LANDOVER, Md. – The Sacred Heart men's track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2014 Northeast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in first place, highlighted by event wins by Marc Troiani (Valhalla, N.Y.) and Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, N.Y.).
Sacred Heart excelled in the field early on Saturday. Troiani won the weight throw with a throw of 58'10.75", beating Stephen Mitchell of Robert Morris by seven inches. Philip Miccio (Jericho, N.Y.) was fifth in the event with a toss of 51'9.75". Daniel Pepitone (Oakhurst, N.J.) also got the Pioneers a team point in the weight throw, finishing eighth with a throw of 50'4.5". The Pioneers went 2-3 in the long jump. Gregory Hazell (Airmont, N.Y.) finished second with a jump of 22'8", as Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, N.Y.) placed third with a leap of 22'4.5". Sacred Heart earned seven team points in the high jump. Hazell finished third after clearing 6'4.75" with Jordan Dudley (Stratford, Conn.) placing eighth with a jump of 6'3.5". After three field events, Sacred Heart led the meet with 36 points, 14 ahead of second-place LIU Brooklyn.
On the track Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, N.Y.) won the 3000m in a time of 8:29.50, beating Central Connecticut State's Craig Hunt by almost two seconds. He also ran the second-fastest time in the mile preliminaries with a time of 4:32.20 to qualify for the final. Hazell also qualified for the 60m hurdle final with a preliminary time of 8.50 seconds. Ralph Gangi (Trumbull, Conn.) put himself in the 500m dash final with a time of 1:08.68.
After the first day of competition, the Pioneers have 46 points and lead LIU Brooklyn and Central Connecticut State by 24 points. Wagner and Robert Morris are tied for fourth with 17 points each.
The 2014 NEC Indoor Track and Field Championship wraps up on Sunday.