STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's track and field team leads after Friday's first day of the Northeast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. The women's team is second after Friday's action.
The men's team excelled in the field Friday afternoon. Giuseppe DeLucia won the pole vault title by clearing 14'9". Thomas Yavorka took third place by clearing 14'1.25", and Andrew Travins had a mark of 12'1.5" to finish sixth and give the Pioneers 19 points in the event. Sacred Heart also earned 13 points in the shot put. Michael Kearns took third with a throw of 49'8.25", with Christian Turner fourth at 49'5.5". O'Brian Joslyn was seventh with a throw of 46'1.5". Joshua Beloff took third in the long jump with a leap of 22'2.25" to give SHU six points.
On the track. Connor Rog finished second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:28.99. Trevor Guerrera (1:57.48) and Cameron Swift (1.58.71) both qualified for the 800 meters final. Guerrera also qualified for the final in the mile. Sebastian Pierre qualified sixth for the 400 meter final, with Quaheem Dufane qualifying for the final in the 60 meter dash. SHU scored 46 points on Friday, putting the Pioneers ahead of Saint Francis U by 19.
The women's team scored 30.66 points Friday, putting them in second behind Robert Morris who had 35.33. Nicole Bartosch scored in two field events Friday, taking third in the long jump (17'10.25") and tying for eighth in the high jump with Victoria Pileggi (5'0.50"). Bartosch also qualified for the 60 meter hurdles final. Jenna Rothermel took sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 51'8.25".
The Pioneers scored 21 points in the 3,000 meters. Jennifer Hahne finished second in 10:10.35, followed by Tara Connelly in third in 10:14.31. Lindsey Lucas (10:17.81) and Jody DiCicco (10:19.12) finished fifth and sixth respectively. Kayla Lawrence qualified for the 200 and 400 meter finals. Jacqueline Thorne and Caroline Conte qualified fourth and fifth for the 800 meter final. Thorne, Connelly, and Kelly Quinn all qualified for the mile final. Taylor Ann D'Agostino had the third-fastest time in the 500 meter prelims. Adriana Forcucci qualified for the 60 meter dash final.
The NEC Indoor championships conclude Saturday.