LANDOVER, MD (February 10, 2013) – Junior Brianna Castrogivanni won both the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters at the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship at the Prince George Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD. Castrogivanni was named the Co-MVP and the Most Outstanding Track Performer at this year's meet as she led the Pioneer women to a third place finish overall.
Castrogivanni scored 21 of the Pioneer's 74 total points and set a new NEC record in the 5k. She shared the MVP honor with Monmouth's Mariah Toussaint. The Hawks won this year's event with 162.5 points with LIU Brooklyn finishing second with 100 points.
The junior distance runner blazed the way in the 5,000 meters as the Pioneers claimed the first, second and sixth spots. Castrogivanni clocked in with a record time of 16:58.45, topping the previous mark of 17:17.02 set by Merel Van Steenbergen of Robert Morris in 2011.
Senior Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) was second to Castrogivanni, posting a time that also beat the previous NEC record. Selmquist clocked in at 17:03.69. Fellow senior Michelle Navarro (Piscataway, NJ) was sixth overall in the event with a time of 17:53.32. Both Castrogivanni and Selmquist easily met the ECAC qualifying standard.
On Saturday, Castrogivanni won her first career NEC Individual title with an ECAC qualifying time of 9:51.20 in the 3,000 meters. Castrogivanni was just over five seconds faster than the rest of the NEC field.
The Pioneers picked-up another NEC Individual title in the field as junior Lindsay Aponte (West Islip, NY) won the shot put event for her first career NEC individual medal. Aponte won the event with a season-best throw of 48'0.50", meeting the ECAC qualifying distance.
Competing in her first NEC Championship, freshman Adaora Nwodili (Corman, NY) picked up five points in the event with a fourth place finish. Nwodili registered a season-best throw of 43'9.25".
On the track, the SHU distance medley relay team of Selmquist, Westby, Bolduc and Castrogivanni finished fifth with a time of 12:27.28. Sophomore Ashia Wright (Cheshire, CTZ) finished fifth in the 60 meter dash, clocking in at 7.72 seconds, her fastest time this indoor season. Wright was eighth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.91 seconds.
In the 500 meters , Katelyn Racanelli (Riverside, CT) took home a third place finish with a time of 1:16.38, a season-best time.