SHU's Peterson Claims New England Title in the Mile
BOSTON, MA (February 23, 2013) – The Sacred Heart men's track and field team finished 11th at the 2013 New England Championship at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center over the weekend. SHU junior Patrick Peterson (Gloversville, NY) followed up his win in the 800 meters at the Northeast Conference Championship by also winning the title at the New England race. Peterson, along with senior Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) who won New England title in the 5,000 meters for the women, represent the 32nd and 33rd individual New England Champions in SHU program history and the first in the mile or 5,000 meters.
The Pioneers had three All-New England performances on the day led by Peterson's win. SHU finished with 18 points as a team. UConn took home the team title with a total of 164.50 points.
Peterson ran his fastest time of the season clocking in at 4:06.74, just beating out Coby Horowitz of Bowdoin who finished with a time of 4:06.85. Peterson's Mile time was a personal best and school record, breaking the previous record of 4:08.11, which was set by Jeffrey Lusignan in 2012.
In the field events, sophomore Gregory Hazell (Airmont, NY) earned All-New England honors in the triple jump with a third place finish. Hazell recorded a leap of 47'11.75", a season-best distance. Hazell's mark was a new personal best and new school record, breaking the old record he set in the NEC Championships two weeks ago of (14.56 meters/47' 9 ¼").
R-Junior Marc Troiani (Valhalla, NY) took seventh in the shot put for All-New England honors. He had a throw of 52'2.50", a season best toss.
Freshman Daniel Graw (Nesconset, NY) ran a personal best of 22.17 in the 200 meter trials, to qualify him for the IC4A Championships this coming weekend, surpassing the standard of 22.24 seconds.
The Pioneers are back in action next weekend competing at the IC4A Championships back in Boston.