New haven, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's and women's track and field teams were in action on Sunday at the Yale Springtime Invitational.
Michael Kearns threw a season best in the shot put, 14.98 meters (49'1.75") to win the event and move into 4th in NEC rankings. The mark is also a New England qualifier. Kearns also threw a personal best in the discus for 3rd place. His mark of 41.70m (136'10") sits 6th in the NEC so far this season.
Elijah Pierson also performed well for the Pioneers, finishing 4th in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. His time of 11.12 seconds in the 100m dash was a personal best.
Camille McKenzie set a new personal best in the 400 meter hurdles to win the event and catapult to 5th in the NEC so far this season. Her time of 1:04.08 meets the New England standard by more than one second.
Tanaya Wade set a season best in the 100 meter dash, crossing the line in 12.43 seconds. Wade moves herself into 11th in the NEC so far this season and meets the New England standard.
The team of McKenzie, Wade, Adrianna Forcucci and Abigail Johnson also won the 4x100 meter relay in a new season best time of 49.05 seconds.
Selina Sampieri won the pole vault, clearing 3.40 meters. The senior ranks 8th in the NEC after her last performance at Yale earlier in April, 3.55m (11'7.75").
Freshman rookies Kathryn Matrisciano and Samantha Curran set season bests in the shot put for 3rd and 5th. Matrisciano's mark, 12.65m (41'6") is 5th in the NEC right now and Curran's mark of 12.37m (40'7") is 7th. Both marks meet the New England standard.
The pioneers are back in action Saturday 5. May at the Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Mt. st. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD at 8:45 am.