EMMITSBURG, MD (May 5, 2012) - The Sacred Heart men's track & field team sits in second place after the first day of competition at the 2012 Northeast Conference Outdoor Championships at Mount St. Mary's University. The Pioneers totaled 41 points through six scored events on Saturday and trail the Monmouth Hawks who racked up 71 points.
The Pioneers took four of the top-six spots in the hammer throw led by Matthew Wagner (Brookhaven, NY) who finished second with an IC4A qualifying throw of 173'11". Classmate Philip Miccio (Jericho, NY) took home third with a heave of 170'6". Christopher Mahl (South Burlington, VT) and Daniel Pepitone (Oakhurst, NJ) were fifth and sixth, measuring throws of 165'7" and 164'6".
In the shot put, Chase Petrucci (Harvery Cedars, NJ) and Marc Troiani (Valhalla, NY) finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth place and both met the IC4A standard. Petrucci recorded a toss of 54'2.00" with Troiani measuring in at 53'11.00".
The Pioneer tandem of Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) and Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY) owned the top-two qualifying times in the 100-meter hurdles to advance on to Sunday's finals. Both met the IC4A qualifying standard in the preliminaries as Jean-Louis clocked in at 14.59 seconds and Rosado on his heels at 14.63. Jean-Louis is coming off an indoor season where he qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 60-meter hurdles.
Rosado will also move on in the 400-meter hurdles, posting an IC4A qualifying time of 53.47 seconds to make Sunday's final. Monmouth's Chris Rutherford crossed the line at 53.43 seconds and LIU Brooklyn's Dwayne Layne in 53.82 seconds, also meeting the IC4A standard and setting up what should be an exciting final on Sunday.
The SHU 4x800 team of Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY), Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT), Andrew Houghtalen (West Charlton, NY) and Patrick Peterson (Gloversville, NY) finished third in the event with a time of 7:47.94.
Peterson will run in Sunday's final in the 800-meters, qualifying with a time of 1:54.71. Both Lusignan and Houghtalen moved on to the finals in the 1,500-meters, posting times of 4:03.82 and 3:59.72, respectively.
Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, NY) picked up points in the long jump, finishing third in the field with a leap of 23'8.25" and qualifying for the IC4A Championship meet. In the high jump, Drayke Jackson (East Northport, NY) took eighth by clearing a height of 6'3.50".
The championship meet will conclude on Sunday.