April 8, 2006
DURHAM, N.H. - The Holy Cross women's track and field team won two individual events and competed well at the New Hampshire Wildcate Invitational on Saturday. Freshman Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.) and junior Eileen Geoghegan (Merrimac, Mass.) both won their respective events in the 400-meter dash and the javelin throw to highlight the afternoon.
Courtney, who also was a member of the second place 4x400-meter relay team, took first in the women's 400-meter dash in a time of 1:00.64. The freshman beat out her teammate, senior Emily Winacoo (Holden, Mass.) by over just over one second to get the win.
Winacoo finished in a time of 1:01.73 to take second place and was also a member of the runner-up 4x400-meter relay team. Other member of the relay team, which finished in a time of 4:08.25, were senior Christine Carroll (North Merrimack, N.Y.) and freshman Sophia Grammenos (Gardner, Mass.).
Geoghegan had a toss of 117'6", winning the javelin throw by six and a half feet overall. Her throw topped New Hampshire's Amanda Cmielewski and three other Crusaders who claimed the top five spots.
Another highlight on the day for Holy Cross was the second place finish of the 4x100-meter relay team in a time of 50.88. Last week's Holy Cross Crusader of the Week junior Kaitlyn Mearn (Milton, Mass.) was a member of the team along with senior Meghan Carrette (North Reading, Mass.), freshmen Lesley Bautista (St. John's, NL) and Danielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.).
Meder and Mearn also finished well in their individual events. Meder took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.61. Mearn finished second overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.40 after winning the event two weeks in a row.
Bautista also had a strong showing individually in the women's pole vault competition. The freshman took second place with a clearance of 10'5.5", just six inches behind Kristen Bakanowski of UMass-Amherst.
The Holy Cross women's track and field team will be back in action next Saturday, April 15 at the Northeastern Invitational in Dedham, Mass. Events will begin at 10:00 a.m.