An Interview: Up Close with Egetta Alfonso, Holy Cross Women’s Track and Field Coach
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013 17:02
Unfortunately, Nemo prevented the Holy Cross Women’s Track and Field team from competing at the Boston University Valentine Invitational last Friday, February 8. This meet marked the last opportunity for the Holy Cross women to compete before the Patriot League Championships. Luckily, I was able to ask Egetta Alfonso, head coach of the Track and Field team, a few questions regarding the season so far, and what lies ahead for the Crusaders…
Up to this point, how do you think the indoor track and field season has gone? The season’s been going well, but I feel as if we're just beginning and championships are already upon us. It all goes by so quickly.
How do you feel about this season’s roster? I have incredible women and athletes. They're a very athletic group and they work very hard. We lost some excellent people last year to graduation, but others have stepped up their game to fill in those gaps.
What do you think of this year’s group of captains? The captains this year are Britt Gorski, Kathleen Brekka, Sarah Meinelt and Mel Forte. They’re super. This group has all been through their own struggles with track and has bounced back. They're all ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) qualifiers, so they represent the most competitive portion of our team. And they've already done so much in terms of service for the community.
Who has really stepped up in the past few weeks? Several of my athletes have really stepped it up. My girls that are competing at the highest level right now would be Steph Okpoebo in the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and 4x400 relay, Britt Gorski in the 800 meter run and Mackenzie Arndt in the pole vault. All three have qualified for ECAC's. In addition to that: Kathleen Brekka (1000m,mile), Oona Wood (500m), Kelcey Germain (Weight Throw), Emily Hughes (3000m), and Kylene Carey
(55 meter hurdles) have qualified for New England’s. Marissa Romano has had some very impres
sive jumps this season under our
new jumps coach Mat Lemaire.
She's very close to qualifying for New England’s and is ranked well in the Patriot League.
What are the team’s goals for the remainder of the season? We always come in with the following goals: be loud and proud at the meets, be competitive, win our dual meets and place well in the Patriot League and New England Championships. We would like to place in the top 3 of the Patriot League championships. We missed that goal last year, placing 4th during the indoor season.
What is one aspect the team needs to improve on? They need to understand that sometimes a season isn't smooth and perfect, and when you have some bumps you have to keep fighting through it, or you can easily become frustrated and negative. Track and field athletes have to be very resilient. Not every competition is a PR (personal record) and sometimes you just don't have a good day. Then it's time to move onto the next competition.
Have any new additions to the team already made a significant impact? Absolutely. Oona Wood in the 500-meter run is just short of qualifying for ECAC's. Caroline Carley posted a 3:07 in the 1000 meter run early in the season. Liz Provost has thrown over 39 feet in the Shot Put right now. Alex Eckert has jumped farther than 34 feet in the triple jump
Is there a chance that any school records could be broken this season? Yes. Steph Okpoebo has already broken the 55m and the 300m records. We have some people close to breaking other records, and who knows what will happen in championship season…
Coach Alfonso, a Holy Cross graduate, continues her role as head coach in her fourteenth season with the team. The Holy Cross Women’s Track and Field Team resume competition at the 2013 Patriot League Championships in a three day meet, Friday February 15-Sunday February 17. The team will travel to compete in West Point, New York, which will be hosted by the U.S. Military Academy.