LANDOVER, Md. – The Sacred Heart men's track and field team couldn't hold off a hard-charging LIU Brooklyn team on Sunday, finishing second in the 2014 Northeast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Scott Polis (East Patchogue, N.Y.) started off the day with a second-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 14'9". Giuseppe DeLucia (North Branford, Conn.) cleared 13'9.25" to finish sixth. The Pioneers finished 2-3-4 in the shot put to earn 19 team points. Marc Troiani (Valhalla, N.Y.) was second with a throw of 53'9", qualifying for the IC4A Championships. Philip Miccio (Jericho, N.Y.) had a throw of 51'2.75" to finish third. David Roy IV (Melrose, Mass.) was fourth with a throw of 49'11".
Sacred Heart had fallen behind LIU Brooklyn early on Sunday, and attempted a comeback late in the day. Gregory Hazell (Airmont, N.Y.) finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 48'0.5", with Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, N.Y.) sixth with a jump of 45'3.5". Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, N.Y.) had a pair of top-three finishes on Sunday. The sophomore finished second in the mile with a time of 4:18, and had a third-place finish in the 5000m with a time of 14:50.11. Less than a half hour after finishing the 5000m, Ferguson ran the anchor leg of Sacred Heart's distance medley relay. He ran a 4:25 mile in the DMR, which marked his fifth race of the weekend. Ferguson ran eight miles, all told, in the NEC Championships which included his 3000m win and his mile prelim on Saturday.
Sacred Heart closed the gap to LIU Brooklyn in the distance medley relay, finishing fourth to get within 8.5 points of the Blackbirds heading into the final event of the day. LIU Brooklyn finished second in the 4x400m relay, as the Pioneers failed to score in the event. In the end, the Blackbirds took the NEC title with 125 points with Sacred Heart second with 108.5 points.
Sacred Heart will return to the track on Feb. 23 for the USA Track & Field – New England Indoor Championships.