Christian Turner Breaks School Record, Men’s Track & Field Claims Five First Place Results at Wolfie Invitational

Christian Turner threw at the NCAA East Regional on Saturday. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Christian Turner threw at the NCAA East Regional on Saturday. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)


STONY BROOK, N.Y. – It was a banner day for the Sacred Heart men's track and field program as senior Christian Turner threw a school record in the shot put, leading a group of five Pioneers who claimed a first-place finish on the day at the Wolfie Invitational held on Saturday at Stony Brook University.

Turner's record-breaking throw in the shot put earned him first in the event on Saturday while Cameron Croce (hammer throw), Quaheem Dufane (100m), Jeffrey Young (110m hurdles) and Sean Mefford (long jump) all picked up victories in their respective events to highlight the day's proceedings for SHU.

  • Turner blistered the competition with his throw of 17.88m in the shot put, besting the runner-up and fellow teammate Michael Kearns' personal-best throw (16.53m) by more than a full meter
  • Turner's 17.88m throw bested the previous program record in the shot put of 17.58m
  • Croce's first place throw of 54.60m in the hammer ranks as the second-best throw in program history
  • Croce edged out Evangelos Fradelakis of Adelphi by a mere 0.14m for first place in the hammer throw on Saturday
  • SHU dominated in the 100m as the Pioneers claimed four of the top seven fastest times on the day, led by Dufane who picked up a first place finish with his time of 11.23 seconds, besting the runner-up by 0.24 seconds
  • Brandon Parker (11.70, 4th), Devon Guerrier-Heyward (11.73, T-6th) and Michael Somoza (11.73, T-6th) joined Dufane in the Top 10 with impressive results in the 100m
  • Young claimed first in the 110m hurdles as he crossed the line in 15.21 seconds, legging out the second place finisher by 0.20 seconds
  • Mefford continued what was a great day for the Pioneers in the field events as he scored a victory in the long jump with a mark of 6.87m
  • Nicholas Pelletier showed well in the 400m, posting a fourth place finish as he crossed the line with a personal-best time of 50.42 seconds
  • Ryan Corbett posted a personal-best time of 4:06.78 in the 1500m which was good enough for seventh place in the event
  • SHU's 4x100m relay squad of Somoza, Dufane, Gerrier-Heyward and Parker combined to score a runner-up finish on Saturday with a time of 42.58 seconds, just 0.04 seconds off their season-best time
  • The Pioneers had three finish inside the Top 5 of the discus throw as Kearns (41.13m, 3rd), Liam McDade (39.96m, 4th) and Andy Suarez (39.80m, 5th) all placed well in the event

The Pioneers have a busy week ahead with competition at the famed Penn Relays from Thursday-Saturday and the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday.