Carley Takes First As Women's Track & Field Concludes New England Championship

Hannah McCormick

BOSTON, Mass.­ Four Crusaders competed in final heats on Saturday as the women's indoor track and field team wrapped up action at the 2014 New England Indoor Championship with a ninth place team finish out of 36 squads. Sophomore Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) led Holy Cross with a first place finish in the 1,000-meter run, outpacing the field with a time of 2:49.94.

Senior Stephanie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) added a second place finish in the 60-meter dash and third place finish in the 200-meter dash. The fourth-year sprinter finished the 60 in 7.61 seconds and 200 in 24.35 seconds. Junior Brianna Tabin (South Hadley, Mass.) also advanced to the final heat in the 60 and took eighth overall with a time of 7.89 seconds.

Freshman Rachel Sowinski (Mountain Top, Pa.) competed in the final heat of the 1,000-meter run, taking eighth place behind Carley with a time of 3:03.00. Junior Emilia Sainato (Albany, N.Y.) competed in the semi-final of 60-meter hurdles and finished 12th overall with a time of 9.19 seconds. Other top performers for HC included senior Emily Hughes (Milton, Mass.) who finished 12th in the 3,000-meter run with a career-best time of 9:57.70 and senior Hannah McCormick (Newburyport, Mass.) who finished 14th in the one mile with a career-best time of 5:04.05.

In the relay events, the 4x800-meter team of Carley, McCormick, sophomore Catherine Gildea (Milford, Conn.) and Sowinski finished in the third place with a season-best time of 9:03.31 while the 4x400-meter team of senior Lauren Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.), senior Mariel Flood (Kinnelon, N.J.), junior Fiorella Johnson (Redding, Conn.) and junior Katie Bobinski (Torrington, Conn.) finished in 20th with a time of 4:00.40.

Qualifying members of the women's indoor track and field team will compete in the ECAC Indoor Championship on March 7-9 at Boston University.