Women's Track & Field Competes At Valentine Invitational

Stephanie Okpoebo

BOSTON, Mass. – The women's indoor track and field team traveled to the Valentine Invitational on Friday afternoon and sophomore Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) led the team with a third place finish in the 1,000-meter run with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:49.46. Her time was one second off the Holy Cross school record and goes down as the second-fastest 1,000-meter time in school history.

Senior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished fifth in the final of 60-meter dash with a time of 7.64, after taking second in the qualifying heat (7.60). Okpoebo also finished 15th in the 200 with a season-best time of 24.96 seconds. Both times surpassed the ECAC qualifying standard. Other top finishers for the Crusaders included juniors Michelle McGahan (Acton, Mass.) and Alexandra Parise (Pine Bush, N.Y.) who finished tied for fourth and 10th in the pole vault with a heights of 3.50 and 3.35 meters, respectively. McGahan's height qualifed her for the the New England Championship.

Sophomore Elizabeth Provost (Adams, Mass.) finished eighth in the shot put with a season-best distance of 12.35 meters, junior Emilia Sainato (Albany, N.Y.) took 12th in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best and New England qualifying time of 9.01 and junior Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.) finished behind Okpoebo in the 200 with a personal-best time of 25.07, just three one-hundredths of a second off the ECAC qualifying standard.

Freshman Jennifer Kimball (South Weymouth, Mass.) finished 12th in the high jump (1.60 meters), fellow classmate Alexa Eldracher (Woodbridge, Conn.) landed 12th in the long jump (season-best 5.30 meters) and 22nd in the triple jump (season-best 11.10), junior Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.) took 17th in the 500 (season-best 1:19.24) and freshman Rachel Sowinski (Mountain Top, Pa.) crossed the finish line behind Carley in 19th in the 1,000 (personal-best, NE qualifying 3:00.73).

Other New England qualifying performances for Holy Cross included sophomore Cassie Gildea (Milford, Conn.) in the 800 (2:17.88), junior Abigail Mitchell (Manchester, N.H.) in the one mile (personal-best 5:00.33), senior Hannah McCormick (Newburyport, Mass.) also in the one mile (personal-best 5:04.34), senior Sandra van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) in the 5,000 (personal-best 18:03.66) and senior Emily Hughes (Milton, Mass.) in the 3,000 with a personal-best time of 9:59.46, just missing qualifying for the ECAC Championship by less than a second. Hughes' time marked the first time in nearly 20 years a Crusader has posted a sub-10 minute 3,000-meter time.

Freshman Samantha Speroni (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.) (pole vault, 3.20 meters), freshman Gabriela West (Chester, N.J.) (400 meter, 1:00.41) and junior Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.) (400 meter, 59.76) all also recorded personal-best times.

The 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Okpoebo, junior Payton Shubrick (Springfield, Mass.), Johnson and Bobinski added a 16th place finish with a season-best time of 3:55.98.

Select members of the women's indoor track and field team travel to the Scarlet and White Invitatinoal, hosted by Boston University, on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10:00 a.m. The entire team will return to action on Feb. 21-23 at the Patriot League Championship.