PRINCETON, N.J. – The Sacred Heart track and field teams competed in four different meets this weekend, spanning both coasts of the United States.
On Friday, the Pioneers had three runners compete in the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif. Elizabeth Hutchins ran a personal best of 35:32.42 in the 10,000 meters, improving upon her previous best time by more than 3:30. Her time is the second-fastest not only in Sacred Heart history, but in Northeast Conference history as well. Only Alyssa Selmquist of Sacred Heart has run a faster 10K, posting a time of 34:58.98 last season. Hutchins put herself in position to qualify for the NCAA regional, which takes the top-48 athletes in each event. She also qualified for the ECAC Championship and the New England Championship.
Brianna Castrogivanni ran a 10:41.67 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at Stanford, qualifying for the ECAC and New England championships. Her time on Friday is the fastest in the NEC by nearly 48 seconds. Sean Ferguson set a new program record in the 5,000 meters, running a time of 14:35.56. The previous record of 14:37.37 was set by Jeffrey Lusignan in 2012. He qualified for the IC4A and New England Championships, and has the top NEC time by almost 18 seconds. Emma Bolduc ran the 5,000 meters at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday, running a personal best 17:11.15. She improved upon her previous career best run by more than 26 seconds. Just as the three other Pioneer runners in California had done, Bolduc qualified for the ECAC and New England meets while setting an NEC-best time in her event.
The Pioneers also had three athletes compete in the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Friday and Saturday. Drayke Jackson won the B decathlon with 6,205 points, passing teammate Gregory Hazell who led after the first day of competition. Jackson's score is the fourth-highest in program history. Hazell finished third with 5,855 points. He was second in four events and won the 110 meter hurdles. Hazell won the long jump, high jump, and 1,500 meters, while also placing second in the 100 meters and 110 meter hurdles. Nicole Bartosch finished fourth in the B heptathlon with 4,440 points. Bartosch won the 200 meters, 800 meters, and the long jump while finishing third in three other events. Her score is the highest for a freshman in program history and fourth-highest overall.
Sacred Heart competed in the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton on Saturday. Marc Troiani, the reigning NEC Field Athlete of the Week, finished second in the shot put with a throw of 54'10". Troiani's throw was a personal best and qualified him for the IC4A and New England Championships. He was also 11th in the discus. Also in the field, Scott Sheehan was ninth in the javelin with a throw of 183'11". The men's 4x100 meter relay team of Ian Haney, Joshua Beloff, Brandon Hutchinson, and Warner Cooley finished eighth with a time of 42.75.
Kolbi Smith finished third in the shot put with a throw of 49'1.75", a personal best. It's also the second-longest outdoor shot put throw in program history. She now has the best throw in the NEC this season by five feet, and is qualified for the ECAC and New England Championships. Katelyn Racanelli won her heat of the 800 meters in a personal best time of 2:16.44, placing 17th overall. Mareena DiMilia was 14th in the shot put with a toss of 39'0.50". Kayla Lawrence was third in her heat of the 200 meters, running an even 27.00. Dylan Baker was fifth in that heat with a time of 27.26. Angela Harrison ran a 12.93 in her heat of the 100 meters to finish fourth.
The Pioneers return to the track on Saturday, April 12th at the Rider University Invitational.