February 23, 2014

Okpoebo Leads HC On Final Day Of PL Championship

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Senior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) was named Female Track Athlete of the Meet after finishing first in both the 60 and 200-meter dashes on Sunday as the women's track and field team concluded the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Championship, hosted by Bucknell. Okpoebo set a new Holy Cross school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.49 seconds and crossed the finish line in 25.24 seconds in the 200-meter dash. The sprinter's times in both events were Patriot League Indoor Championship meet records.

Sophomore Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) finished first in the 1,000-meter run for the second straight season with a new meet record time of 2:52.31. The distance medley relay team comprised of Carley, senior Lauren Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.), junior Abigail Mitchell (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Catherine Gildea (Milford, Conn.) also earned a first place finish with a time of 12:11.03.

Junior Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.) finished behind Okpoebo in fourth place in the 60-meter dash with a career-best time of 7.65 and in seventh in the 200-meter dash at 25.28. Junior Emilia Sainato (Albany, N.Y.) finished third in the final of the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 8.90 seconds. Mitchell took fifth in the one mile run at 5:04.76 and senior Emily Hughes (Milton, Mass.) also finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a career-best and ECAC qualifying time of 9:58.09.

The 4x400-meter relay team made up of Okpoebo, senior Mariel Flood (Kinnelon, N.J.), junior Payton Shubrick (Springfield, Mass.) and junior Fiorella Johnson (Redding, N.J.) finished fourth with a time of 3:56.09.

In the field events, freshman Alexa Eldracher (Woodbridge, Conn.) took fourth in the triple jump with a career-best distance of 11.31 meters, junior Michelle McGahan (Acton, Mass.) finished tied for sixth in the pole vault with a height of 3.85 meters and junior Sarah Dahlstrom (Southborough, Mass.) finished eighth and set a career-best distance in the shot put at 12.07 meters.

The Crusaders finished in fifth overall with a team score of 92 points. Boston University won the team title with a score of 210. Okpoebo, Carley and the distance medley relay team also added first-team all Patriot League honors for their respective first place finishes.

Qualifying members of the women's indoor track and field team will return to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1, at the New England Indoor Championship.