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Strong Performances for Women’s Track and Field Team

Sports Co-Editor

Published: Friday, February 7, 2014

Updated: Sunday, February 9, 2014 14:02


This past weekend on February 1, the Holy Cross women’s track and field team competed in Orono, Maine against the Maine Black Bears, and other select athletes travelled to Harvard for the Harvard Invitational.

   The Crusaders had a very strong showing in Maine, with ten athletes finishing first in their respective events. Senior and Co-captain Emily Hughes won the 3000 in 10:12:09, her fastest 3000 this season. Sophomore Oona Wood won the 500 meter race with a time of 1:21.23, also running her fastest time so far this indoor season. Junior Kathryn Bobinski won the 200 meter dash in 27:05 seconds and freshman Kirsty Gargiulo won the 800 with a time of 2:22.94. Sophomore Cassie Gildea ran an impressive 1000, earning herself a personal record (PR) with a time of 3:03.29. Freshman Rachel Sowinski, despite having to run both the 1000 and the 1600, won the 1600 with a time of 5:13.89, and also earned second in the 1000.        

   The athletes in the field events also scored some big points for the Crusaders. Sophomore Morgan Zurlo won high jump, with a jump of 1.62 meters. Junior Michelle McGahan achieved first place in pole vault, with a vault of 3.55 meters and Freshman Alexa Eldracher won the triple jump, jumping 10.98 meters.

   The efforts of every girl on the team earned them the win against Maine, beating them by a score of 100.5 – 79.5. On their first overnight trip of the season, the women again demonstrated their ability to come together as a team and perform at the necessary moment.

   While the Crusaders were competing strongly and determinedly in Maine, select members of the team were also running in Cambridge, Massachusetts at Harvard. Junior Brianna Tabin won fourth place  in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.79 seconds, a very exciting and impressive PR. Junior Emilia Sainato also earned herself a PR in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.03 seconds, which was good for third place overall. Junior Alexandra Parise finished third overall in high jump, jumping 1.6 meters, which was a PR for her as well. Sophomore Caroline Carley ran a time of 2:13.97 in the 800, earning fifth place overall. Finally, senior Stephanie Okpoebo won second place in both the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash, earning times of 7.57 seconds, and 24.97 seconds respectively. Okpoebo recently broke her own record at a dual meet against UNH, running the 55 meter dash in 7.14 seconds and is definitely an athlete to watch in the upcoming Championship meets.

   The team is now preparing for the Valentine Invitational this weekend, and the upcoming Patriot League Championship two weeks from now.    

   The team gets a little stronger every day and the hard work that each individual athlete has invested into their event is especially evident. If you see any of the women’s track team, congratulate them on their successes thus far this season and wish them luck in their upcoming meets. The best is yet to come. 

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