STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Strong performances across the board, from the sprint events to middle distance and in a host of field competitions, highlighted the Sacred Heart men's track and field team's efforts at the UAlbany Winter Classic on Friday hosted at the Ocean Breeze Complex. Sophomore Cameron Croce picked up a victory in the weight throw while first-year Matthew Zawaski (200m) and Brenden LaForest (500m) showed well in their respective events, senior Jeffrey Young was a finalist in the 60m hurdles and junior Sean Mefford was stellar in the long jump.
- Croce continues his torrid start to the 2019-20 season as he earns his second weight throw victory of the season, tossing 17.90m on Friday
- For Croce, he has placed no worse than third in the weight throw in any of his five appearances on the season while he has been first or second in four straight meets
- Zawaski turned in the 13th-fastest 200m time on the day at 22.24 seconds, nearly scoring a Top 10 result in a field of 84 competitors
- LaForest was just 0.02 seconds off his personal-best in the 500m as he timed in at 1:05.54 as he was the seventh-fastest in the event
- Young continues to excel in his senior year, advancing to the finals with a preliminary time of 8.24 seconds and later placing seventh in the finals with a time of 8.31 seconds
- Mefford was eighth out of 49 in the long jump as he posted 6.89m
- Sophomore Michael Somoza was just 0.03 seconds off his personal-best in the 60m as he clocked in at 7.12 seconds to tie for 13th in the sprint event
- Junior Nicholas Pandolfo was Top 10 in the 1000m, placing 10th overall with a time of 2:32.26 while classmate Andy Suarez was also 10th in the shot put as he threw 13.96m
The Pioneers will remain in-state for their next meet as SHU heads to the Giegengack Invitational hosted by Yale on Saturday, Feb. 15.