BRONX, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Northeast Regional Friday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.
The Sacred Heart men's cross country team had a pair of runners compete in the men's 10K race. Sophomore Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, N.Y.) ran a time of 31:22.3 to finish 47th. His finish is the highest NCAA Regionals finish for a Sacred Heart men's cross country runner, besting Christopher Connelly's (Medford, N.Y.) 54th-place finish last year. Ferguson also set a new school record for the 10K cross country distance. Connelly placed 76th on Friday after completing the course in a time of 31:54.4, his third consecutive top-80 finish at the regional. His finish is the third-best all-time by a Sacred Heart men's cross country runner at the NCAA regional.
The Sacred Heart women's cross country team finished 18th out of 37 teams in the regional, with its top five runners all finishing in the top-150. Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, N.Y.) earned All-Northeast Region honors after placing 23rd in the 6K race with a time of 20:57.4. She is the first Sacred Heart runner, male or female, to be named All-Region. Castrogivanni's finish is the best in program history at the NCAA Regional, besting the 26th place finish of Kimberly DeLoreto in 2009. Her time set a new school record in the 6K. The previous record of 21:22 was set by Alyssa Selmquist in the NCAA Regional last season. She also set a new personal best in the race, eclipsing the 21:25 she ran en route to winning the Princeton Invitational earlier this season.
Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawcatuck, Conn.) also placed in the top-100 on Friday, finishing 83rd in 22:04.2. Her time is a new personal best as she improved on her 184th finish in the 2012 NCAA Regional. Hutchins' race is the third-fastest 6K in program history. Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, N.H.) finished in 119th place with a time of 22:31, improving on her 129th-place finish last year. Sophomore Shannon Hickey (South Easton, Mass.) ran a time of 22:52.3 to finish in 148th place, as Jennifer Hahne (Madison, Conn.) finished right behind Hickey in 150th with a time of 22:53.9, a new personal-best. The Pioneers had 520 points, four behind 17th place Quinnipiac. Providence was the top team in the regional, with Dartmouth second and Syracuse third. This is Sacred Heart's second-best team finish ever, behind only the Pioneers' 16th-place finish last fall.
The two teams will wrap up the 2013 cross country season on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the IC4A/ECAC Championship at Van Cortlandt Park.