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Crusaders are All In – striving for excellence, and choosing to better themselves, their teammates and our world. And with your help, we can empower them to achieve even more.

As we approach the end of our fiscal year, join us to support our student-athletes as we continue to build our competitive edge and develop leaders now and into the future. With you All In, we’re poised to achieve our goals.


Make your gift by Wednesday, June 30!


Every dollar dedicated to our goal of developing champions counts, and every dollar you give has even greater impact. Thanks to the College’s Hope + Access Campaign for Financial Aid, when you go All In to support the Crusader Athletics Fund or your favorite team, your new or increased gift to the College will be matched 100% to benefit financial aid.

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Your gift to the Crusader Athletics Fund will help to provide a more competitive experience for our student-athletes. Make your gift today.

361 days ago by Claire McElduff
​In one day, we shaped a brighter future.

You showed your dedication to our student-athletes’ journies to excellence, and it was an amazing day of giving. Crusaders across the globe came together to contribute the highest single-day total in Holy Cross Athletics Giving Day history. We look forward to sharing final results next week.

Today, you went All In for Crusader Athletics. You showed the power of the Holy Cross community and committed to the continued development of ethical leaders, champion athletes, and men and women for and with others.

Thank you for your support and dedication to this special family. We wouldn’t be who we are without you, and we are humbled by your generosity.

Our next great moment awaits.

Go Cross Go!

408 days ago by Cara Hanrahan
Four hours left! A message from Director of Athletics Marcus Blossom

It’s been an incredible day of giving in support of our Crusader student-athletes! With four hours to go, we are on our way to a record-breaking day for Holy Cross Athletics.

Join us in the final hours and go All In for the programs that mean the most to you!

408 days ago by Christene Kauffman Riendeau
​We’re halfway through, but our day is far from over!


A group of generous alumni and parents have now come forward with a $50,000 challenge to inspire the entire Holy Cross community!

At the conclusion of Crusaders All In Giving Day, $5,000 will be awarded to the five programs with the highest percentage of alumni participation AND to the five programs with the highest total donor participation. 

Find out how your team is doing!

Also, thanks to the Hope + Access campaign, all new and increased gifts to Athletics are matched 100% for financial aid.

Go All In today in support of our student-athletes and their continued growth as leaders and champions. Our teams need you!

408 days ago by Cara Hanrahan
Go All In for Crusader student-athletes today!

May 14, 2021

Today, I’m asking you, and all Crusaders, to go ALL IN.

All year, our student-athletes have dedicated themselves to looking towards the future, growing stronger as individuals and teammates athletically, academically and personally.

With fortitude, we are continuing to prepare our 700 Crusaders to compete at the highest level. Just as they are committed to training and learning, to capitalizing on the opportunities in front of them, we are committed to our vision – delivering a transformative student-athlete experience driven by competitive success. 

Year after year, regardless of the circumstances, one thing remains constant — the strength of Crusaders when we go ALL IN for one another. Every dollar you give today will be dedicated to continuing our tradition of developing champions. And today, thanks to the Hope + Access campaign, all new and increased gifts are being matched 100% for financial aid. 

Together, we are strong. Together, we shape our future. Together, let’s go ALL IN for Crusader student-athletes.

Go Cross Go! 

Marcus Blossom

Director of Athletics

408 days ago by Sarah Phipps
May Program Update

Dear Fellow Crusaders,

I hope you, your families, and friends are doing well. It's been an unusual year, but as I think back on it, I'm proud of the sacrifices that my student-athletes made and the challenges they overcame to have a season. Furthermore, we were able to get back some sense of normalcy by focusing on our community and making a difference – something that has always been important to the Holy Cross women's track and field team. 

I'd like to give you the exciting news about our new team member– Cassidy. Cassidy comes to us from Team Impact. Brianna Cummings '22 was instrumental in connecting us to this worthwhile organization and our new teammate Cassidy, who attended one of our practices in April. We look forward to the next couple of years of spending time with Cassidy and her mom, Elizabeth.

