Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Takes 10 First Place Finishes at the Wesleyan Spring Classic Invitational

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Takes 10 First Place Finishes at the Wesleyan Spring Classic Invitational

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's track and field team opened the outdoor season at the Wesleyan Spring Classic on Saturday. The Pioneers impressed in multiple events, claiming 10 first place finishes on the day including a clean sweep of the sprint events.

  • Tanaya Wade led a dominating effort for SHU in the 100m as seven Pioneers placed in the Top 10. Among the seven Top 10 finishers for SHU, Wade placed first among a field of 25 sprinters with a time of 12.72 seconds while Adriana Forcucci (2nd, 12.88), Tara Brody (4th, 13.16), Brianna DeGennaro (6th, 13.22), Kaitlin Hefty (7th, 13.31), Antonia Hoyos (8th, 13.52) and Olivia Okoroafor (9th, 13.89) all placed Top 10
  • SHU took the top two finishing spots in the 200m as Fahra Whichard ran a personal-best time of 26.59 seconds to finish first while Jillian Kilmer was right behind in second with a time of 26.63
  • Whichard made it two-for-two on the day with her second first place finish, besting a field of 23 competitors in the 400m with a personal-best time of 1:00.27
  • The single-most dominating event on the day for SHU was the 1500m as Jacqueline Thorne headlined the Pioneer contingent that finished first through fourth in the overall standings while also claiming five of the six-fastest times in the event. Thorne clocked in at 4:58.10 for first place as she edged out teammate Olivia Weiss (4.58.10) for first with Bianca De Lucia (4:58.21) and Gaelyn Kattman (5:01.60) rounding out the top four
  • The SHU 'A' 4x100m relay team (Brody, Wade, Forcucci and Hoyos) picked up a victory with a time of 50.43 seconds while the Pioneers' 'B' team (Okoroafor, Hefty, DeGennaro and Alexa Kavarsky) were runner-ups with a time of 51.81 seconds
  • SHU continued to dominate the relay events, capturing first in the 4x400m relay as the team of Devyn King, Olivia Kneski, Julia Koenig and Kavarsky crossed the line in 4:14.54 to best a group of six teams
  • Amy Vegliante claimed first place in the pole vault as she cleared 3.55m, easily besting the second place finisher's 3.10m
  • Brianna DeGennaro shined in the long jump, going for 5.34m to best a field of 16 competitors that included runner-up Jillian Kilmer (5.21m) and fourth place finisher Antonia Hoyos (5.15m)
  • Brigit Kelly led the Pioneers with a fourth place finish in the 5000m as she clocked in at 19:23.95
  • In the throwing events, the Pioneers went 2-for-4 in claiming victories as Brianna Lavinier (12.20m) took the victory in the shot put while Madelyn Bradway (41.95m) was victorious in the discus throw
  • Samantha Curran (11.82m, shot put) and Erika Johnson (37.26m, discus throw) both showed well in their respective events, each placing second overall
  • Johnson picked up another second place finish in the hammer throw as she posted 42.09m
  • Lauren Tanner claimed a second place finish in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 36.80m

The Pioneers are back in action this weekend as the squad will split, with some competitors heading to Raleigh, North Carolina for the N.C. State Adidas Raleigh Relays from March 29-30 while the remaining contingent will compete in the Rider University 5-Way Invitational on Saturday.