May 1, 2010

SHU Women Lead NEC Championship After Day One; Men Sit 7th

May 1, 2010

2010 NEC Championship Headquarters

Emmitsburg, Md. (May 1, 2010) - The Sacred Heart women's track and field team leads the 2010 Northeast Conference Championship after the first day of competition on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Mount St. Mary's University. SHU posted 59 points after six scored events on Saturday. The Pioneer men sit in seventh place after day one.

Trailing the Pioneers on the women's side is Monmouth in second place with 48 points, followed by Saint Francis (Pa.) (24), Wagner (19), Long Island (19), Robert Morris (18), Mount St. Mary's (14), Quinnipiac (10), Fairleigh Dickinson (8), St. Francis (N.Y.) *8),Central Connecticut St. (5) and Bryant (2).

Sacred Heart finished the day by winning the 4x800 meter relay to capture 10 points. The foursome of freshman Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY), senior Sarah Tencza (Succasunna, NJ), freshman Erin O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, NY) and sophomore Brittany Llobell (West Sayville, NY) took home the NEC title with a time of 9:26.40.

In the 10,000 meters, SHU picked up points from junior Samantha Troy (Lebanon, CT), sophomore Mckenzie Krause (Bennington, VT) and junior Dana Troy (Lebanon, CT). Samantha Troy finished fifth with a time of 39:51.53 followed by Krause in seventh (41:05.26) and Dana Troy in eighth (41:10.49).

In the pole vault, senior Kerry Ojeda (Coram, NY) placed second overall clearing the bar at 10'11.75". Freshman Lauren Sudbey (Sandy Hook, CT) was fifth with a height of 10'6.00". In the long jump, sophomore Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT) took fourth overall with a leap of 18'1.50". In the shot put event, Sacred Heart picked up points from sophomores Carol Cress (Butler, PA) and Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) who finished third and fifth respectively. Cress recorded a toss of 42'9.75" while Smith checked in at 42'2.00".

In the hammer throw, Smith finished second with an ECAC qualifying throw of 178'1". Sophomore teammate Christine Middleton (Colchester, CT) finished third with a throw of 169'11". Sophomore Chantaul Smith (New Britain, CT) took eight with a throw of 152'9".

A trio of Pioneers will move on to the finals on the track on Sunday in Civardi, Tencza and sophomore Karlie Dean (Stormville, NY). Civardi qualified for Sunday's final in the 1,500 meters, running the third fastest time of 4:51.41. Tencza qualified in the 800 meters, clocking in at 2:17.92. Dean made the mark in the 400 meters clocking in at 58.88 seconds.

On the men's side, Monmouth has 70.5 points to lead all teams after the first six events. Central Connecticut State (48), Long Island (26.5), St. Francis (N.Y.) (24), Robert Morris (15), Saint Francis (Pa.) (14), Sacred Heart (13), Mount St. Mary's (9), Fairleigh Dickinson (8) and Wagner (6) round out the field.

On the track, the Pioneers qualified eight athletes for Sunday's finals. Sophomore Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) and freshman Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY) each qualified for the finals in a pair of events. Jean-Louis moves on in the 200 meters with a time of 21.90 seconds and the 110-meter hurdles, clocking the fastest time in 14.27 seconds. Rosado qualified in both the 110-meter hurdles (14.54) and the 400 meter hurdles (53.09). Senior Keith Rowe (Taunton, MA) qualified in the 110-meter hurdles (15.10) while freshman Justin McLoughlin (West Hurley, NY) qualified in the 400 meter hurdles (55.09) as well.

In the 400 meters, freshman Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT) qualified for Sunday's final with a time of 49.03 seconds while in the 1,500 meters, sophomore Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT) qualified with a clocking of 3:59.66.

The Pioneers picked up points on Saturday in the 10,000 meters as sophomore Richard Marcello (Foster, RI) finished fourth overall (32:00.17) with senior Brendan Rickert (Danbury, CT) coming in eighth (32:37.12). The SHU 4x800 meter relay team of senior Matthew Chorney (Bristol, NH), junior Daniel Koehler (Red Hook, NY), sophomore John Ahern (Islip Terrace, NY) and Lusignan finished fifth with a time of 7:55.09.

In the high jump, SHU's Nicholas Phillips (Portland, ME) cleared the bar at 6'3.50", good for a sixth place finish.

The two-day championship event will conclude on Sunday afternoon.

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