This year we also held our first MS awareness meet on April.  This year's goal was to raise funds and awareness regarding MS, a disease that impacts women nearly four times as much as men.  Our original plan of hosting an MS awareness meet in April 2020 – headed up by Taylor Gensler '20, Madison Howland '21, and Hailey Mulville '21 - was suspended due to COVID. We were pleased to see these plans fulfilled, and we look forward to doing more for this worthwhile cause in the future.

The Patriot league hosted an anti-racism weekend, which our team took part in during our home meet vs. URI on April 14.  While we acknowledge that there is a long way to go to racial equality, it’s vitally important that our young women stay involved and be leaders in change.

Our outdoor regular-season offered some challenges. Our meets were small, and at times, we were uncontested in some events.  COVID hit our competitors hard as well. We also had a couple of necessary stalls in our practice schedule to staunch higher COVID campus numbers. We soldiered on and despite this were able to put in some excellent performances. Our most exciting meet during the regular season was versus Umass Amherst and Merrimack. This year, we were down against them by 8.5 points, with just the vault left to take place on the second day of the competition. Christa Jay Moore ‘21, Annie Lineberger ‘23, and Brenna McCormick ‘24 swept the top three spots in the vault, propelling the team to a half-point victory.   

During the Outdoor Patriot League Championships, we had several athletes score. Moore, undefeated during the regular season, reclaimed her Patriot League title in the vault with a new league record of 4.05. She was followed closely by Annie Lineberger, who finished third. Mimi Liebers '21 finished sixth with a pr in the 400mh and Cymeria Robshaw '23 finished 5th in LJ. Marina Mackinnon '21 finished 6th in the 800. Grace Goodwin '21 rounded out our scoring by finishing 8th in the HJ. 

All of our relays broke into scoring. The 4x100 (Ashley Thomas '22, KC Grady '22, Kate Ashley '23 and Madison Howland' 21) and 4x400 (Kate Ashley, Laura Turner '23, Mimi Liebers and Liz Larkin' 21) both finished 5th.  And our 4x800 (Hailey Mulville, Emily Foley '22, Grace Hoelscher '22 and Sophia Maynard' Maynard' 22) finished 8th. 

This weekend over twenty of our athletes will end their seasons with two championship meets – the New England and the ECAC championships. Our next stop after that will be the NCAA Regionals Championships, where Christa Moore has qualified to vault. This is the 4th straight year (barring 2020, where regionals was canceled), that we’ve had a qualifier in the meet.

Lastly, I'd like to acknowledge the HC fans and supporters. It was great to see many of you at our two home meets and I look forward to seeing many more of you once things go back to normal. Thank you for all that you do for our team.


Best,

Egetta Alfonso ‘92

Head Coach

408 days ago by Cara Hanrahan
An Update from Head Coach Alfonso

2/16/21

I hope this letter finds you, your friends and your family doing well. I told my team before their arrival on campus in January that this year will not be easy. It will be full of sacrifice and we'll be working under less than ideal conditions. I'm proud of how they've managed to overcome any difficulties and make the necessary sacrifices for us to have a season. I would also like to acknowledge the families of our athletes, who have also sacrificed. It hasn't been easy. But as we head into our first meet this weekend, it's been worth it.

It's been great to see our athletes get primed up for the upcoming meets these past few weeks. I give our athletes a lot of credit. While away, they managed — under less than ideal circumstances — to work out. At times they had to be inventive and think outside the box. I also give a lot of credit to our coaches and support staff who have paid particular attention to each athlete's individual needs as they ready them for competition.

This indoor season aims to get everyone ready to perform at their best during the outdoor season. There have been some small setbacks but nothing that we haven't been able to manage. We'll be opening with a small group of athletes at Colgate on February 21st.  A much larger group will be going out to the Patriot League Challenge at Boston University on February 28th.  

