December 14, 2011

Jean-Louis, Hazell, Matakevich, and Wright All Earn NEC Weekly Track & Field Awards

(Fairfield, CT) – The Sacred Heart University Track & Field teams claimed four of this week's Northeast Conference awards for the Pioneers' showing at the Harvard University Open, announced by the NEC December 13.

Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) was named NEC Men's Track Athlete of the Week for his first-place finish and 7.92 second time in the 60-neter hurdles.  The event's reigning champion now ranks sixth overall in the NCAA and qualified for the IC4A Championships with a time 0.06 seconds faster than his record-setting time at last season's 2011 NEC Indoor Championships.

Gregory Hazell (Airmont, NY) earned the NEC Men's Rookie of the Week award for the second straight week for his 6.52m (21' 4.75") leap in the long jump.  The rookie now ranks in the NEC Top 3 in two events after claiming second amongst NEC triple jumpers the previous week at the CTC Relays at Yale University.  Hazell also ran the anchor leg of the Pioneers' first-place 4x440 yard relay team, helping the team to a NEC-second place time of 3:23.42 in metric terms.

Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT) earned the NEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week with a record-setting day in both the triple jump and the long jump.  The senior captain broke her own school records with a long jump of 19' ¾ and a triple jump of 39" 4 ½", breaking the mark twice in the long jump and four times in the triple jump to qualify for the ECAC's in both events.  Matakevich now currently leads the NEC in both events.  She ranks first in New England and fifth in the ECAC for Long Jump, while ranking second in New England and seventh in the ECAC in Triple Jump.

Ashia Wright (Cheshire, CT) beat a field of 80 in sprints with a time of 7.78s for a second consecutive victory in the 60-meter dash.  Although her time missed the qualifying standard for the ECAC Championships by a mere 0.10 second, it is good enough to rank second on the NEC leader board and third in all of New England.  Wright also finished fourth out of 105 athletes in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.28s, the third-fastest FAT on the NEC performance list.

Two weeks into the season, Pioneer Track & Field now lays claims to seven of the first 12 awards given out by the NEC.