LANDOVER, MD (February 9, 2013) – The Sacred Heart men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up day one of the 2013 Northeast Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Prince George Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD. The SHU women were led by junior Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY) who was the NEC Individual Champion in the 3,000 meters, helping put the Pioneers in second place after day one. The SHU men sit in third heading into Sunday's final events.
The Monmouth Hawks are the leaders on both sides after day one. The Hawk men have 28.5 points and lead Mount St. Mary's (19) in second and Sacred Heart in third (15). The Hawk women own 42.5 points after the first day and lead the Pioneers (20) and LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (20) in second.
On the men's side, SHU picked up points in the long jump, pole vault and shot put on Saturday. In the pole vault, senior Scott Polis (East Patchogue, NY picked up six points for the Pioneers thanks to a third place finish. Polis cleared a height of 14'9".
SHU picked up nine points in the long jump with freshman Gregory Hazell (Airmont, NY) and junior Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, NY) nabbing fourth and fifth place. Hazell, in his first NEC Championship, registered a leap of 21'10.25" with Hutchinson right behind at 21'10.00".
R-Junior Marc Troiani (Valhalla, NY) got the Pioneers four points in the shot put event, finishing fifth overall with a throw of 51'9.75".
In the men's 800 m prelims junior Patrick Peterson (Gloversville, NY) ran the fastest prelim time on Saturday, clocking in at 1:54.53, meeting the IC4A qualifying standard. In the men's 400 m prelims, freshman Daniel Graw (Nesconset, NY) qualified for Sunday's final with a time of 51.02 seconds. And in the men's 60 m hurdles , senior Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY) ran the second fastest qualifying time at 8.20 seconds, behind Jalen Walker of Monmouth at 8.14 seconds.