Women's Track & Field Four Peat at NEC Championships

Women's Track & Field Four Peat at NEC Championships

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart Women's Track and Field team won the Northeast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships for the fourth consestuvite time, accumualting 126.66 points. The Pioneers earned points in all 17 events of the two-day championship, hosted at  at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.

SHU sealed its win late Saturday with 16 points in the 5,000m run, an effort spearheaded by Jennifer Hahne's silver medal performance. The Pioneers outpaced runner-up LIU Brooklyn 17 points.

 Kayla Lawrence provided a large boost for the Pioneers, scoring 15 points in spring events. The senior won the 400m dash, took fifth in the200m dash and ran for the Pioneers' 1600m relay squad.

Tara Connelly also tripled for SHU, totaling 14 points in the distance events, with points in the mile, 3,000, and 5,000m.  Veteran Pentathlete Nicole Bartosch, another key contributor to the SHU victory, scored in three different individual events, including a bronze medal in the long jump.

After winning the individual title in the pole vault at last year's outdoor championships, junior Selina Sampieri cleared captured the indoor gold on Friday.  She cleared a season-best height, 3.60m, which equaled her personal-best to earn the win. Kerstyn Ciulla also cleared a personal best,3.45m, to place sixt in the event.

Freshman Adriana Forcucci scored in her first championship appearance in the 60 meter dash, crossing the line in a personal best of 7.80 seconds during the preliminaries. In the finals, the rookie finished in 6th place, with a time of 7.84.

Another rookie making an impact on the women's title was freshman Jaqueline Thorne. Thorne qualified for both the mile and 800 meter finals after the Day 1 trials, finishing in 2nd and 8th, respectively, in the two events. She finished out the day as a leg on the 5th place 4x400.
In the 500 meters, Taylor Ann D'Agostino earned a medal after crossing the line in 1:16.66, good for 3rd place.
Last year's outdoor NEC "Thrower of the Meet", Mareena DiMilia, picked up points in the shot put after throwing a season best mark that will send her to the ECAC Championships in two weeks. The senior was 3rd in the event, and teammate Kristina Klemenz was 8th.