Track & Field Competes at Bernard Solomon Invitational

April 14, 2007


Dedham, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's track and field team traveled to Dedham, Mass. and Northeastern University to compete in the Bernard Solomon Invitational on Saturday. The Crusaders took the top spot in three events: the 400-meter dash, the steeplechase and the high jump. Sophomore Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.) placed first in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 58.62 seconds. Courtney qualified for the New England Championship with her time in that event. Freshman Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.) won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:58.43. Junior Amanda Dupuis (East Sandwich, Mass.) cleared a height of 1.57m (5 feet 1.75 inches) in the high jump to win that event for the Crusaders.

Sophomore Dannielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.) placed in the top five of two events, the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. In the 100m hurdles, she placed second with a time of 15.14 seconds. She earned a third place finish in the 400m hurdles, crossing the line in 1:06.46. Sophomore Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) took second in the 800-meter run. She covered the distance in 2:24.80 edging out teammate junior Christine Carifio (Haverhill, Mass.) by only .13 seconds. Freshman Margaret Fox (Natick, Mass.) took second in the 10,000-meter run. She ran the distance event in 40:08.64. In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Lesley Bautista (St. John, NL, Canada) took fifth with a time of 13.46 seconds. Senior Kaitlyn Mearn (Milton, Mass.) took seventh in that event with a time of 13.74 seconds and junior Lynn Barowski (Merrimack, N.H.) placed 10th with a time of 14.43 seconds. In the 1000-meter run, freshman Maureen Meagher (Allentown, Pa.) placed seventh with a time of 4:57.50.

The 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Lauren Tallon (Lake Forest, Ill.), Courtney, freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) and sophomore Sophia Grammenos (Gardner, Mass.) took first place. They combined for a time 4:03.15.

In the field events: Bautista cleared a height of 3.51m (11 feet 6.25 inches) in the pole vault. The long jump proved to be one of the stronger event for Holy Cross on the day. Barowski jumped a distance of five meters, earning sixth place. Pruszko took seventh with a jump of 4.99m. Taking 10th and 11th place were Meder and Swiatocha. Meder jumped 4.85m and Swiatocha jumped 4.83m. Dupuis took eighth in the triple jump. She jumped 9.72m. Freshman Rachel Amaral (Raynham, Mass.) took sixth in the shot put, throwing a distance of 11.02m. Freshman Chantal Couture (Taunton, Mass.) placed eighth with a throw of 9.96m. Amaral also took sixth in the discus throw of 37.43m. Sophomore Katherine Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) threw a distance of 36.00m. Junior Theresa D'Aguila (Trumbull, Conn.) took tenth with a throw of 31.08m.

In the hammer throw, sophomore Sarah Murphy (Auburn, Mass.) threw a distance of 41.30m, earning a seventh place finish. Clifford threw 41.25m for eighth place. Sophomore Jenna Hinchey (Orange, Conn.) and senior Eileen Geohegan (Merrimac, Mass.) placed fifth and sixth in the javelin throw. Hinchey threw the javelin 36.20m as Geohegan threw 34.99m.

The Holy Cross women's track and field team will compete at home this week. They are hosting the Holy Cross Heptathlon on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 at the Hart Center Track. Events are scheduled to start at 12 noon each day of competition.