Three Pioneers Headed to NCAA East Regional

FAIRFIELD, CT (May 17, 2013) - Sacred Heart senior Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) and juniors Lindsay Aponte (West Islip, NY) and Patrick Peterson (Gloversville, NY) will be competing at the 2013 NCAA East Regional being held at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC next weekend.

The trio will compete at Irwin Belk Track Complex on May 23rd through 25th.  Selmquist will be running the 10,000 meters while Aponte will compete in the shot put.  Peterson will be running in the 1,500 meters.

Selmquist ran her fastest time of the season in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Unviersity Invitational to open the outdoor season.  She posted a time of 34:58.98, blowing away her own school record in the event by near two and a half minutes (37:25.72).  Her time made her the first woman in Northeast Conference history to break 35 minutes in the event. The previous best time by an NEC athlete was 35:33.47 by Monmouth's Jennifer Nelson in 2012.

She would go on to win the event at the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship two weeks ago setting a new conference record in the process.  Selmquist clocked in at 36:05.40 to break a record that stood since the 2007 title meet.  She broke the mark of 36:19.44, set by Taryn Gibson of Saint Francis U in 2007. 

Aponte successfully defended her Northeast Conference title in the shot put by winning the event with a throw of 46'2.75".  She also garnered All-New England honors after a third place finish in the event a week ago.  Aponte's best throw of the outdoor season when she won the event at the American International Invitational with a throw of 48'4.75".  Aponte turned in first place finishes in the shot put in five-straight meets this spring, culminating with her win at the NEC Championship.

Like Selmquist, Peterson ran his best time of the outdoor season in the 1,500 at the Stanford Invitational.  Peterson won his section in the event with a time of 3:44.39, setting a new Sacred Heart school record.  The previous record was 3:52.21, set by Jeffrey Lusignan in 2011.

Peterson is coming off a win at the New England Championship in the 800 meters last weekend.  During the indoor and outdoor season, Peterson also collected the Northeast Conference title in the 800 meters at the 2013 Indoor Championships and the New England indoor title in the mile.

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