DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) sprinted to the finish line in 7.18 seconds in the 55-meter dash and 26.15 seconds in the 200-meter dash to record two first place finishes and lead the Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team to a 94-87 victory at New Hampshire on Saturday.
Freshman Oona Wood (Williamstown, Mass.) took first place in the 500-meter dash with a team season-best time of 1:17.84 while senior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) finished first in the 800-meter with a team season-best time of 2:17.55. Senior Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) recorded two second place finishes in the 1,000-meter run and one mile with times of 3:05.38 and 5:11.46, respectively. Sophomore Payton Shubrick (Springfield, Mass.) crossed the finish line in second place in the 400-meter run at 1:03.34 while junior Kylene Carey (West Bridgewater, Mass.) landed second in the 55-meter hurdles in a team season-best time of 8.75 seconds. Junior Amanda Waldron (Walpole, Mass.) also ran a team season-best time in the 3,000-meter with a time of 10:36.11.
The 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams each tallied first place finishes. The 4x400 team comprised of Wood, Shubrick, Gorski and sophomore Sarah Dahlstrom (Southborough, Mass.) ran a time of 4:14.26 while the 4x800 team of freshman Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.), sophomore Abigail Mitchell (Manchester, N.H.), senior Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.) and Gorski crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 9:44.87.
The Crusaders dominated the field events while setting three team season-bests marks. Sophomore Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) finished first in the pole vault with a personal season-best height of 3.60 meters, freshman Morgan Zurlo (Glen Falls, N.Y.) was first in the high jump at 1.55 meters and Carey landed first in the long jump at 5.24 meters. Freshman Alex Eckert (Bergenfield, N.J.) also took first in the triple jump at 10.52 meters and Dahlstrom added a first place finish and tied her career-high distance of 11.76 meters in the shot put.
The women's indoor track and field team will return to competition on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Joe Donahue Invitational.