Jan. 8, 2007
Bronx, N.Y. - The Holy Cross Indoor Track and Field teams were back in action Friday at the Fordham Invitational in Bronx, N.Y. In their first full meet since before winter break, the Crusader women competed in 13 of the 18 events while the men competed in 12 of the 18 scored events. The Holy Cross women's team took 10th out of 12 teams competing and the men's team placed 13th of the 14 teams at the meet. The women's meet was won by St. John's University with 101 points total. Rutgers University took the men's meet with a total of 145 points.
In the women's meet, senior Megan Hyland (Rye, N.Y.) placed sixth in the one mile run, finishing in 5:27.81 and earning three points for the Crusaders. Sophomore Courtney Mazzio (West Chester, Pa.) took fourth place in the 800m run, crossing the line in 2:23.37. Junior Christine Carifio (Haverhill, Mass.) took sixth in the event, finishing in 2:24.01. Freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) qualified for the finals of the 60m hurdles, finishing in sixth place overall with a time of 9.62, earning three points to add to the Crusader total.
Pruszko also competed in the high jump, finishing in a tie for fourth place after clearing a height of 1.55 meters. A jumper from St. Joseph's University cleared the same height. Freshman Maureen Meagher (Allentown, Pa.) and Pruszko would both competed in the long jump, taking 15th and 16th places respectively. Meagher leaped a distance 4.45m while Pruszko went 4.41m. In the triple jump, senior Eileen Geoghegan (Merrimack, Mass.) jumped 10.27m. Freshman Rachel Amaral (Raynham, Mass.) placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 11.31m. Sophomore Katherine Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) took fourth place with a throw of 12.40m in the weight throw. Sophomore Sarah Murphy (Auburn, Mass.) and Amaral also placed in the top 10; Murphy finished in fifth place with a throw of 12.30m and Amaral took eighth with a distance of 12.02m.
In the men's meet, junior Michael Ricotta (Cross River, N.J.) placed eighth in the 200m dash, crossing the line in 23.24, giving the Crusaders one point. In the 3000m run, freshman Timothy Richard (Enid,Ohio) earned two points for the team, crossing the line in 9:00.98 and in seventh place. Sophomore Brad Mish (Hadley, Mass.) took ninth place covering the 3000m in 9:05.39. Freshman Nicholas LeBlanc (New Bedford, Mass.) placed ninth in the shot put with a throw of 12.59m. Junior Patrick McGuire (Franklin, Mass.) finished 10th in the triple jump with a jump of 12.69m.
Senior Nicholas Carr (Concord, Mass.) was the highest placing finisher for the men's team, taking fourth place in the weight throw. His longest throw measured 16.69m, which was long enough to qualify him for the New England Championship. The qualification standard to compete in the Championship is 15.85; Carr's throw beat that by .85m. Carr was the only Crusader to qualify for the New England Championship on the day. The Crusader women totaled 32.50 points on the day. Holy Cross' men's team totaled eight points.
The Holy Cross indoor track and field teams will be back in action on Friday, January 12 at the Rhode Island Invitational in Kingston, Rhode Island. The women's meet starts at 11:00 am. The men's meet is scheduled for a 3:00 pm start.