Feb. 4, 2008
Worcester, Mass. - The women's track and field team traveled to Maine this past Saturday to compete head to head against UMaine. Holy Cross defeated UMaine 97-81. The Crusaders captured 10 first place finishes for the day and one new record was set by junior Lesley Bautista (St. John's, Newfoundland) in the pole vault.
Bautista broke her own school record of 11'9.75" set last year with a new height of 12 feet even. She also took second with her best performance yet in the 60-meter with a time of 7.44.
Another big win of the day occurred in the 500-meter when sophomore Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) finished 4 seconds ahead of her opponent with a time of 1:15.56, qualifying for ECACs for the second time. She also took second with a time of 8.76 in the 55-meter Hurdles and had a split of .57 seconds as the anchor leg of the 4x400m Relay.
Other first place finishes included junior Katherine Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) in the weight throw with a distance of 14.33 meters, senior Amanda Dupuis (East Sandwich, Mass.) in the high jump with a height of 1.60 meters, sophomore Rachel Amaral (Raynham, Mass.) in the shot put with a distance of 12.14 meters, junior Katie Clay (Beverly, Mass.) in the mile run with a time of 5:19.59, junior Danielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.) in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.59, junior Alexandra Swiatotcha (Mahopac, N.Y) in the 1000-meter run with a time of 3:04.14, sophomore Tiffany Reid (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) in the 200-meter with a time of 26.93 and junior Caitlin Paluilis (Pittsfield, Mass.) with a four-second win over her opponent in the 3000 with a time of 10:34.36.
The Crusaders compete again February 8, in Boston for the Valentines Invitational. Start time is set for 1:00 p.m.