BOSTON, Mass. – Junior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) and senior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) each finished first overall in their respective events as the Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team opened the 2012-2013 season at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Saturday in Boston. Okpoebo crossed the finish line in the 60-meter dash at 7.74 seconds while Gorski finished the 1,000-meter run at 2:59.55, defeating Cassandra Kruse from New Hampshire by .16 seconds. Okpoebo also finished third in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 25.02.
Freshman Oona Wood (Williamstown, Mass.) was the top rookie performer for the Crusaders with a second place finish in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:16.86. Senior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) tallied two top-five finishes as she took third in the 800-meter run (2:19.59) and fourth in the one-mile run (5:04.84).
In the field events, sophomore Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) took second in the pole vault with a height of 3.50 meters. Freshman Elizabeth Provost (Adams, Mass.) finished fourth in shot put with a distance of 11.92 meters while senior Kelcey Germain (Auburn, Mass.) and sophomore Marissa Romano (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) each recorded fifth place finishes. Germain finished the weight throw with a distance of 14.50 meters while Romano jumped 5.24 meters in the long jump.
Select members of the women's indoor track and field team will return to action at the Rhode Island Pentathlon on Dec. 7 while the full squad will participate in the Harvard Open on Dec. 8.