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Sports Digest

Men's and Women's Track and Field season in review

The 2002 Holy Cross men's and women's track and field programs enjoyed outstanding outdoor seasons to wrap up the 2001-2002 school year. At the Patriot League Championship, the men's team posted the highest finish in school history, while the women's team finished in sixth place. Both teams boasted members that had earned Patriot League Scholar Athletes of the Year and National Academic All-American titles.

The men's team had several athletes record exceptional performances during the course of the season, including Daniel M. Conti '03 (Hubbardston, Mass.) who broke two College records. Conti racked up 6,625 points in the decathlon at the Crusades Multi-Event meet to qualify for the IC4A championships and break a 44-year old school record. Conti also set a new mark in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.68. He was named Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year and a Second Team National Verizon Academic All-American. Conti earned First Team All-Patriot League honors after winning the 110-meter high hurdles at the outdoor championships. In the same meet, he placed fourth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Conti's performances highlighted what proved to be an outstanding championship meet for the men's team.

Dwayne A. Henclewood '04 (Jamaica) placed second in the discus with a toss of 171'9”, while teammate Sean J. McCarthy '03 (Chelmsford, Mass.) placed second in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:27.73.

At the New England championships, Conti led the way, once again, by placing third in the 110-meter high hurdles. McCarthy placed third in the 10,000 meter run. Henclewood placed fourth in the discus while Joseph P. Robertson '02 (Smithfield, R.I.) placed sixth in the decathlon with 5,019 points. As a team, Holy Cross tied for 16th overall out of 32 teams that competed at the New England Championships.

In the final meet of the spring, the IC4A championships, Conti placed seventh overall in the decathlon with 6,581 points. Henclewood joined Conti at the championship, placing 16th in the discus event.

The women's team also had several athletes record great performances, led by the 2002 Crusader of the Year, Emily K. Hogan '02 (Northboro, Mass.). Hogan became only the sixth woman in Holy Cross history to win the Crusader of the Year Award; she was the second female track and field athlete (Lynn Liberatore '95). For the second consecutive year, Hogan was named the Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, becoming the second athlete in conference history (Lauren Gubicza, Fordham University) to win the award twice in their careers. Hogan's second award came after winning the 10,000 meter run at the outdoor championships. Her time of 36:51.20 set a new Patriot League championship record. In addition, Hogan was selected as a Third Team National Verizon Academic All-American.

Elizabeth Liotta '03 (Huntington, N.Y.) set a school record in the triple jump with a leap of 36'2”. The effort was good for third place at the league championship meet. Bethany L. Miczek '05 (Leicester, Mass.) and Andrea M. Madden '04 (Reading, Mass.) placed sixth in their events to help the Holy Cross effort. Miczek recorded a time of 66.39 in the 400 intermediate hurdles, while Madden notched a throw of 38'2.75” in the shot put.

At the New England Championships, Hogan again led the women's effort placing fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:28.74. Corinne E. Butova '05 (Feeding Hills, Mass.) also had a great performance placing second in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 38:44.50, her personal best for the season. The two Crusaders' performances helped Holy Cross place 17th out of the 32 teams entered in the competition.

Hogan carried her momentum into the ECAC Championships the following weekend. As the lone female runner from Holy Cross, she performed admirably, placing sixth in the 10,000-meter run with a season-best time of 36:14.20.

The performances at the IC4A/ECAC Championships helped cap off another successful season for both the men's and women's track and field programs.




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