Fairfield, Conn. (January 16, 2018)—The Sacred Heart University men's cross country team were awarded the fall team sportsmanship award from the Northeast Conference on Tuesday for the third consecutive year.
The Pioneers placed second at the 2017 Northeast Conference Championships, accumulating 53 points - the programs best-ever score in NEC Championship competition. The Pioneers have finished as the runner-up three consecutive seasons.
Sophomore Gilmar Barrios placed third, after missing All-Conference by a spot during his rookie season. Senior Trevor Guerrera placed fourth in the individual race. In the process, he became the first Pioneer men's cross country runner, and just the second in school history (Katie Wrinkle '04) to earn NEC All-Conference accolades in each of his four seasons with the program. Senior Andrew Handfield finished in tenth place for the Pioneers to earn All-Conference honors for the first time in his collegiate career.
Duquesne won the sportsmanship award for football. Central Connecticut took home the sportsmanship awards for women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball.
The sportsmanship awards, instituted by the school presidents in 2008, are designed to acknowledge the team in each conference sport that, in the opinion of its peers, most closely demonstrates good sportsmanship based on the NEC Principles of Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct. Voting is conducted at the conclusion of each season by each team and head coach, who rank the teams within the conference based on a set of criteria.