(New Haven, CT) - The Sacred Heart University Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams opened their indoor seasons at Yale University on Sunday the same way they have for the past 14 years: That is, both teams brought home the team title in the annual Collegiate Track Conference (CTC) Indoor Relay Carnival. In actuality, the women won their 15th consecutive team title in the relay meet, while the men recorded their 14th consecutive CTC Relay victory.
Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Wins CTC Indoor Relay Carnival
With the top five relay teams in all events scoring points on a 6-4-3-2-1 basis, both Pioneer teams topped a field of 13 other schools to secure their wins. The women racked up 79 points to outdistance their nearest rival by 38 points, while the men overcame the runner-up team by a score of 63-26. Both teams scored in all 15 relay events, with the women winning 10 relays and the men seven.
The team performances were fueled by an abundance of stellar individual performances. The day's bounty included 4 ECAC or IC4A qualifying performances, 13 New England qualifying performances and two school records by senior captain Ashley Matakevich.
While relay meets of this nature are a fairly common occurrence at the high school level, they are nearly extinct at the intercollegiate level. "The CTC Relays are unique," stated Head Coach Christian Morrison. "We love opening our season with this meet. "It's fun, exciting, and the relays are great introduction to college track and field for our freshman," Morrison continued. "We have more competitive meets on our schedule, but it's pretty hard to do anything for 14 or 15 years in-a-row, so we're very pleased with the victories."
Summary of Top Relay Performances
1st Place: Women's Weight Throw Relay – Athalia Smith (55' 9") and Chantaul Smith (52' 8"). The senior twin sisters both surpassed the ECAC qualifying standard of 52' 6", while individually placing 1st and 3rd. Additionally, sophomore Kolbi Smith placed 5th with a New England Championship qualifying throw of 51' 3".
1st Place: Women's 5000 Meter Relay – Brittney Lane (17:31.67) and Michelle Navarro (18:37.74). Lane, Navarro and Brianna Castrogivanni (18:41.86) placed 1-2-3 individually in a 17-athlete field. Lane opened up her sophomore campaign by recording a new personal best and an ECAC Championship qualifying performance. Her time topped the ECAC qualifying standard of 17:33.64.
1st Place: Men's 60 Meter Hurdle Relay – Jeremy Rosado (8.22) and Drayke Jackson (8.79). Rosado placed 1st individually and qualified for the IC4A Championship with his performance. The redshirt junior snuck just under the IC4A standard of 8.25 seconds.
1st Place: Women's Long Jump Relay – Ashley Matakevich (18' 5 ¼") and Joselyn Henry (16' 8 ¾"). Matakevich and Henry placed 1st and 3rd individually, and Matakevich broke her own indoor school record of 18' 4". Matakevich also mastered the automatic New England qualifying standard of 17' 8 ½", while just missing the ECAC standard of 18' 8 ¼".
1st Place: Women's Triple Jump Relay – Ashley Matakevich (38' ¾") and Joselyn Henry (33' 6 ½"). Matakevich placed 1st individually again and leapt to her second indoor school record of the day. She beat her own record of 37' 10 ¼", while topping the New England qualifying standard of 36' 7".
1st Place: Men's High Jump Relay – Drayke Jackson (6' 7 ½") and Cory Lutkus (6' ½"). Jackson was also the individual winner. His personal best performance beat the New England standard of 6' 6 ½" and just missed the IC4A standard of 6' 8 ¼".
1st Place: Women's 60 Meter Dash Relay – Ashia Wright (7.75) and Julianne Cappadona (8.28). Wright placed 1st individually in a field of 25 athletes, to record her first collegiate win. The freshman easily beat the New England qualifying standard of 7.97 seconds, and narrowly missed the ECAC standard of 7.68 seconds.
1st Place: Women's Shot Put Relay – Lindsay Aponte (43' ½") and Chantaul Smith (39' 3 ¼"). Aponte and Smith place 1st and 3rd individually, and Aponte easily beat the New England qualifying standard of 41' ¼".
1st Place: Men's Shot Put Relay – Chase Petrucci (48' 11 ½") and Phillip Miccio (46' 1 ½"). Petrucci was also the individual victor in a field of 27, along with bypassing the New England qualifying standard of 48' 8."
1st Place: Men's 5000 Meter Relay – Jeffrey Lusignan (15:10.35) and Richard Marcello (16:00.65). Lusignan was also the individual winner, defeating a field of 16 other runners.
1st Place: Women's Distance Medley Relay (12:49.36) – Emma Bolduc, Alexandra Smith, Brigid Paddock, and Brittany Llobell. Llobell ran the 1600 meter anchor leg in a split of 5:22.8.
1st Place: Men's Distance Medley Relay (10:36.35) – Patrick Peterson, Colby Jennings, John Ahern, and Andrew Houghtalen. Houghtalen ran the 1600 meter anchor leg in a split of 4:22.9.
1st Place: Women's 4 x 1600 Meter Relay (22:24.69) – Stephanie Messier, Alyssa Selmquist, Teresa Gagliostro, and Elizabeth Hutchins. Selmquist recorded the fastest split with a clocking of 5:24.6.
1st Place: Men's 4 x 1600 Meter Relay (18:35.11) – Ryan Bezner, Stephen McNicholas, Jeffrey Benesch, and Aleksandr Morin. Morin brought the team from behind for the win with a 4:28.8 anchor leg.
1st Place: Women's Sprint Medley Relay (4:21.12) – Karlie Dean, Shay Cronin, Emily Isch, and Brittany Llobell. Llobell ran the 800 meter anchor leg in 2:23.1.
1st Place: Men's 4 x 800 Meter Relay (8:06.65) – Jeffrey Lusignan, Ryan Bezner, Aleksandr Morin, and Andrew Houghtalen. Lusignan ran the lead-off leg in 1:59.7, and Houghtalen anchored in 1:58.9.
1st Place Tie: Women's High Jump Relay – Sarah Wallis (4' 11") and Chelsey Parks (4' 9").
2nd Place: Women's 60 Meter Hurdles Relay – Sarah Bell (9.36) and Lauren Pettinelli (10.19). Bell place 2nd individually and cleared the New England qualifying standard of 9.46 seconds.
4th Place: Men's Triple Jump Relay – Gregory Hazell (46' ¾"). Hazell's relay teammates both fouled each of their jumps. Not only was Hazell's mark good for a 4th place relay finish with no partner mark, but he was also the individual victor, recording his first collegiate win. Additionally, Hazell beat the New England qualifying standard of 45' 5".