(Fairfield, CT) – Three members of the Sacred Heart Men's and Women's Track and Field teams were honored this week by the NEC for their performances this past weekend at the Morgan State University Legacy Meet. Chase Petrucci (Harvey Cedars, NJ) won NEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week, Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, NY) took NEC Men's Rookie of the Week, and Bonnie Kilis (Marlborough, CT) was awarded NEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week.
Petrucci set an outdoor personal record in the shot put with a throw of 16.34m (53' 7.5"), earning him a silver medal and catapulting him to the top of the NEC performance list. Petrucci's second-place effort accounted eight of the Pioneers' 98 team points, leading the Men's Track and Field team to a six-point first place finish over Pittsburgh. Petrucci also qualified for the IC4A Championships with his performance at Morgan State, and now holds a one-centimeter lead over Central Connecticut's Rashad Williams on the NEC shot put performance list.
Hutchinson took fourth out of 18 in the long jump with a leap of 6.94m (22' 9.25"), placing him fifth on the NEC leader board. He already ranks fourth overall on the NEC's list of triple jump performers as well. The five points Hutchinson contributed helped lead Sacred Heart to their first-place finish.
Kilis scored 4,802 points in the heptathlon, moving into first place on the NEC performance list. Her point total is 180 points better than previous NEC leader Lindsey Walsh of Monmouth scored at UCLA on April 7. Competing in a field of 11, Kilis won the javelin throw and high jump events with marks that rank amongst the NEC's top-10 leaders. Clearing 1.65m (5' 5") in the high jump, Kilis moved into a tie for second place on the conference leader board. Although short of her seasonal best in the javelin, which currently ranks fourth in the NEC, Kilis' javelin mark of 38.95m is the sixth best in the conference. Kilis' overall heptathlon point total ranks her first in the NEC, sixth in the ECAC, and 24th in the NCAA East Region.