December 14, 2009

Pioneer Track Teams Compete at Harvard Invite

Dec. 14, 2009

Harvard Invitational Results

The Sacred Heart men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed at the Harvard Invitational over the weekend and produced six individuals event winners, two ECAC and two IC4A qualifiers, 18 New England qualifiers and a new school record at the event. No team scoring was used at the event held at the Gordon Track & Tennis Center.

"We are very encouraged by these early season results," stated head coach Christian Morrison, who's two teams will be off until January 8th. "If we can stay healthy, both our men and women are positioned to contend for Northeast Conference Championships this season."

The Pioneer women recorded four first place finishes on the track. In the 5000 meters, junior Kimberly DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ) finished first with a personal best time of 17:20.76. Her time qualified her for the ECAC's for the first time in her career in the event, easily under the ECAC qualifying standard of 17:33.64. DeLoreto leads the NEC performance list by more than a full minute and also qualified for New England's, ranking first in the New England performance list. Freshman Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) finished seventh with a time of 19:01.41, ranking seventh in the NEC.

Junior Angelica Johnson (Little Ferry, NJ) took the top-spot in the 60 meter dash, clocking in at 7.70 seconds, only .02 off the ECAC qualifying standard. She continues to rank first in the NEC and is fourth in New England in the event. Freshman Julianne Cappadona (North Attleboro, MA) finished second behind Johnson with a time of 7.87 seconds, ranking fifth among NEC runners. Both athletes automatically qualified for New England's.

Sophomore Karlie Dean (Stormville, NJ) won both the 200 and 400 meter events. Dean won the 200 meters with a time of 25.68 seconds. She now ranks third in NEC and New England in the event. Cappadona claimed runner-up honors in her second event with a time of 25.73 seconds, a personal best, and now ranks fourth in NEC, and in New England. Both automatically qualified for New England's. In the 400 meters, she posted a win with a personal best time of 58.49 seconds, qualifying her for New England's and ranking her first in the league.

In the field events, sophomore Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) finished second in the weight throw with a personal best throw of 54' 6 ½". She now ranks second in the NEC and fourth in New England and surpassed the ECAC standard of 52' 6" for the second straight week. She also earned a spot as an automatic New England qualifier. Sophomore Chantaul Smith (New Britain, CT) was fifth with a personal best throw of 47' 2 ½", ranking her fifth in the NEC.

In the shot put, sophomore Carol Cress (Butler, PA) finished fourth with a throw of 42' 1 ¼", holding on to her top ranking in the NEC, and putting her fourth in New England. Athalia Smith was fourth with a personal best toss of 41' 8", moving her to fourth in the NEC. Both are automatically qualified for the New England's.

The mile saw four Pioneers finish in the top-15 in the event led by freshman Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY) who took fourth. Civardi clocked in at 5:15.17 and now ranks first in the NEC in the event. Sophomore Brigid Paddock (Stony Brook, NY) was six in a personal best time of 5:21.71, now ranking second in the NEC. Sophomore Brittany Llobell (West Sayville, NY) finished 10th in 5:25.93, ranking fourth in NEC followed by freshman Erin O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, NY) in 14th at 5:28.58, ranking fifth in the league. Civardi finished 10th in the 800 meters running in 2:27.74, ranks first among NEC runners this season.

Junior Stephanie Kanner (Coram, NY) and freshman Molly Hurkett (Woburn, MA) finished seventh and eighth in the 500 meters. Kanner finished in 1:22.13, ranking second in the NEC and Hurkett ran in 1:22.50, ranking third in the conference. In the 3000 meters, junior Samantha Troy (Lebanon, CT) finished fifth in 10:50.51, ranking fourth in NEC.

