January 17, 2007

Prusko Wins Yale Pentathlon

Jan. 17, 2007

New Haven, Conn. - On Saturday, January 13, the first day of competition at the Yale Collegiate Indoor Classic, Holy Cross track and field athletes dominated the pentathlon taking first, second and third places. Freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) took the top spot winning four of the five events, earning 3279 points. Sophomore Alexandra (Mahopac, N.Y.) took second place with 2885 points and one event win. Senior Kerilyn Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) took third overall with 2660 points.

Pruszko ran the 60m hurdles in 9.42 seconds, beating out second place Anderson (9.84) for the event win. Swiatocha finished third in the event with a time of 10.28. In the high jump, Pruszko cleared 1.53m to take the event from Swiatocha who cleared 1.47m. Swiatocha took first in the shot put, throwing 9.40m to Prusko's 9.09m.

In the fourth event of the day, Pruszko narrowly edged out Yale's Jocelyn Trania, jumping 4.89m in the long jump, compared to the 4.80m jumped by Trania. Anderson took third in the event with a jump of 4.79m. Pruszko would increase her lead by winning the 800m run in 2:21.72. Swiatocha took second with a time of 2:25.53 and Anderson took third, crossing the line in 2:39.

The win marks Pruszko's second victory in a pentathlon this season. Her first was on December 8, when she was the first Crusader to win the Rhode Island Pentathlon since its establishment in 2001.