Dec. 9, 2006
Kingston, R.I. - Freshman Olivia Pruszko (Monroe, Conn.) won two individual events on her way to winning the URI Pentathlon Friday afternoon in Kingston, R.I. Pruszko totaled 3301 points in the multi-event meet. The events included the 60 meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the long jump and the 800 meter. Pruszko won the long jump and the 800 meter to ultimately take the competition. With a jump of 5.01 meters in the long jump, Pruszko edged out a competitor from URI by .06m. Pruszko dominated in the 800m run, beating her closest opponent by nearly 13 seconds, winning the event in 2:20.0.
Pruszko finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.6 seconds. Senior Kerilyn Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) took third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.4 seconds. Pruszko finished third in the high jump with a height of 1.58 meters and second in the long jump with 8.95 meters. Anderson would finish a personal best of fifth overall in the meet with a total of 2884 points.
Pruszko's victory marked the first ever win for a Crusader at the URI Pentathlon, which was established in 2001. The 3301 points that Pruszko accumulated over the five events was the highest point total for a Crusader in a pentathlon since 1988. The current record is held by Jodie Grenier, who earned 3337 points at the 1988 Yale pentathlon.