Jacqueline Thorne Makes History, Leading Women’s Track & Field at New England Championships

Jacqueline Thorne Makes History, Leading Women’s Track & Field at New England Championships

BOSTON, Mass. / EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The Sacred Heart women's track and field team fielded competitors at the New England Championships on Friday and Saturday as well as the DeSchriver Invitational on Saturday. Among the Pioneers to earn All-New England honors included the Pioneers' 4x800m relay (third place), distance medley relay (third place) and 4x400m relay team (eighth place) and first-year phenom Kaylee Stenderowicz (fifth place in the triple jump).

Jacqueline Thorne made history over the weekend, becoming the first Pioneer in program history to earn All-New England honors on all three relays in the same New England Indoor Championship meet. In 2004, Sarah Tasber accomplished this feat for SHU running a leg on the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams in the Outdoor New England Championship. Thorne becomes the first-ever Pioneer (male or female) to win earn All-New England honors competing in three relay events in the indoor championship meet.

  • An incredible effort was turned in by SHU 4x800m relay group of Bianca De LuciaThorneKaylin Ciesluk and Olivia Weiss as the four combined to cross the line in 9:13.54, trailing only UConn and Rhode Island. Thorne had the fastest leg of 2:16.7. The team's total time was a new indoor school record for the 4x800m and an ECAC Championship qualifying time. The old record of 9:17.24 was set in the 2015 ECAC Indoor Championships by a team consisting of Cynthia Gray, Tara Connelly, Jennifer Hahne and Caroline Conte.
  • The combination of Thorne, De Lucia and Weiss teamed up again in the DMR as they combined with Devyn King to pick up another third place result and an All-New England performance with a time of 12:05.10 in a field that included 15 teams, placing third behind only UConn and New Hampshire. Weiss ran the 1600m anchor leg in a very fast time of 5:00.6 while the quartet surpassed the ECAC qualifying standard for the event.
  • The 4x400m Pioneer relay squad of Tara BrodyDevyn King, Lauren Santiago and Thorne as the team combined to clock in at 3:58.11 to place eighth out of 21 teams at New England's. Santiago had the fastest leg at 58.3 seconds while Thorne doubled right back from the 4x800m relay with about 20 minutes rest and ran the second-fastest leg of 58.7 seconds. Thorne held off a late charge from Bryant's anchor leg Emily Cluck (last week's NEC Track Athlete of the Week) in the final straightaway of the heat.
  • Stenderowicz continues to excel in her signature event as she recorded a season-best mark of 11.74m (38' 6.25") which earned her fifth place in an impressive field of 24 competitors
  • Reigning NEC Rookie of the Week Santiago came one spot away from qualifying for the finals of the 400m as she was ninth-fastest in preliminaries with a time of 58.31 seconds
  • Brianna Lavinier came close to placing in the shot put as she put up the 10th-best mark after throwing 12.69m at New Englands in a field of 23
  • Grace Glennon continues to improve in her sophomore season as she landed a personal-best 3.40m (11' 1.75") in the pole vault to finish 16th out of 22
  • Gaelyn Kattman scorched her previous personal-best time in the 3000m as she posted 10:26.38 at New Englands, nearly 13 seconds fastest than her previous career-best of 10:39.20 posted at the 2019 NEC Indoor Championships
  • Natalie DuBois won her first career event, taking first place in the 1000m at the DeSchriver Invitational as she clocked in at 3:15.44 to top a field of 10 distance runners
  • Isabella Zagami also claimed her first victory as she won the long jump with a mark of 5.10m which is also a personal-best for the first-year
  • Nicole Szilagyi was sensational in the 55m hurdles as she claimed a runner-up finish with a time of 8.95 seconds
  • Antonia Hoyos took third place with a mark of 10.60m in the triple jump
  • Madelyn Bradway also took third place out of a field of 23, throwing 14.15m in the weight throw
  • Danielle Mannino (5:41.78; 4th place) and Anna Pirkl (5:43.62; 5th) both were Top 5 finishers in the mile at DeSchriver
  • Olivia Okoroafor shined at the DeSchriver Invitational with a personal-best time of 7.85 seconds in the 55m dash that earned her 11th place out of 28 sprinters

The Pioneers continue the indoor season on Friday with an appearance at the UAlbany Winter Invitational held at the Ocean Breeze Center in Staten Island.