December 11, 2010

Pioneers Track Wins Three Individual Events at Harvard University Open

(Cambridge, MA) - The Sacred Heart Men's and Women's Track and Field teams competed in the Harvard University Open at Gordon Track Saturday morning, with the Pioneer teams taking three individual event wins, one school record, two IC4A qualifying performances, and 13 automatic New England qualifying performances. 

Men's Highlights:

60 Meter Hurdles – Junior captain Bertony Jean-Louis and redshirt sophomore Jeremy Rosado placed first and second in a field of 51 competitors in the 60 meter hurdles.  Jean-Louis  broke his own school record and Northeast Conference record of 8.02 seconds, with an 8.01 clocking in the finals of the event.  Rosado finished close behind in 8.10 seconds, as both athletes easily surpassed the IC4A qualifying standard of 8.25 for the second straight week.  Jean-Louis and Rosado now rank first and second respectively in both the NEC and in New England.  In addition, Jean-Louis currently ranks ninth in all of Division I and Rosado ranks twentieth. 

3000 Meters – Senior captain Andrew Houghtalen recorded the other Sacred Heart win over a field of 76 athletes in the 3000 meters with a fast early season clocking of 8:39.24.  Houghtalen pulled away from a group of five rivals in the last 300 meters of the race with a furious finishing kick.  He was quickly followed across the line by Jeffrey Lusignan in 7th place (8:44.89), and Daniel Koehler in 11th (8:54.64).  Houghtalen took over the NEC lead with his performance, and Lusignan and Koehler rank 3rd and 6th respectively on the NEC performance list. 

Triple Jump and Long Jump – Brandon Hutchinson placed 3rd in the triple jump with a leap of 46' 9 ½" (14.26 meters), and sixth in the long jump with a mark of 21' 11 ½".  Hutchinson automatically qualified for the New England's in the triple jump, while missing the IC4A qualifying standard by a mere four centimeters.  More importantly, the rookie took over the NEC lead in the triple jump, and continues to rank fourth in the long jump.

Shot Put – Chase Petrucci threw a personal best and automatic New England qualifying performance of 49' 11' in the shot put to place third out of a field of 45 entries.  In addition, Philip Miccio placed eighth with a 43' 8 ½" mark.  Petrucci currently ranks fourth  in the NEC and fifth  in New England.

60 Meter Dash – Kwame Banahene placed fourth overall in the 60 meter dash in 7.05 seconds to automatically qualify for the New England Championships.  His performance also moved him into third place in the NEC rankings.

200 Meter Dash – Jean-Louis concluded his day with a seventh place finish in the 200 meter dash, crossing the line in 22.54 seconds.  He automatically qualified for the New England Championships with his performance, surpassing the 22.75 standard, and took over the NEC lead in the event in the process.  Matthew Lyhne, who placed sixteenth out of a huge field of 150 entrants in 23.03 seconds, moved into second place on the NEC list.

800 Meters – In a tactical race that went out very slowly, Patrick Peterson placed third out of 74 entries in 1:59.80, to move into second in the NEC rankings.

Mile – Richard Marcello placed fifth out of 110 entries in the mile run with a time of 4:23.61, and Christopher Connelly placed eighth in 4:24.79.  Both athletes recorded personal bests in the race, as they moved to fifth and sixth respectively in the NEC rankings.

Pole Vault – Senior captain Daniel Galanto placed sixth in the pole vault with a bar clearance of 13' 11 ½", moving him into sixth in the NEC rankings. 

Women's Highlights: 

Long Jump and Triple Jump – Ashley Matakevich picked up right where she left off last week, winning the long jump over a field of 40 competitors with a leap of 17' 10 ¾".  Later in the day, she placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 36' 11."  Both performances are automatic New England qualifiers.  Matakevich is the current leader in the New England long jump rankings.  She also ranks second in the NEC in the long jump, and third in the triple jump. 

60 Meter Dash and 200 Meter Dash – Senior captain Angelica Johnson finished second out of 60 entries in the 60 meter dash with a 7.73 second clocking, while freshman Seanne Denny placed fifth in her collegiate debut in 7.99 seconds.  Johnson automatically qualified for the New England's and just missed the ECAC standard of 7.68 seconds.  More importantly, she moved into a first place tie atop the NEC rankings, while Denny moved into seventh on the NEC list.  Later in the day, Johnson placed third out of 112 entries in the 200 meter dash in 25.94 seconds to record her second automatic New England qualifying performance of the meet.  She now ranks second in the NEC in the 200 meter event. 

3000 Meters – Senior captain Kimberly DeLoreto placed third in the 3000 meters with an automatic New England qualifying performance of 10:15.42, and sophomore teammate Megan Papp crossed the line in fourth place with a personal best of 10:37.08.  The tandem moved to first and second in the NEC rankings with their performances, and DeLoreto currently ranks fourth in New England as well.      

Weight Throw and Shot Put – Athalia Smith had two automatic New England qualifying performances on the day in the throwing events.  She opened up with a sixth place finish in the weight throw by heaving the weight 51' 3".  Later in the day she placed fourth in the shot put with a 42' ¾" throw, followed by teammates Carol Cress in sixth (40' 5") and Chantaul Smith in 8th (40' 2 ¾").  Athalia Smith currently ranks fourth in the NEC in the weight throw, and fifth in the shot put followed by Cress and Chantaul Smith, who are tied for sixth  in the shot. 

Pole Vault – Lauren Sudbey placed second in the pole vault, and was the first collegiate finisher, with a clearance of 10' 11 ¾".  She currently ranks second in the NEC. 

High Jump – Graduate student and team captain Bonnie Kilis finished second in the high jump with a 5' 2 ½" clearance, which ranks her fifth in the NEC.

Mile – Freshman Brittney Lane place twelfth out of 66 entries in the Mile run, crossing the line in 5:26.86 to move to fifth in the NEC rankings.