Women’s Cross Country Wraps Up 2013 With 2nd Place Finish at ECAC Championship
BRONX, N.Y. – Senior Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, N.Y.) wrapped up her cross country career by breezing past the field at the ECAC Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park, winning the women's 5K race by 16 seconds. As a team, Sacred Heart finished second behind Pittsburgh.
Castrogivanni covered the 5K course at Van Cortlandt Park in 17:58.8, the fastest time on the course in Sacred Heart history. Her time is more impressive considering the rolling, hilly terrain of the course. She is the second Pioneer to win the individual ECAC cross country title, joining Kimberly DeLoreto who won the race in 2010. DeLoreto ran the previous program-best time of 18:01.6 that season. Castrogivanni was one of three Pioneers to earn All-East honors, which are earned by the top 25 finishers in the race. She closes out her career as the first athlete in program history, male or female, to earn All-New England, All-NEC, All-Region, and All-East honors in the same season. She's also only the second athlete to be named All-New England, All-NEC, and All-East in two seasons. Castrogivanni was third in the 2012 ECAC Championship.
Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, N.H.) also earned All-East honors on Saturday. Hutchins finished fourth in a time of 18:26.3, the sixth-fastest VCP time in program history. Over the last three years, Hutchins has improved her finish from 140th to 46th to fourth this year. Hutchins is the ninth woman in program history to be All-New England, All-NEC, and All-East in the same season. Bolduc finished 21st on Saturday to add All-East honors to her All-NEC nod this season. Her time of 18:58.2 puts her 11th in Sacred Heart's all-time VCP rankings.
Shannon Hickey (South Easton, Mass.) missed pairing her All-NEC honor with an All-East honor by six places. Hickey finished 31st in a time of 19:13.4, improving upon her 87th place finish from a year ago. Jennifer Hahne (Madison, Conn.) rounded out a strong freshman campaign with a 41st place finish Saturday in a time of 19:28.9.
Sacred Heart finished second in the team competition with 95 points, 12 behind first-place Pittsburgh. The Pioneers won the team title in 2012, and have finished in the top-five in four of the last five ECAC Championships.