Feb. 3, 2007
Orono, Maine - The Holy Cross women's track and field team was defeated by the University of Maine Black Bears, 93-83 on Saturday afternoon in Orono, Maine. The Crusaders took six events from the Black Bears, including five running events to make it a close meet. Three Crusaders qualified for the New England Championships in separate events: Sophomore Dannielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.), freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.), and freshman Maureen Meagher (Allentown, Pa.) beat the New England Championship standards in the 55-meter hurdles, the 500-meter run and the 800-meter run, respectively.
Meder ran the 55-meter hurdles in 8.51 seconds, marking her fastest time in the event this season. Her previous time of 8.54 was set at the New Hampshire Invitational on January 20. Pruszko was second in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.86. Pruszko's time of 1:16.31 in the 500-meter run was her fastest time of the season as well. Her previous time of 1:18.69 was set at the New Hampshire Invitational. Meagher took second in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:19.51. Meagher's time marked her fastest time in the event this season and earned her a trip to the New England Championships.
Sophomore Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.) earned a victory in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 59.50 seconds. Sophomore Lauren Tallon (Lake Forest, Ill.) finished in 59.71, taking second in the event. Holy Cross runners dominated the 3000-meter run, taking first through fourth places. Sophomore Elizabeth Alizzi (Syosset, N.Y.) was the first Crusader across the line in 10:56.85. Freshman Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.) took second, covering the distance in 11:02.75. Senior Megan Hyland (Rye, N.Y.) finished the race in 11:11.21 as teammate freshman Sarah Croteau (Westminster, Mass.) finished in 11:15.77 and in fourth place.
The Holy Cross 4x440-yard relay team of Courtney, sophomore Sophia Grammenos (Gardner, Mass.), Tallon and Pruszko took first with a time of 3:59.85.
In other track highlights, sophomore Katie Clay (Beverly, Mass.) took second in the one-mile run as teammate freshman Margaret Fox (Natick, Mass.) took fourth. Clay ran the mile in 5:30.12 as Fox covered the distance in 5:36.62. Sophomore Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) ran the 1000-meter run in 3:07.44, taking second place. Sophomore Christine Carifio (Haverhill, Mass.) was third in 1000-meter, running the event in 3:08.56. Sophomore Lesley Bautista (St. Johns, NL, Canada) took third in the 55-meter dash, running the 55 meters in 7.51. In the 200-meter dash, Courtney took third place by crossing the line in 27.01.
In the field events, Bautista won the pole vault, clearing 3.20 m. Sophomore Katherine Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) threw a distance of 13.60 in the weight throw, earning her third place. Sophomore Sarah Murphy (Auburn, Mass.) threw 12.85 meters, taking fourth place. Junior Lynn Barowski (Merrimack, N.H.) jumped 5.01 meters in the long jump, taking second. Senior Kerilyn Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) took third in the event, jumping 4.87m. Freshman Rachel Amaral threw a distance on 11.46m in the shot put, earning herself second place. Meder took third in the triple jump, jumping 10.50m.
The Holy Cross women's track and field team travels to Boston, Mass. to compete in the St. Valentine Invitational on Saturday, February 10. Events are scheduled to begin at 9:00 am.