BOSTON, Mass. – Junior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) and sophomore Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) each set school records as qualifying members of the Holy Cross women's track and field team competed in day one of the ECAC Indoor Championship. Okpoebo finished fourth in the semi-final of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.53 seconds to qualify for tomorrow's final heat. Arndt took third overall in the pole vault with a record setting height of 3.85 meters (12'07.50").
Okpoebo first broke her previous school record of 7.60 seconds in the 60-meter dash in the preliminaries where she crossed the finish line at 7.59. The junior also finished sixth in the 200-meter dash with a new indoor school record time of 24.29 seconds, missing the overall event record by just three one-hundredths of a second, and qualified for tomorrow's final.
Senior Brittany Gorski (Tewksbury, Mass.) crossed the finish line in fifth in the 800-meter preliminary run with a time of 2:10.74, also qualifying for tomorrow's final. The 4x800-meter relay team comprised of seniors Kathleen Brekka (Hubbardston, Mass.) and Sarah Meinelt (Topsfield, Mass.), freshman Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) and Gorski qualified for tomorrow's final with a time of 9:07.67 and seventh place finish. Carley and Brekka also competed in the 1,000-meter run, finishing 12th and 16th, respectively. Carley's time of 2:54.11 is a new team-season best while Brekka crossed the finish line in a personal season-best 2:55.59.
Holy Cross is currently tied for 12th place out of 27 teams with six team points. Connecticut leads the field with 38.50 points. The second and final day of competition at the ECAC Indoor Championship will begin tomorrow, March 3, at 9:30 a.m.