was involved in earning 32 of those points, recording 20 points for her two first place finishes and adding 8 points with the 4x100 and 4 points with the 4x400-meter relay teams. Navy won the title with 156.50 points knocking off second place finisher and defending champion Bucknell (133.50). Lehigh rounded out the top-three with 118 points followed by Army (83), Lafayette (79), Holy Cross, Colgate (51) and American (6).
Qualifying members of the women's track and field team will compete in the New England Outdoor Championship next weekend, May 11-12, beginning at 10:15 a.m. (5/11) and 10:00 a.m. (5/12).