LORETTO, Pa. – The Sacred Heart men's cross country team finished in fifth place in Saturday's Northeast Conference Championship, held at Immergrun Golf Course. Christopher Connelly (Medford, N.Y.) and Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, N.Y.) placed in the top-10 for the Pioneers.
Connelly was Sacred Heart's top runner, finishing fourth while covering the 8K course in 26:54. Ferguson finished in sixth with a time of 26:59. Freshman Robert Challenor (Coram, N.Y.) ran a time of 30:42 to finish 41st. Colby Jennings (North Haven, Conn.) was right behind Challenor in 42nd place, running a time of 30:45. Freshman Cameron Swift (Oxford, Conn.) rounded out the Pioneers' scoring pack with a 47th place finish in a time of 31:28.
Sacred Heart finished with 140 points, nine points clear of sixth-place Mount St. Mary's. Central Connecticut won the team championship, sweeping the top three spots in the race, with Robert Morris and Saint Francis U rounding out the top-three. Bryant was fourth.
The Pioneers will next compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. on Nov. 15.
Notes from Saturday's Meet
- Connelly earned his third straight All-NEC honor for the men, joining Jeff Lusignan (class of 2012), as the only other man in program history to achieve this feat. Lusignan did it in 2009, 2010 and 2011. During his time at SHU, Connelly has placed 20th, 7th, 3rd and 4th in his NEC races, proving to be a very reliable championship competitor.
- Ferguson improved from 13th last year to 6th today. He is the only man in program history to earn All-NEC honors in both his freshman and sophomore years.