Eight Crusaders Compete At The Scarlet & White Invitational

Lauren Bellerose

BOSTON, Mass. – Eight members of the women's track and field team traveled to the Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston University on Saturday morning as one final tune up before the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Championship. Senior Lauren Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior Mackenzie Arndt (Merrimack, Mass.) led the way for the Crusaders with third place finishes.

Bellerose surpassed the career-fastest time she set as a freshman in the 500-meter dash by .24 seconds, finishing at 1:19.44. Arndt competed in the pole vault for the first time this season, clearing a height of 3.50 meters, and also finished ninth in the final of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.52 seconds.  Three Crusaders competed in the 60-meter dash as junior Maddie Dodge (Rumford, R.I.) registered a new personal-best time of 8.19 seconds (18th) while freshmen Alliyah Veilleux (Winslow, Maine) and Xanthi Pantazelos (Danvers, Mass.) posted times of 8.23 (20th) and 8.46 (24th) seconds, respectively.

Freshman Victoria Stephens (Cranston, R.I.) bettered her season-best time in the 800-meter run by 5.28 seconds, crossing the finish line at 2:23.08 (18th). Sophomore Katie Holdridge (Preston, Conn.) just missed a person-best time by just over one second in the 3,000-meter run, taking 15th at 11:02.76. Freshman Jennifer Kimball (South Weymouth, Mass.) rounded out the field of Crusader competitors, finishing behind Arndt in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.94 seconds (15th).

The women's indoor track and field team will return to action on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23, at the Patriot League Indoor Championship.