Crusaders Compete In Day One Of The Patriot League Championships

May 5, 2006


WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's track and field teams both competed in the first day of the Patriot League Championships at the Hart Center Track Complex on Friday afternoon. Senior Jessica Fallon (Nashua, N.H.) and junior Nathaniel Couture (Taunton, Mass.) scored four points each to account for the Holy Cross totals on the day.

Fallon broke the school record in the women's pole vault on her way to a fourth place finish overall. The senior cleared a height of 11'5.75" to top the Holy Cross school record the she already shared with Courtney Walls and Kaitlin Palmer of 11'3.75". Fallon cleared her previous school record at Lehigh in 2005 Patriot League Championships.

Freshman Lesley Bautista (St. Johns, NL) also had a strong showing in the pole vault with a personal best of 10'11.75" to take eight place overall.

Freshman Katherine Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) broke a 12-year old Holy Cross school record in the women's javelin throw with a toss of 129'3". Teammate Eileen Geoghegan (Merrimac, Mass.) also broke the previous school record with a throw of 121'10" but was later topped by Clifford. The old school record for the javelin was previously held by Amy Sparrow (120'11") and was set in 1994.

Setting a personal best, Clifford also finished eighth overall in the women's discus throw with a throw of 122''3".

In the women's 100-meter hurdles, freshman Danielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.) ran a personal best time of 14.98 to qualify for tomorrow's final which will begin at 2:10 p.m. Meder's time is the fastest in the 100-meter hurdles by a Crusader woman since Susan Daley recorded a school record time of 14.51 in 1989.

Junior Kaitlyn Mearn (Milton, Mass.) had a solid day, finishing 13th in the 100-meter qualifier and 15th in the 200-meter qualifier. Senior Meredith Johnson (St. Albans, Vt.) set a personal record of 15.89 in the 100-meter hurdles en route to her 10th place finish.

Freshman Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) and senior Kerilyn Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) currently stand eight and ninth, respectively, in the women's heptathlon.

The Crusader men were once again led by Nathaniel Couture, who put together his second best performance of the spring in the javelin throw with a toss of 195'4". Couture took fourth place overall to earn four points for the Holy Cross men's team total with a throw that was just over two feet out of second place.

Qualifying for tomorrow's final in the 100-meter dash was freshman Andrew Maggio (Chelmsford, Mass.). The freshman posted the afternoon's fourth best qualifying time in 22.22 and will compete in the final at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Another highlight for the Holy Cross men was the performance of sophomore Conor Meikle (Newport, R.I.). Meikle finished tied for seventh in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 14'1.25" to draw even with Gavin Mohrmann of Army.

Senior John Nieskens (Peterborough, N.H.) took ninth overall in the men's 10,000 men run with a time of 32.13.82. The time was just over one minute off the pace set by Awit Yohannes of American.

Freshman Jonathan Medeiros (New Bedford, Mass.) finished eighth overall in the men's discus throw with a final distance of 129'9".

After day one of the Patriot League Championships, Bucknell leads the overall women's competition with a total of 68.5 points and Army leads the overall men's division with 72 total points.

Events will begin at the Hart Center Track Complex tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. with the 110-meter decathlon high hurdles and the heptathlon high jump. Competition will continue throughout the day Saturday and the Patriot League awards ceremony will begin at 6:40 p.m.