Ferguson Helps SHU to Fifth Place Finish at NEC Championships

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Sean Ferguson turned in two top two finishes, including winning the 5,000 Meters, as the Sacred Heart men's track and field team placed fifth at the 2015 Northeast Conference Championships. With 87 total points, the Pioneers edged out sixth place Wagner by 1.5 points. Also medaling was the 4 x 100 Relay team of Michael Raia, Warner Cooley III, Joshua Beloff, and Sebastian Pierre, who combined to win a silver medal, and Gregory Hazell and Giuseppe DeLucia, who both took home bronzes.

Ferguson was the only competitor to run under the 15 minutes mark in the 5,000 Meters, crossing the finish line in 14:56.15 for his first career NEC outdoor gold. He won the Indoor 3,000 Meters in 2014. Also earning points in the event was freshman Timothy Loehner, whose time of 15:28.34 was good for sixth after a seventh place finish in the 10,000 Meters yesterday. Ferguson missed out on a second gold by 2.13 seconds in the 1,500 Meters, as he and the gold medalist were the only two to break the four-minute barrier. The sophomore ran a personal collegiate best 3:59.0.

The quartet of Raia, Cooley, Beloff, and Pierre recorded SHU's best time of the season in the 4 x 100 Relay, crossing in 42.05. They were 1.29 seconds short of champion LIU Brooklyn, and edged Wagner by .41 seconds. Individually, Cooley ran the fastest 100 Meter time of his collegiate career en route to a fifth place finish.  Crossing in 10.78 seconds, he also was under the IC4A qualifying time.

Hazell repeated his bronze medal performance from 2014 in the Triple Jump, earning his way on to the podium with an ECAC standard distance of 48'8¾". That was just one of his three point earning performances, as he was also part of the fifth place 4 x 400 Meter Relay team, and ran to a sixth place finish in the 110 Meter Hurdles. He was joined by Ralph Gangi, Pierre, and Trevor Guerrera in the Relay, as the four combined to finish in 3:20.22. His final time in Hurdles was 15.05.

DeLucia's bronze came in the Pole Vault, as the sophomore improved upon his eighth place finish from 2014. He tied with another competitor in clearing 14'5¼", but earned the medal by doing so in his first attempt.  

Three other Pioneers helped SHU to its point total. Guerrera missed out on a podium spot in the 800 Meters by just .3 seconds, crossing in new collegiate best of 1:52.88. Joseph Erdos earned a fifth place finish in the Hammer Throw, with his furthest toss traveling 152'1½". Patrick DiIorio's throw of 168'11" in the Javelin was the sixth furthest and resulted in a new collegiate best.

 Individuals who qualified will next compete in the New England Championships next weekend. The three-day competition is hosted by MIT in Cambridge, Mass., and will begin on Thursday at 1 pm.