December 5, 2006

Indoor Track Starts Season at Alden Invitational

Dec. 5, 2006

Providence, R.I. - The Holy Cross men's and women's track and field teams kicked off the 2006-2007 season at the Alden Invitational hosted by Brown University. Sophomore Lauren Courtney (Ashland, Mass.) placed second in the 500m with a time that was fast enough to qualify her for the New England Championships. On the men's side, senior Nicholas Carr (Concord, Mass.) got the only Crusader event win of the day in the weight throw.

Courtney, who ran the 500M in 1:17.21, made the 1:20.0 qualifying time by 2.79 seconds. Her time was 1.21 off of the ECAC Qualifying time. Sophomore Lauren Tallon (Lake Forest, Ill.) took fifth place in the 400M with a time of 61.90. Two Crusaders made it into the 55M hurdle finals. Sophomore Danielle Meder (Chicopee, Mass.) and freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) went on to finish in seventh and eighth places. Pruszko in 8.85 seconds and Meder in 9.01 seconds.

In the field events, Pruszko set a new personal record for herself in the high jump with a height of 5'4". The height got her fifth place in the event on the day. Sophomore Lesley Bautista (St. John's, NL, Canada) took third place in the pole vault, clearing the 3.20m height. Senior Kerilyn Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) took second in the long jump with a 5.02m jump. Right behind her in third place was sophomore Lynn Barowski (Merrimack, N.H.) with a jump of 4.97m. Sophomore Katherine Clifford established a new personal record with a 13.10m throw in the weight throw. The length earned her sixth place on the day. Sophomore Sarah Murphy (Auburn, Mass.) took seventh place in the weight throw with a toss of 12.90 and freshman Rachel Amaral (Raynham, Mass) was just behind her in eighth place with a throw of 12.50.

In the men's meet, sophomore Andrew Maggio (Chelmsford, Mass.) took fifth place in the 55m dash with a final time of 6.67, a hundredth of a second behind the fourth place finisher. In the 55m hurdles, Holy Cross went second third and fourth with times from senior Christopher Bier (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), freshman Steven Brusca (Colt's Neck, N.J.) and sophomore Benjamin Jerome. Bier covered the 55m in 8.59 seconds, Brusca and Jerome finished in 9.30 and 9.58, respectively.

Carr would win the men's weight throw by nearly half of a meter over his closest competator. Throwing a distance of 15.72, Carr's distance missed New England's by only .13m. In other men's field events, junior Conor Meikle (Newport, R.I.) cleared the 4.30m height in the pole vault earning him third place on the day. Junior Kevin Dowd (Broad Brook, Conn.) and junior Patrick McGuire (Franklin, Mass.) finished third and fourth in the triple jump. Freshman Nicholas LeBlanc (New Bedford, Mass.) placed third in the shot put with a 13.92m throw.

The women's track and field team is back in action first, participating in the Rhode Island Pentathlon in Kingston, R.I. The event is scheduled to start at 11:00 am on Friday, December 8. Both teams will travel to the Harvard Invitational on Saturday, December 9. The meet is set to start at 10:30 am.