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.