Feb. 16, 2007
West Point, N.Y. - Holy Cross freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) broke a 19-year-old school record on her way to a victory in the pentathlon at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship, being held at Army in West Point, N.Y. Pruszko won two of the five events in the competition and totaled 3,579 points on the day. The previous record of 3,337 total points earned in a pentathlon was set by Jodi Grenier `88 on May 5, 1988 at Yale. Pruszko became the first Crusader to ever win the pentathlon in a Patriot League Championship since the conference began holding the event in 2000.
Pruszko placed in the top five in each of the events, winning the high jump and the 800-meter run. In the high jump, she cleared a height of 1.65 meters, edging out a jumper from Bucknell by .03 meters. She crossed the line in 2:18.55 in the 800-meter run, beating her closest competitor by a full six seconds. Pruszko finished second in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 9.38 seconds, .07 seconds behind the event winner from Lafayette. She took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 9.59 meters and fifth in the long jump with a jump of 5.17 meters.
The victory marks Pruszko's third win of a pentathlon this season. She won the URI Pentathlon on December 8 and the Yale Pentathlon on January 13. She was the first Crusader to ever win the URI Pentathlon since its establishment in 2001. The Patriot League victory and point total qualifies Pruszko to compete in the ECAC Championship.
The Patriot League Championship continues tomorrow, February 17 at 8:45 am and concludes on February 18.