Feb. 22, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior Lesley Bautista (St. John's, Newfoundland) took second and qualified for the ECAC Championships in the pole vault to lead the Holy Cross women's track and field team at the final day of competition at the Patriot League Championships held at Navy's Wesley A. Brown Field House in Annapolis, Md. The Crusaders finished in fourth place with 79 points, while Navy took first with 151 points, Bucknell finished second with 142 points and Army took third with 94 points. Lehigh (64), Colgate (52), Lafayette (30) and American (8) rounded out the bottom four.
Bautista cleared a season-best height of 3.60 meters in the pole vault competition to earn second place and qualify for the ECAC Indoor Championships. Bautista also took sixth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.02, while teammate junior Tiffany Reid (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) took seventh with a time of 8.06. Reid also finished third in the 200 meter dash with a season-best time of 25.64.
The Crusaders were led by third place finishes from junior Maureen Meagher (Allentown, Pa.) with a time of 5:03.13 in the one mile run, senior Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.) with a season-best time of 1:16.05 in the 500 meter dash, freshman Katelyn Hartnett (Danvers, Mass.) in the 800 meter run with a season-best time of 2:16.66 and senior Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) with a season-best time of 2:58.40 in the 1000 meter run.
Friday's pentathlon champion, junior Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.), finished fourth in the 400 meter dash with a season-best time of 58.64, while senior Dannielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.) finished fourth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.05. In the shot put, freshman Alexandria Culkeen (Beverly, Mass.) finished ninth with a distance of 11.63 meters and junior Rachel Amaral (Raynham, Mass.) took 10th with a distance of 11.39 meters.
The Holy Cross distance medley team, ran by sophomore Courtney Burgess (Dracut, Mass.), senior Sophia Grammenos (Gardner, Mass.), freshman Alison Nadeau (Norfolk, Mass.) and freshman Sarah Mellea (North Arlington, N.J.) finished in fourth place with a season-best time of 12:20.79, while the 4x400 medley team, ran by Courtney, sophomore Cassandra Anderson (Saugus, Mass.), senior Lauren Tallon (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Pruszko also finished fourth with a time of 3:57.49.
The Crusaders will continue competition on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28 at the New England Indoor Championships held in Boston, Mass. at 10:00 a.m.