Pioneers Compete In Meets at Northeastern and Manhattan

BOSTON, Mass. – The Sacred Heart track and field teams competed this past weekend in the Jay Carisella Invitational hosted by Northeastern and the Brother Jasper Invitational at Manhattan College. Four athletes qualified for the ECAC, IC4A, and New England meets.

In Boston on Saturday, sophomore Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, N.Y.) finished second in the 5000m race in a new indoor school record time of 14:38.58. He broke teammate Christopher Connelly's previous record of 14:59.25 set in 2012. Ferguson's time is also a personal best, improving upon his previous best time by 32 seconds. He is currently the NEC leader in both the 3000m and 5000m, qualifying for the IC4A meet with his performance on Saturday.  Marc Troiani (Valhalla, N.Y.) had a second-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 15.54m, surpassing the New England standard in the event. Joshua Beloff (Marblehead, Mass.) placed sixth in the 200m with a time of 22.81 seconds, missing the New England qualifying time by .06 seconds.

On the women's side, Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawcatuck, Conn.) qualified for the ECAC meet in the 3000m. She finished second in the race at Northeastern in a time of 9:58.36, cutting 34 seconds of her personal best while running the fifth-fastest time in program history. Hutchins qualified for the ECACs in the 5000m last weekend, and is currently leading the NEC in the 3000m. She's also second in the conference in the 5000m behind teammate Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, N.Y.). Molly Barker (Weymouth, Mass.) and Shannon Hickey (South Easton, Mass.) also ran personal bests in the 3000m. Barker finished fifth in a time of 10:39.45 with Hickey sixth in 10:48.62. They are third and fifth respectively in the NEC in the 3000m.

Ashia Wright (Cheshire, Conn.) finished third in the 60m with a time of 7.85 seconds, surpassing the New England standard for the second straight week. Megan Papp (Niantic, Conn.) qualified for the New England meet in the 5000m with a time of 17:42.15, improving on her personal best by just over three seconds. In the field, Lindsay Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.) finished second in the shot put with a throw of 13.18m (43' 3"). Aponte qualified for the New England meet and leads the NEC in the shot put. Freshman Mareena DiMilia (Claryville, N.Y.) had a big day in her first college meet. She threw a personal best 12.35m (40' 6.25") in the shot put to finish fifth. DiMilia also had a personal best throw of 14.53m (47'8") in the weight throw to finish fifth. She currently ranks third in the NEC in the weight throw and fourth in the shot put after just missing the New England qualifying standards.

Drayke Jackson (East Northport, N.Y.) won the indoor heptathlon at the Brother Jasper Invitational with a score of 4,810 points, improving on his personal best by 784 points. He recorded personal bests in both the pole vault and shot put in the event. Jackson cleared 4.15m in the pole vault and had a throw of 10.39m in the shot put. He currently leads the NEC and New England in the event, missing the IC4A qualifying standard of 5,000 points. Gregory Hazell (Airmont, N.Y.) finished third in the heptathlon with a score of 4,587 points, improving on his personal best of 4,087 points. He recorded personal bests in the pole vault, shot put, and 1000m in the event. Hazell is second in the NEC and New England.

Nicole Bartosch (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) finished second in the women's indoor pentathlon with a score of 3,425 points, demolishing her previous best score of 3,068 points. She narrowly missed the ECAC qualifying standard of 3,450 points. Bartosch set personal bests in the high jump (5' 5"), long jump (17 '5.5"), and 800m (2:29.80). She is currently the NEC leader in the pentathlon and third in New England. Bartosch is also second in the NEC in the high jump and fourth in the long jump. Sara Isaacson (Aberdeen, N.J.) cleared a personal best 3.3 meters (10' 10") in the pole vault. Emily Kiss (Kenvil, N.J.) also had a personal best vault of 3.15 meters (10' 4") in the event. The duo is second and third in the NEC.

The Sacred Heart track and field teams are back in action on January 11 at the Yale Intercollegiate Track Classic.