Dec. 8, 2009
The Sacred Heart men's and women's indoor track & field teams opened up the 2009-10 season over the weekend with both teams winning the Collegiate Track Conference Relay Carnival. The women posted 73 points to pull away in an 11-team field while the men scored 59.50 points to finish in front of Farmingdale State in second in a field of nine teams. It is the 13th consecutive team title for the women and 12th for the men at the event.
The Pioneers won the 55-meter dash relay with junior Angelica Johnson (Little Ferry, NJ) winning the event with a time of 7.17 seconds, setting a new school relay record and just missing ECAC qualifying by .01 seconds. She did meet the New England qualifying standard of 7.40. Freshman Julianne Cappadona (North Attleboro, MA) and sophomore Kellie Dunn (Rutherford, NJ) finished third and fourth, crossing in 7.47 and 7.73 seconds.
In the 5,000-meters, sophomore Sara Pollock (Sandy Hook, CT) and junior Samantha Troy (Lebanon, CT) combined to win the event, finished second and sixth respectively. Pollock set a new personal best by over 30 seconds with a time of 18:50.97. Troy finished in 19:17.42. In the high jump, senior Tyler Treaton (Nanuet, NY) finished tied for third and freshman Ashley Beck (Nesconset, RI) tied for fifth, both clearing the bar 4'9.75". Cappadona also placed in the long jump, finishing fourth (15'5.50").
Sophomore Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT) won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump to lead the Pioneers in both events. Matakevich posted a leap of 35'10.75" in the triple and was runner up in the long jump with a distance of 16'7.00". In the pole vault, senior Kerry Ojeda (Coram, NY), the defending NEC Champ, set a new school record, breaking the mark she set last year of 3.40 meters (11' 1 ¾"). She finished first clearing the bar at a height of 11'5.75", automatically qualifying for New England's. Freshman Lauren Sudbey (Sandy Hook, CT) finished fourth with a height of 9'6.25".
The Pioneers dominated in the throwing events led by sophomores Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT), Carol Cress (Butler, PA) and Chantaul Smith (New Britain, CT). In the shot relay, Cress and Smith combined for the win and surpassed the New England qualifying standard of 12.50 m (41' ¼"). Cress won the event with a throw of 43'10.75" and right on her heels was Smith at 41'3.75". In the weight throw relay, the Pioneer combination of Athalia Smith and Chantaul Smith teamed for the victory. Athalia Smith topped the ECAC qualifying standard of 16.00 meters (52' 6) with a throw of 52'11.00 for first place. Chantaul Smith was second with a personal best throw of 46'11.50".
In the 4x1600 meter relay, the Pioneers team of sophomore Brittany Llobell (West Sayville, NY), sophomore Johanna Acosta (Hartford, CT), junior Erin McPherson (Marlborough, MA) and sophomore Mary St. Thomas (Cumberland, RI) took home top honors with a time of 22:40.68. Llobell, who missed XC season due to injury, ran the fastest split, 5:30.8. In the Distance Medley relay, the Pioneers finished first with a time of 12:57.46. Senior Sarah Tencza (Succasunna, NJ) ran the 1200 meters, freshman Jennifer Sant Anna (Montvale, PA) ran the 400 meters, sophomore Brigid Paddock (Stony Brook, NY) ran the 800 meters and freshman Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) ran the 1600 meters.
The team of junior Stephanie Kanner (Coram, NY), 400 meters, sophomore Kellie Dunn (Rutherford, NJ) and freshman Ashley Beck (Nesconset, NY), the 200 meters, and freshman Erin O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, NY), the 800 meters, took first in the Sprint Medley relay, finishing with a time of 4:23.22. The 4x800 meter relay team of Acosta, Tencza, Selmquist and freshman Michelle Navarro (Piscataway, NJ) took first with a time of 10:15.38.
In the 55 meter Hurdles Relay, the Pioneer team of Bertony Jean-Louise (Norwalk, CT) and r-freshman Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY) combined to win the event with a new school relay record. Jean-Louis recorded broke his own school record in the event (old record 7.69 by Jean-Louis) with an IC4A qualifying time of 7.67 seconds. Rosado was right behind in second with a time of 7.80 seconds, both qualifying for New England's in the event.
In the 4x1600 meter relay, the Pioneer team of freshman Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY), sophomore Richard Marcello (Foster, RI), freshman Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, NY) and freshman Colin Seidl (Cochecton, NY) finished first with a time of 18:04.99. Seidl ran the fastest split, 4:27.7, as he pulled away to victory on the last lap, helping lead the team to a new school record for the relay. In the Distance Medley, the Pioneers got a first place finish from the team of sophomore Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT), the 1200 meters, freshman Justin McLoughlin (West Hurley, NY), the 400 meters, junior Samuel Silliman (Portland, CT), the 800 meters, and grad student John Kenworthy (Gloversville, NY), the 1600 meters). Kenworthy anchored in a very fast 4:21.7.
The 4x200 meter and 4x400 meter relay teams also took first place honors. In the 4x200, the team of freshman Joshua Roman (Seymour, CT), freshman Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT), Jean-Louis and Rosado won with a time of 1:30.25. Jean-Louis had the fastest split, 22.3, and the men ran the second fastest time in school history for this relay. In the 4x400 meters, sophomore Kenneth Synan (Red Hook, NY), junior Peter Conti (Mansfield, MA), freshman Ian Haney (Selden, NY) and Lyhne took first in a time of 4:08.97. Lyhne ran the fastest split, 49.3, to bring the team from second into first over the final meters of the race.
In the Sprint Medley, junior Scott Kasper (East Meadow, MA), the 400 meters, Haney and Synan, the 200 Meters, and sophomore John Ahern (Islip Terrace, NY), the 800 Meters, finished first with a time of 4:32.22.
The SHU men got a first place finish from senior Brendan Rickert (Danbury, CT) in the 5,000 meters. Rickert turned in a time of 15:43.45, a personal best. He teamed with junior James Curran (Hazlet, NJ) in fourth, 16:13.13, to win the event.
In the triple jump, sophomore Bertony Jean-Louise (Norwalk, CT) finished first with a leap of 49'9.00", a New England qualifying leap. Senior Keith Rowe (Taunton, MA) took third in the pole vault with a height of 13'6.25"
On Friday, SHU's Bonnie Kilis (Marlborough, CT) and Molly Hurkett (Woburn, MA) competed at the 16th Annual University of Rhode Island Pentathlon. Kilis finished sixth at the event and Hurkett took eighth.
Both Pioneer track teams will return to action on December 12th at the Harvard University Open.