BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) took first in the 60 and 200-meter dashes as the Holy Cross women's track and field team competed at the Joe Donahue Games on Friday afternoon at the Reggie Lewis Center. Okpoebo crossed the finish line in the 60 in an ECAC qualifying time of 7.68 seconds and missed the ECAC qualifying time in the 200 by just one one-hundredth of a second, finishing at 25.05.
Junior Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.) finished behind Okpoebo in fourth place in both the 60 and 200 and posted a new career-best time of 7.79 in the 60. She crossed the finish line in 25.77 seconds in the 200. Junior Emilia Sainato (Albany, N.Y.) added a third place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 9.03. Junior Alexandra Parise (Pine Bush, N.Y.) took third with a career-best height of 1.60 meters in the high jump while sophomores Morgan Zurlo (Glen Falls, N.Y.) and Melissa LaCoste (Amherst, N.H.) added fourth and fifth place finishes with heights of 1.55 meters.
Other top-five finishers for the Holy Cross included freshman Alex Eckert (Bergenfield, N.J.) who took third in the pole vault (3.35 meters, career-best) and sophomore Michelle McGahan (Acton, Mass.) who took fifth in the pole vault (3.35 meters). The 4x400-meter relay team comprised of junior Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.), senior Lauren Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Okpoebo and junior Payton Shubrick (Springfield, Mass.) finished third with a time of 4:03.92 while the 4,000-meter distance medley relay team made up of freshman Rachel Sowinski (Mountain Top, Pa.), junior Abigail Mitchell (Manchester, N.H.), senior Hannah McCormick (Newburyport, Mass.) and sophomore Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) finished fifth at 12:32.93.
The women's indoor track and field team will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, for an 11:00 a.m. meet at Maine.