August 12, 2009

Women's Cross Country Tabbed Second in NEC Preseason Poll

Aug. 12, 2009

Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart women's cross country team was picked second in the Northeast Conference preseason coaches' poll, announced Wednesday by the league office. Defending champion Quinnipiac was named the preseason favorite.

Coming off a season in which Sacred Heart was ranked in the weekly U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll for the first time in program history, earning the 15th slot in the Northeast Region, veteran head coach Christian Morrison guides a squad that stands poised to clinch the Pioneers' first league title since 2005.

Back after a redshirt season last fall, the 2007 NEC Freshman of the Year Kimberly DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ) returns to action, joining four all-NEC underclassmen that helped SHU take second place overall at the 2008 championship meet by landing among the top-12. Gunning for a shot at the hardware, the sophomore duo of Mekenzie Krause (Bennington, VT) and Brittany Llobell (West Sayville, NY) are back in the fold after Krause captured sixth place with a time of 19:12 and Llobell claimed the ninth slot in 19:21 a year ago. Speed runs in the family for Dana Troy (Lebanon, CT) and Samantha Troy (Lebanon, CT), as the junior sisters finished one second apart taking 11th (19:22) and 12th (19:23), respectively, at the title event. An all-leaguer in 2007, Sarah Tencza (Succasunna, NJ) also returns for her senior campaign following a top-30 performance last season.

Monmouth and Saint Francis (PA) followed in third and fourth place, respectively. Rounding out the top five was Central Connecticut State followed by Robert Morris and Wagner, who shared sixth. Slated eighth and notching the final first-place vote was Mount St. Mary's as Bryant claimed ninth. Completing the field of 12 were Long Island, St. Francis (NY) and Fairleigh Dickinson.

The 2009 NEC Women's Cross Country Championship will held October 31 at Quinnipiac University.