Women's Indoor Track and Field Takes Second at UNH

Jan. 20, 2007

Durham, N.H. - The Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team won eight events on Saturday, as they traveled to take on UNH and UMass in Durham, N.H. The Crusaders totaled 133 points at the end of the meet, taking second place overall. Host UNH won the meet with 137 points and UMass took third with 69 points. Freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) won two individual events, the 500m run and the high jump. Her time of 1:18.69 qualified for the New England Championship. Finishing in second place was sophomore Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.), who crossed the finish line in 1:20.03. Pruszko and sophomore Danielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.) also qualified for the New England Championship in the 55m hurdles. Meder finished in second place covering the 55m in 8.54 seconds. Pruszko took third in that event, finishing in 8.76 seconds.

Sophomore Elizabeth Alizzi (Syosset, N.Y.) won the first Holy Cross event of the day, taking first in the 3000m run. Alizzi crossed the line in 10:52.50, beating her closest opponent from UNH by nearly four seconds. Sophomore Lauren Tallon (Lake Forest, Ill.) won the 400m run in 1:01.32. Freshman Maureen Meagher (Allentown, Pa.) won the 1000m run in 3:09.34 as sophomore Colleen Spilka (Hamden, Conn.) ran the event in 3:12.74 and finished second.

Sophomore Lesley Bautista (St. John's, NL. Canada) took second in the 55m dash, finishing in 7.52 seconds. Meder took second in the 200m dash, crossing the line in 27.48. Tallon finished in fourth place, covering the 200m in 27.66. Sophomore Katie Clay (Beverly, Mass.) took fifth in the 1500m run finishing in 5:04.75. Junior Christine Carifio (Haverhill, Mass.) ran the 800m in 2:24.83, taking fourth place. Sophomores Courtney Mazzio (West Chester, Pa.) and Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) too fifth and sixth places, respectively. Mazzio covered the 800m in 2:27.10 while Swiatocha crossed the line in 2:28.47.

In the high jump, Pruszko cleared 1.60m to win the event over a competitor from UNH. Junior Amanda Dupuis (East Sandwich, Mass.) took third in the high jump, clearing 1.55m. Bautista cleared 3.19m in the pole vault, taking first place. Meder won the triple jump, clearing a distance of 10:60m.

Senior Kerilyn Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) took sixth in the long jump, clearing 4.85m. Junior Lynn Barowski (Merrimack, N.H.) took eighth in the event, jumping 4.69m. Freshman Rachel Amaral (Raynham, Mass.) took third place in the shot put, clearing a distance of 11.80m. Freshman Chantal Couture (Taunton, Mass.) and senior Eileen Geohegan (Merrimac, Mass.) took sixth and seventh in the event with distances of 10.44m and 10.14m respectively. Sophomore Katherine Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) threw a distance of 13.32m in the weight throw, earning fifth place. Sophomore Sarah Murphy (Auburn, Mass.) took seventh with a distance of 12.99m.

The Holy Cross relay teams made their mark on the day as well. The 4x400m relay team compiled of Courtney, sophomore Sophia Grammenos (Gardner, Mass.), freshman Nicole Wrobel, and Pruszko won the event in 4:05.10.

Next up for the Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team is the Reebok Boston Indoor Games in Boston, Mass. on Friday, January 26. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm.