Holy Cross Women’s Indoor Track and Field Team Defeats Maine
Published: Friday, February 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 10, 2013 17:02
The roughly four and a half hour bus ride last Friday evening to Orono, Maine did not seem to be a hindrance for the Holy Cross women’s track and field team. Last year the women’s track team defeated the University of Maine Black Bears by five points, 91-86.
This year the Crusaders cruised to a twenty one point victory over Maine on February 3, defeating the Black Bears 100.50 to 79.50. The Crusaders took first place in 11 of the 17 running and field events.
Holy Cross demonstrated some great performances on the oval. Junior Kylene Carey took second place in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.77 seconds.
Close behind Carey was sophomore teammate Mackenzie Arndt, who took third place with a time of 8.88 seconds. Junior Stephanie Okpoebo took first place in both the 55 meter dash and 200 meter dash, with times of 7.30 seconds and 25.63 seconds.
Senior Melanie Forte ran 7.48 seconds in the 55 meter dash, which was good enough for third place. In the 200 meter dash, sophomore Briana Tabin placed third with a time of 26.88 seconds.
In the 400 meter dash sophomore Payton Shubrick finished third with a time of 1:02.73, just in front of freshman teammate Victoria Engvold, who took fourth with a time of 1:03.52.
Freshman Oona Wood and senior Sarah Meinelt took first and second in the 500 meter run, with times of 1:17.69 and 1:20.47 respectively. Wood’s performance set a new team season best mark.
The Crusaders also placed first in both the 800 meter run and 1000 meter run. Senior Kathleen Brekka ran 2:20.90 in the 800 meter run, and senior Brittany Gorski won the 1000 meter run in 2:59.27.
Behind Gorski was Abigail Mitchell, who placed third with a time of 3:09.41.
Freshmen Caroline Carley and Catherine Gildea took second and fourth in the mile with times of 5:21.01 and 5:29.69 respectively.
In the longest individual running event of the day, junior Emily Hughes won the 3000 meter run by nearly three seconds with a time of 10:20.85, a new team season best.
Junior teammates Sandra van den Heuvel and Amanda Waldron took fourth and fifth, running 10:38.47 and 10:43.33 respectively.
In the field events senior Kelcey Germain placed second in the weight throw with a distance of 14.94 meters. Placing third and fourth behind Germain were junior Christy Manning and freshman Elizabeth Provost, with throws of 13.58 meters and 12.59 meters respectively.
In the women’s pole vault, there was a three way tie for third with sophomore Michelle McGahan equaling a height of 3.20 meters with Maine’s Kathryn Porter and Angelica Nelligan-Smith.
Holy Cross freshman Nicole Lorinsky took the final point in the pole vault with a jump of 3.00 meters.
In the long jump Kylene Carey took first place with a jump of 5.04 meters. Close behind Carey was sophomore teammate Marissa Romano, who jumped 4.96 meters. Freshman Melissa LaCoste won the high jump with a height of 1.60 meters.
Sophomore teammate Sarah Dahlstrom took third in the event with a distance of 1.50 meters, just edged out by Maine’s Jessica McCarthy, who had less attempts at the same height.
Provost and Dahlstrom also took first and second in the women’s shot put, with throws of 11.77 meters and 10.81 meters respectively. Romano won the triple jump with a distance of 10.79 meters. Holy Cross freshman Alexandra Eckert took second, finished slightly behind Romano with a jump of 10.62 meters.
In the relay events, Okpoebo, Gorski, Fiorella Johnson, and Wood led the Crusaders to a nearly five second victory in the 4x400 meter relay, with a time of 4:03.88.
In the 4x800 meter relay, the Crusaders took second place with a time of 9:50.96. Mitchell, Carley, Meinelt, and Brekka consisted of the relay team.
The Holy Cross women’s track and field team will compete Friday, February 8 at Boston University in the Valentine Invitational.