Our outdoor season plans will be more extensive and will include an early-season meet at UMass Amherst, where we'll be facing the UMass Minutemen, as well as the Merrimack College Warriors. We currently have two home meets scheduled in early April against Boston College and URI. The Patriot League Championships, presently scheduled at Army, will be contested at the end of April. We've also received optimistic news from the New England and the ECAC organizations, who intend on hosting championships. If we can safely have our athletes compete, we will.  

In the meantime, I'd like to share some words from one of my favorite authors — Dr. Seuss. "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."  You have our promise that we will do our best to give our athletes some valuable moments during these challenging times.  

All our best,

Jett Alfonso


467 days ago by Claire McElduff
What an amazing #GivingTuesday!

We are in awe of and so very grateful for our supporters who continue to go All In for our student-athletes. Your generosity allows us to prepare our Crusaders for a stronger tomorrow as they strive to succeed and lead in athletics, in the classroom and in their communities.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your support! Holy Cross would not be what it is today without the participation and dedication of Crusader Nation.  


571 days ago by Christene Kauffman Riendeau
Crusaders All In this Giving Tuesday!

             

Holy Cross student-athletes are dedicated and resilient. When our world — and in turn, our campus life — changed this year, we adapted. Through challenge after challenge, our commitment to our education and our athletics never faltered. And today, we remain focused and hopeful for the future.

This is why we are asking the Holy Cross community to come together right now in support of our student-athletes.

Whether you make a gift to the Fund for Athletics Excellence or to one of our 27 varsity teams, your generosity helps position us for an even stronger return to competition.

In the face of unprecedented challenges, we know that one thing remains constant — the strength of Crusaders when we go all in to support one another. On this Giving Tuesday, your gift is for our future. With your support, our next great moment awaits.

572 days ago by Christene Kauffman Riendeau
An Update from Head Coach Egetta Alfonso

I hope you and your family are doing well during these challenging times. This past summer was full of change for many. For the Holy Cross women's track and field family, Bruce Stearns, our sprints and high jump coach, retired after over 35 years of service to Holy Cross. Bruce coached several Patriot League Champions — including school record-holders: Susan Daley ’92Tiffany Reid ’10Erin Linnehan ’12 and Stephanie Okpoebo ’14. His colorful purple Hawaiian shirts — which helped us easily pick him out in a crowd at a track meet — will be missed.

We have finally started practicing. This fall, despite Holy Cross' need to go to a complete remote learning model, nearly forty of our student-athletes reported to off-campus housing so they are able to get in workouts with their teammates. Our practices look very different. We wear masks for warm-ups, and when doing hard repeats (without masks), we're maintaining 14' of space. We're working hard but making sure that we have fun and have time to enjoy being outside with each other.

What does 14' of space look like? See the picture above. On this day, we had athletes working out in lanes 1 and 8 for 5x3:30 repeats. And for anyone curious — a full lap in lane 8 equals 454 meters.  

This fall, we continue to commit to our community service efforts. We're signed up for the Abby's House virtual 5k, and we'll remotely meet our littles through the Big Sister program soon. A special acknowledgment to Hailey Mulville '21, who has served as our team's community service liaison for two years. She's done an outstanding job for our team.

Although nothing is guaranteed, coaches are looking ahead to the indoor and outdoor season with optimism. We hope to compete in several meets against Patriot League schools in February, and we still have plans for the indoor Patriot League championships. And even though the Cross Country season has been canceled, the Patriot League coaches have already discussed holding an XC championship in March.  

Lastly, I'd like to thank all of our alumnae, family, and friends who generously gave in support of our program either through donations or kind words of encouragement. Yes, losing our spring season was difficult, but seeing our Holy Cross community come together lessened that difficulty.

Egetta Alfonso '92 P24

Head Coach

573 days ago by Sarah Phipps

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