Women's Track & Field Takes Third At UMass Five-Way

March 31, 2007


Amherst, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's track and field team traveled to Amherst, Mass. to compete in the UMass Five-Way meet on Saturday. The Crusaders took third on the day, earning a total of 133 points. The University at Albany won the meet with 166 points, as Sacred Heart took second with 165.5 points. Sohomore Lesley Bautista (St. John's, NL, Canada) was the only Crusader to win an event on the day, placing first in the pole vault. Her vault of 3.35m (10 ft. 11.75in.) was the highest vault of any performer on the day. Bautista's first place finish earned 10 points toward the Crusader total.

Freshman Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.) qualified for the New England Championship in the 3000m steeplechase. Luke's time of 11:23.63 beat the qualifying standard by more than six full seconds. Also qualifying for New England's: Sophomore Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.), freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) and sophomore Dannielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.). Courtney and Pruszko earned their way to New Endland's by placing fourth and fifth in the 400m dash. Courtney covered the distance in 58.13 seconds, establishing a new Holy Cross record in that event. Pruszko crossed the line in 58.66 seconds. Meder ran the 100m hurdles in 15.34 seconds, marking the second time she has beaten the qualifying time in that event this season.

Freshman Tiffany Reid (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) placed second in the 100m dash, crossing the line in 12.97 seconds. Her run earned her team eight points. Sophomore Courtney Mazzio (West Chester, Pa.) placed third in the 800m run. She finished in 2:23.77. Teammate Christine Carifio (Haverhill, Mass.) placed fifth in the event, running the 800m in 2:24.72. in the 5000m distance event, sophomore Elizabeth Alizzi (Syosset, N.Y.) placed fourth, covering the distance in 18:42.76. Senior Megan Hyland (Rye, NY) placed fourth in the 1500m with a time of 4:57.02.

In the field events, Crusaders took fourth, fifth and sixth in the javelin throw. Sophomore Jenna Hinchey (Orange, Conn.) threw 36.66m as teammates Chantal Couture (Taunton, Mass.) and sophomore Katherine Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) threw 36.39m and 34.74m, respectively. The trio accumulated a total of seven points for Holy Cross. Freshman Rachel Amaral (Raynham, Mass.) placed third in the discus with a toss of 37.52m. Meder took second in the long jump with a jump of 10.57m. Pruszko tied for third place in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.55m. Freshman Sarah Murphy (Auburn, Mass.) took fourth in the hammer throw. She threw a distance of 40.91m. Clifford took sixth in the event, throwing 40.51m.

The Holy Cross women's track and field team will participate in the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. Races are scheduled to start at 9:00 am each day of competition.