Women’s Track Finishes Fourth At New England Indoor Championships

BOSTON – The Sacred Heart women's track team finished fourth at the New England Intercollegiate Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. Senior Kolbi Smith (Valatie, N.Y.) won the shot put this weekend as Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, N.Y.) and Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawcatuck, Conn.) each had a second-place finish.

This is the second year in a row the Pioneers finished fourth in the New England meet. Sacred Heart was second in 2012.

Smith won the shot put with a toss of 48'6", a personal best and the third-best throw in program history. It also qualified her for the ECAC meet. Lindsay Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.) finished third in the shot put with a throw of 46'0.75" to also qualify for ECACs. Castrogivanni finished second in the mile, with her time of 4:50.48 breaking her own school record set in January by more than five seconds. Hutchins ran second in the 5000m, missing out on the top spot by 0.5 seconds with a time of 16:57.35 that qualified her for the ECAC Championships.

Sacred Heart's 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams broke school records this weekend. The 4x400 team of Shay Cronin (Prospect, Conn.), Bridget Carey (St. James, N.Y.) , Nicole Bartosch (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), and Katelyn Racanelli (Riverside, Conn.) ran a time of 3:54.71 in the event. Bartosch ran a personal-best 57.6 leg of the relay, while Racanelli ran a very fast 56.3 in the anchor leg. The 4x800 relay team of Castrogivanni, Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, N.H.), Christine Donnelly (Eldred, N.Y.), and Jennifer Hahne (Madison, Conn.) finished eighth with a time of 9:19.99, qualifying for the ECACs. Castrogivanni ran a personal-best 2:17.50 in the anchor leg as Hahne ran a personal-best 2:19.70 in the third leg.

Bartosch finished fifth in the pentathlon with 3,372 points. Bartosch was fourth in the 800m and fifth in the 60m hurdles, long jump, and shot put. She set personal bests in the shot put, 60m hurdles, and 800m in the pentathlon.  Racanelli and Carey finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 500m. Racanelli's time of 1:14.35 qualified her for the ECAC Championships, while Carey's time of 1:16.23 was a personal best. Bolduc placed seventh in the 1000m, running a time of 2:58.32.

Three other Pioneers set new personal bests this weekend. Dylan Baker (Petersham, Mass.) had a personal best jump of 17'10.75" to finish ninth in the event. In the 5000m, Teresa Gagliostro (Washington, N.J.) ran a personal best 18:24.89 and Stephanie Messier (Canterbury, Conn.) had a time of 19:33.03.

The Pioneers return to Boston University next weekend for the ECAC Championships March 7-8.