BOSTON, MA (October 12, 2013) - The Sacred Heart men's and women's cross country teams ran in the 101st New England Championship race Saturday at Boston's Franklin Park. The Pioneer women took home a ninth place finish while the men were 30th at the event.
The Pioneer women had a pair of runners earn All-New England honors in senior Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY) and junior Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawctuck, CT) while on the men's side, sophomore Sean Ferguson and graduate student Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) matched the feat earning the regional honor as well.
Castrogivanni matched the best-ever finish by a Pioneer at the annual race, crossing the finish line in fifth place with a time of 17:34. Her fifth place finish matches the fifth place posted by Kimberly DeLoreto back in 2009 as the best Sacred Heart finish at the New England title race. Castrogivanni improved on her ninth place finish at last year's race and becomes the first runner in school history to earn two top-10 finishes at New England's over her career.
Hutchins, who finished in 76th place at last fall's race, took 25th on Saturday to earn All-New England honors for the first time in her career. Hutchins posted a time of 18:15 on Saturday.
Rounding out the SHU top-five finishers was sophomore Shannon Hickey (South Easton, MA) in 64th (18:46), freshman Jennifer Hahne (Madison, CT) in 88th (18:59) and junior Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, NH) in 129th (19:22).
For the men, Ferguson was the top finisher coming home in 18th place overall with a time of 24:56. He improved upon his 80th place finish at last fall's race to earn All-New England honors for the first time in his career. His 18th place finish is the second best ever finish at this annual race for a Pioneer (Luis German, 17th - 2008; Jeffrey Lusignan, 17th - 2011).
Connelly is now a two-time All-New England performer, becoming the first men's runner in program history to accomplish that feat. Connelly took 29th overall with a time of 25:10. He finished 25th at last fall's race.
For the men, fellow NEC member Central Connecticut won the race with 54 total points, edging out Northeastern. On the women's side, New Hampshire won the team title with 50 total points, beating the second place finisher UCONN by 110 points.
The Pioneers are back in action next weekend at the Princeton Invitational, their final tune-up before the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship.