BOSTON, Mass. – The Sacred Heart women's cross country team showed well on Saturday in the New England Championships, placing 12th out of 22 teams at Franklin Park in the annual gathering of the top teams across the Northeast. Racing against the top competition across all NCAA Divisions in the Northeast, the Pioneers finished just one spot lower than their 11th place result last season. New Hampshire claimed the team victory in the varsity event.
- As has been the trend all season, the senior duo of Jacqueline Thorne and Olivia Weiss continued to pace the Pioneers as the pairing finished as the top two runners, respectively, on the day for SHU
- Thorne has placed first on the team in all four events in 2019, placing 44th overall out of 154 runners on Saturday, with a time of 18:58.8 in the 5k event
- Weiss was right behind Thorne, as the duo finished less than one second apart, as Weiss clocked in at 18:59.5 to earn 45th place
- Both Thorne and Weiss clocked in with the top time of their careers at New England Championship meets
- Sophomore Gaelyn Kattman was a much-improved competitor as she clocked in at 19:23.0 to finish in 65th place, a marked improvement from her time of 19:46.4 and 88th place finish in last year's New England Championship
- Senior Bianca De Lucia came within 10 seconds of setting a new personal best in a 5k event as she posted a time of 19:34.0 to place 81st overall in the event
- Rounding out the field in the varsity event for the Pioneers was first-year Kathleen Delaney (20:01.5, 99th place) and junior Gabrielle Vega (20:03.6, 102nd)
- SHU also fielded a team in the 5k sub varsity event in which the Pioneers claimed 10th place out of 15 teams
- Junior Brigit Kelly led the way for SHU with a 60th place finish out of 157 competitors as she clocked in at 20:20.0
Up next for the Pioneers is a return to the Vermont Invitational as SHU treks up to the Hard'ack Recreational Area in Saint Albans on Saturday, October 19.