W. LONG BRANCH, NJ (May 5, 2013) - The Sacred Heart men's track & field team finished in fifth place at the 2013 Northeast Conference Outdoor Championships at Monmouth this weekend with senior Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase and sophomore John Wlasuk (Newtown, CT) winning on of the meet's major awards.
Connelly won the gold in the steeplechase with a time of 9:17.02, his fastest time this season, and also came home with a fifth place finish in the 5,000 meters, posting a season-best time of 15:05.18. Wlasuk scored points for the Pioneers in the discus, hammer and shot put events over the weekend.
Wlasuk finished second on Sunday in the hammer with a throw of 177'03", his top throw this season, meeting the IC4A qualifying standard. He took fourth in the discus with a distance of 162'7", meeting the IC4A standard in that event as well. Wlasuk finished his weekend off with a seventh place finish in the shot put, unleashing a season-best toss of 52'1.00", again meeting the IC4A standard.
For his efforts, Wlasuk, a transfer student who joined the Pioneers this season, earned the NEC Most Outstanding Rookie award for the meet.
Senuior Matthew Wagner (Brookhaven, NY) finished fourth in the hammer throw registering a toss of 175'01", meeting the IC4A standard.
The Pioneers 4x100 relay team of senior Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT), freshman Daniel Graw (Nesconset, NY), sophomore Warner Cooley III (Central Islip, NY) and junior Ian Haney (Selden, NY) posted an IC4A qualifying time of 41.55 seconds to finish second in the event. The 4x400 team of Graw, Cooley III, Peterson and Lyhne took sixth with a time of 3:18.25.
Freshman Daniel Graw (Nesconset, NY), competing in his first NEC Outdoor Championship, finished seventh in the 400 meter dash. Graw clocked in at 49.50 seconds. Junior Patrick Peterson (Gloversville, NY) scored for the Pioneers in both the 1,500 and 800 meter events. Peterson took fifth in the 1,500 meters, clocking at 3:56.79. Peterson took eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.63.
On Saturday, R-Junior Marc Troiani (Valhalla, NY) finished second in the discus, with a throw of 167'01", easily erasing his previous top-throw this spring of 154'11" set at the Stony Brook Invite. Sophomore Scott Sheehan (Beverly, MA) scored in the javelin with an eighth place finish, registering a throw of 166'10". Junior Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, NY) took sixth in the long jump with a leap of 21'8.25".
The Pioneer 4x800 relay team of senior Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY), grad studentRichard Marcello (Foster, RI), sophomore Stephan McNicholas (Waldwick, NJ) and freshmanSean Ferguson (Smithtown, NY) finished sixth with a time of 7:54.18.
The Monmouth Hawks won their fifth-straight NEC Championship by racking up 173 total points to finish in front of LIU Brooklyn in second with 131 points. Robert Morris took third with 122 points, Central Connecticut was fourth with 91 points and the Pioneers fifth with 70 points on the weekend.
SHU is next in action this coming weekend with athletes competing at the New England and IC4A Championships.