February 8, 2010

Pioneers Compete at Yale Giegengack Invitational

Feb. 8, 2010

The Pioneer men's and women's track & field teams took part in the 6th Annual Giegengack Invitational at Yale University over the weekend. Senior Brittany Dexter (Ballston Lake, NY) and sophomores Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) and Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) picked-up wins in their individual events over the weekend.

Smith finished first in the weight throw with a season-best throw and also took home eighth in the shot put. Smith posted a toss of 60'4.00" (18.39m) in the weight throw, meeting New England and ECAC Championship qualifying standards. She is the top ranked athlete in the Northeast Conference in the event. In the shot put, her throw of 42'10.75" (13.07m) met New England qualifying standards and is ranked seventh among leaders in the NEC.

Sophomore Chris Middleton (Colchester, CT) finished fifth in the weight throw with a throw of 45'11.24" (14.00m) and 10th in the shot put at 37'0.50" (13.07m). Sophomore Chantaul Smith (New Britain, CT) finished seventh in the weight throw at 44'7.0" (13.59m).

Dexter, competing in her second event of the indoor season, she picked-up her first win in the high jump. She cleared the bar at 5'7.00" (1.70m), meeting both the New England and ECAC standard. She is the current leader in the event in the NEC rankings at 1.72m at last week's Boston University Terrier Invitational.

The SHU Distance Medley Relay team finished fifth over the weekend in a time of 12:05.99. the team of freshman Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY), senior Sara Tencza (Succasunna, NJ), freshman Brigid Paddock (Stony Brook, NY) and junior Kimberly DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ) now rank second in the NEC rankings in the event. Tencza also finished seventh in the 1,000 meters, meeting New England qualifying standards with a time of 3:02.11. Paddock ran in 10th with a time of 3:06.30.

Junior Angelica Johnson (Little Ferry, NJ) took second in the 60 meter dash, clocking in at 7.67 seconds, meeting ECAC qualifying standards. Her season-best time has her ranked second on the NEC performance list this season.

Senior Kerry Ojeda (Coram, NY) finished fifth in the pole vault with a height of 10'6.00" (3.20m).

On the men's side, freshman Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT) finished seventh in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.62, meeting New England qualifying standards. Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) finished ninth also meeting the standard at 22.64 seconds.

Jean-Louis won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.13 seconds, meeting IC4A Championship qualifying standards. Junior Peter Conti (Mansfield, MA) took fifth in 8.48 seconds and senior Keith Rowe (Taunton, MA) was ninth in 8.63 seconds. He finished third in the triple jump, again meeting the New England Championship standard at 45'8.50" (13.93m).

The Distance Medley Relay team of sophomore Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT), senior Jason Soule (South Portland, ME), sophomore John Ahern (Islip Terrace, NY) and senior Matthew Chorney (Bristol, NH) finished in 10:11.03, moving up to second in the NEC rankings. Chorney moved up the NEC rankings to third in the mile with a time of 4:22.41

The 4x400 Meter Relay team of junior Daniel Galanto (East Hampton, CT), Soule, freshman Justin McLoughlin (West Hurley, NY) and Lyhne finished fifth in a time of 3:21.46, placing them fifth among the NEC leaders in the event.

Both Pioneer teams are back in action this weekend at the Collegiate Track Conference Indoor Championship at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.