In the pole vault, freshman Lauren Sudbey (Sandy Hook, CT) took seventh clearing the bar at 10'0", ranking fifth in the NEC. Sophomore Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT) finished seventh in the triple jump with a seasonal best leap of 35' 11 1/4", ranking seventh in NEC. In the 60 meter hurdles, senior Bonnie Kilis (Marlborough, CT) finished seventh in a time of 9.65 seconds, ranking ninth in the NEC. Kilis and freshman Ashley Beck (Nesconset, NY) both tied for 12th in the high jump with heights of 5'1", tying for sixth in NEC.

For the SHU men, r-freshman Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY) took first place in the 60 meter hurdles in school record breaking fashion. Rosado time of 8.19 seconds moved past teammate Bertony Jean-Louis, who didn't compete in the hurdles, into first place in the NEC rankings and the New England rankings. Rosado broke Alonzo Meek's school record for the 60 Hurdles of 8.28, which he set in December of 2006. He also qualified for the IC4A Championships, surpassing the IC4A standard of 8.25. Teammate Peter Conti (Mansfield, MA) finished second with a personal best time of 8.29 seconds. He now ranks third in the NEC behind Rosado and Jean-Louis and fourth in New England. He just missed IC4A qualifying by .04 seconds but automatically qualified for New England Championships. Senior Keith Rowe (Taunton, MA) was sixth with a time of 8.63 seconds to qualify for New England's and now ranks eighth in the NEC.

In the 60 meter dash, Jean-Louis finished second in 6.97 seconds, ranking him second among NEC runners. He qualified for IC4A Championships, his second event in addition to the 60 m hurdles. Freshman Joshua Roman (Seymour, CT) ran eighth with a time of 7.15 seconds, ranking eighth in the NEC. Jean-Louis was seventh in the 200 meter dash, clocking in at 22.59 seconds. He ranks first in NEC and missed IC4A qualifying by .10 seconds. He did automatically qualify for New England's. Roman finished 10th in the event in 22.59 seconds and ranks fourth in the league. Freshman Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT) ran in 11th in 22.62 seconds, ranking fifth in NEC. Both Roman and Lyhne also automatically qualified for New England's.

In the 5000 meters, SHU claimed three of the top-eight positions led by grad student John Kenworthy (Gloversville, NY) ran second in a time of 15:17.68, and now ranks first in NEC. In fourth freshman Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) turned in a time of 15:33.36, ranking third in NEC and is the fastest freshman time in school history. Senior Matthew Chorney (Bristol, NH) ran in eighth with a time of 15:43.66, ranking fifth in NEC. In the 3000 meters, senior Brendan Rickert (Danbury, CT) finished 10th in 9:04.55, ranking second in the NEC. Junior Daniel Koehler (Red Hook, NY) was 15th in 9:09.58, ranking fourth in the NEC.

Sophomore John Ahern (Islip Terrace, NY) ran a personal best time in the mile, clocking in at 4:32.60 for a 15th place finish and a third place ranking among NEC runners. In the 500 meters senior Jason Soule (South Portland, ME) was sixth, 1:06.40, qualifying for New England's and now ranking first in the NEC.

4x440 yard relay, SHU took third with the team of Soule, junior Scott Kasper (East Longmeadow, MA), freshman Justin McLoughlin (West Hurly, NY) and Lyhne. The foursome ran in 3:23.59, just missing IC4A qualifying by 2.49 seconds. They did quality for New England's and now rank third in the NEC. Lyhne had the fastest split at 49.6.

Junior Daniel Galanto (East Hampton, CT) finished eighth in the pole vault clearing a height of 13' 11 1/4", a personal best that ranks him fifth the in NEC. In the triple jump, Jean-Louis finished sixth with a leap of 44' 7 1/2" and continues to rank first in the NEC. Sophomore Chase Petrucci (Harvey Cedars, NJ) took seventh with a throw of 46' 3 1/4", ranking eighth in NEC.

Both teams will return to action on January 8th at the Carleton Crowell Invitational at Army and on January 9th at the 28th Annual Yale Track Classic.

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