Fifth Place Finish for the Holy Cross Women’s Track Team at the Patriot League Indoor Trac
Published: Friday, February 28, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014 12:02
This past weekend the Holy Cross women’s track and field team went to Bucknell to compete in the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships. This is the highlight of the season for the girls and the focus of months and months of training. Together, as a team, the girls won 5th place out of 10 teams in the Patriot League, only seven points behind 4th place Navy and seven and a half points behind third place Bucknell.
The meet saw inspiring, determined performances from every girl on the team. Senior Steph Okpoebo led the girls with two first place finishes in both the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Steph’s time in the 60 meter dash of 7.49 seconds is a new Holy Cross women’s track and field school record and qualifies her for the IC4A/ECAC Championship and the NEICAAA’s. In the 200, Steph ran a time of 24.25, also qualifying her for the Championship meets. Steph’s times in both the 60 meter dash and the 200 were Patriot League Indoor Championship records. She won, and deservedly so, Female Track Athlete of the Meet because of her stand-out performances.
Sophomore Caroline Carley had an impressive day as well, winning first place in the 1000 meter run for the second year in a row, with a time of 2.52.31, and beating the second place runner by over 3 seconds. With this race, Caroline has qualified for both the IC4A/ECAC and the NEICAAA’s.
Everywhere girls had very strong performances. Junior Briana Tabin won fourth place in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.65 seconds and won seventh in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.28, qualifying in both events for the IC4A/ECAC’s and NEICAAA’s.
In the 800 meter run, sophomore Cassie Gildea ran a time of 2.19.28. Freshman Rachel Sowinski ran a time of 3.01.41 in the 1000. In the mile, junior Abby Mitchell won fifth place with a time of 5.04.76. All three girls qualified for the NEICAAA’s.
In the 3000 meter run, senior Emily Hughes won fifth place with a career best time of 9.58.09. Her performance qualified her for both the IC4A/ECAC Championship and the NEICAAA. Junior Emilia Sainato also ran a career best time of 8.90 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles. She won third place overall and qualified for the NEICAAA’s.
In the field events, freshman Alexa Eldracher won fourth place in the triple jump with a jump of 11.31 meter. As a freshman, Alexa qualified for the NEICAAA’s. Additionally, Junior Sarah Dahlstrom won second place in the Pentathlon with a total of 3,295 points.
Finally, the girls’ relay teams had very exciting performances. First, the 4 by 400 relay team of Steph Okpoebo, Mariel Flood, Payton Shubrick, and Fiorella Johnson won fourth place overall with a time of 3:56.09. The girls’ 4 by 800 relay team of Cassie Gildea, Rachel Sowinski, Abby Mitchell, and Caroline Carley finished third overall with a time of 9.09.40.