Women's Track & Field Places 10th at New England Championship

Feb. 24, 2007


Boston, Mass. - For the second time in two meets, freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) made her mark on the Holy Cross record books. At the New England Championship, held at Boston University in Boston, Mass., Pruszko took second in the 500-meter dash, crossing the line in 1:13.91. She broke the previous Holy Cross record of 1:14.53 set in 1990 by Terry Livingston '90. Both Pruszko and sophomore Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.), who took fifth in the 500-meter with a time of 1:15.67, qualified for the ECAC Championship in that event.

The 4x800-meter relay team, consisting of freshman Maureen Meagher (Allentown, Pa.), sophomore Courtney Mazzio (West Chester, Pa.), junior Christine Carifio (Haverhill, Mass.) and sophomore Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.), qualified for ECACs as well. The team placed fifth in the event, finishing in 9:21.30. Another Holy Cross relay team, the 4x400-meter team, established a new Holy Cross record. Courtney, sophomore Sophia Grammenos (Gardner, Mass.), junior Katie Spinelli (Southington, Conn.) and Pruszko combined to finish in a time of 3:55.12. They broke the previous record of 3:58.81 by over three full seconds.

Sophomore Dannielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.) placed seventh in the 55-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 8.37. Sophomore Lesley Bautista (St. Johns, NL, Canada) placed second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 11' 08.50". Swiatocha placed sixth overall in the pentathlon, accruing 2931 points over the five events.

Overall, the Holy Cross women's indoor track and field team took 10th place in the competition, earning 33 points. The top ten finish marks the best Holy Cross performance in over a decade.

Those members of the team who qualified for the ECAC Championships will compete next weekend, March 3 and 4, at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.