December 4, 2012

Women's Indoor Track And Field Readies For Two Meets This Weekend

Scoreboard: No Team Scores, Jay Carisella Invitational, Boston, Mass., 12/1
Schedule: Friday, Dec. 7 at Rhode Island Pentathlon, Kingston, R.I., 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8 at Harvard Open, Cambridge, Mass., 9:00 a.m.

  • Select members of the Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team will travel to Rhode Island on Friday, Dec. 7, to take part in the Rhode Island Pentathlon. The full team will then travel to Cambridge, Mass. for the Harvard open on Saturday, Dec. 8.
  • Holy Cross last sent a student-athlete to the Rhode Island Pentathlon in 2010 as graduate Ashley Buckley finished in ninth place with a total of 2,686 points. Sophomore Sarah Dahlstrom (Southborough, Mass.) and freshman Morgan Zurlo (Glen Falls, N.Y.) are currently scheduled to represent Holy Cross at this year's Rhode Island Pentathlon.
  • At the 2011 Harvard Open, junior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the Crusaders with a second place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.77) and fourth place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.83). Both times qualified her for the New England Indoor Championship. Holy Cross also took four of the top-five spots in the 800-meter run with graduate Katelyn Hartnett taking first overall and seniors Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.), Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) and Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) taking third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Okpoebo and freshman Oona Wood (Williamstown, Mass.) were each recognized by the Patriot League for their performances last week at the Jay Carisella Invitational. Okpoebo won M-F Athletic Patriot League Female Track Athlete of the Week after finishing first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.74 seconds and third in the 200-meter dash with an ECAC-qualifying time of 25.02 seconds. Wood was awarded M-F Athletic Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week by placing second in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:16.86. It was the first time either student-athlete has received league recognition and the first time since the 2010 indoor season that any Holy Cross student-athlete has been recognized by the league for her performance the previous week.
  • Gorski also added a first place finish in the season-opening meet at the Jay Carisella Invitational last week. She won the 1,000-meter run by just .16 seconds with a time of 2:59.55. Brekka added a second place finish in the 800-meter run and fourth place finish in the one-mile. Sophomore Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) led the Crusaders in the field events with a second place finish in the pole vault.
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