Women's Track & Field Ties For Fifth At Patriot League Championship

Feb. 18, 2007


West Point, N.Y. - The Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team tied for fifth at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship over the weekend. Freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) was named Rookie of The Meet after winning the pentathlon on Friday and taking first in the 500 meter run and second in the high jump in the annual Championship. Bucknell won the meet with 192 points accumulated in the three-day event. Holy Cross earned 47.75 points, the same point total as Lehigh. Sophomore Lesley Bautista (St. Johns, NL, Canada) set a new school record in the pole vault, clearing 11'9.75.

Pruszko took first place in the 500-meter run, crossing the line in 1:15.68. Her time beat her closest competitor, a runner from Bucknell, by .78 seconds. The win brought added ten points to the Crusader total. Sophomore Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.) placed sixth in the event, finishing in 1:17.84.

Pruszko placed second in the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters. That finish would add another eight points to the Holy Cross total. She personally totaled 28 points on the weekend. In addition to being named Rookie of the Meet, she was named to the First-Team All-Patriot League for her efforts in the Pentathlon and the 500-meter run. She was named to the Second-Team for the high jump. Pruszko was the only Crusader, male or female, named to an All-Patriot League Team.

In the 800-meter run, freshman Maureen Meagher (Allentown, Pa.) took fifth place, crossing the finish line in 2:20.65. She earned two points with her finish. Sophomore Dannielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.) qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.05 seconds. She bested her own time in the finals, crossing the line in 9.00 seconds. She took third place in the event and earned six points for Holy Cross.

Junior Amanda Dupuis (East Sandwich, Mass.) found herself in a four-way tie for fifth in the high jump, clearing 1.55 meters. Competitors from Lafatette, Lehigh and Navy all reached the same height. Dupuis gained .75 points for the Crusaders.

Bautista, in addition to breaking the school record, finished second in the pole vault and took home two points. In the weight throw, freshman Rachel Amaral (Raynham, Mass.) threw a distance of 14.40m, placing fifth on the weekend. Her efforts earned two points.

In the relay events, each Holy Cross entry earned at least one point towards the Crusader total; the 4x400-meter relay team earned four points. In the 4x400 meter relay, Coutney, Pruszko, Meagher and sophomore Sophia Grammenos (Gardner, Mass.) teamed up to take fourth place in a time of 4:01.19. The team of junior Christine Carifio (Haverhill, Mass.), Meagher, sophomore Courtney Mazzio (West Chester, Pa.) and sophomore Colleen Spilka (Hamden, Conn.) placed sixth with a time of 9:31.59. In the distance medley, Mazzio, junior Katie Spinelli (Southington, Conn.), sophomore Katie Clay (Beverly, Mass.) and Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) finished in sixth place with a total time of 12:36.95.

Members of the Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team who have met or exceeded the qualification standards to compete in the New England Championship will compete February 23 and 24 at Boston University in Boston, Mass. at the annual Championship.

Patriot League Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship Final Point Totals

1. Bucknell - 192

2. Navy - 139.75

3. Army - 81

4. Lafayette- 76.75

5. Holy Cross and Lehigh - 47.75

7. Colgate- 34

8. American - 1