Women's Track & Field Defeats New Hampshire, 221.50-215.50

Stephanie Okpoebo

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) broke her own school record in the 55-meter dash as the women's track and field team came away with a 221.50-215.50 victory on the road Saturday at New Hampshire. Okpoebo took first and set the new Holy Cross 55-meter pace at 7.14 seconds. She added another first place finish 200-meter dash at 25.92.

Six other Crusaders added individual first place finishes including senior Christy Manning (Scarborough, Maine) who set a new career-best mark in the weight throw at 14.41 meters, senior Lauren Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.) in the 500 with a time of 1:21.60 and senior Emily Hughes (Milton, Mass.) in the 3,000 at 10:14.92. Junior Emilia Sainato (Albany, N.Y.) took the top spot in the 55-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line at 8.55, junior Michelle McGahan (Acton, Mass.) won the pole vault (3.34 meters) and sophomore Elizabeth Provost (Adams, Mass.) finished first in the shot put (12.11 meters).

The 4x800-meter relay team comprised of sophomore Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.), senior Hannah McCormick (Newburyport, Mass.), junior Abigail Mitchell (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman Rachel Sowinski (Mountain Top, Pa.) also added a first place finish with a time of 9:31.95.

Other top performers for Holy Cross included junior Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.) who finished behind Okpoebo in the 55 and 200 in second place with times of 7.22 (new personal-best) and 26.33, respectively. Sophomore Oona Wood (Williamstown, Mass.) finished behind Bellerose in second place in the 500 with a time of 1:23.13 and McCormick took second in the 800 at 2:21.62.

In the field events, freshman Jennifer Kimball (South Weymouth, Mass.) finished second in the high jump (1.60 meters), junior Alexandra Parise (Pine Bush, N.Y.) was second behind McGahan in the pole vault (3.19 meters) and junior Sarah Dahlstrom (Southborough, Mass.) took second in the long jump (4.83 meters).

The women's indoor track and field team will return to action on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Joe Donahue Games at 3:00 p.m.