December 16, 2009

Three Pioneers Earn NEC Track Weekly Honors

Dec. 16, 2009

Sacred Heart junior Kimberly DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ), sophomore Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) and freshman Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY) earned this week's Road Runner Sports Northeast Conference Indoor Track & Field honors. DeLoreto was named the NEC Athlete of the Week and Smith took home Field Athlete of the Week honors. Rosado was named the Men's Rookie of the Week.

Rosado set a Sacred Heart record and leaped to the top of the Northeast Conference Performance List as a result of his 60-meter hurdles time (8.19) at the Harvard University Open. Besting a field of 40 entrants at Harvard, the rookie clocked in under the qualifying standard for the IC4A Championships and displaced teammate Bertony Jean-Louis for the NEC lead.

Last week it was sprinter Angelica Johnson, this time it is junior distance runner Kimberly DeLoreto claiming the Road Runner Sports NEC Women's Track Athlete of the Week award on behalf of Sacred Heart. Fresh off her 2009 NEC individual cross country crown, DeLoreto opened her indoor season by winning the 5K at the Harvard University Open. Her personal-best time of 17:20.76 easily surpassed the qualifying standard for the ECAC Championships and made her the early-season NEC leader in the event.

Smith parlayed a pair of personal records into the Road Runner Sports NEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week award. Competing at the Harvard University Open, the second-year Pioneer surpassed the qualifying standard for the ECAC Championship in the weight throw. Her fling of 16.62m (54' 6.5") placed her second amongst a field of 48 at Harvard and also ranks second on the NEC Performance List. She logged a fifth-place finish in the shot put with her top mark of 12.70m (41' 8") ranking fourth amongst NEC leaders.