CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – Marc Troiani and Philip Miccio each won an event and had another top-five showing Saturday at the 2014 Northeast Conference Men's Track and Field Championship, held at the RMU Island Sports Center. The Sacred Heart men's track and field team is in first place after the first day of competition.
Troiani won the shot put with a throw of 55'5", which qualified him for the upcoming IC4A Championships. Miccio placed fourth in the shot put at 50'4", giving Sacred Heart 15 points in the event. The Pioneers then took 22 points in the hammer throw, finishing first, second, and fifth. Miccio took the top spot with a throw of 169'1", two feet farther than Daniel Pepitone who finished second. Troiani took fifth place with a toss of 160'9". In the pole vault, Scott Polis cleared 14'1.25" to place third in the event. Giuseppe DeLucia finished eighth by clearing 13'5.25". Brandon Hutchinson finished third in the long jump with a leap of 22'10.5".
The Pioners earned four points on the track Saturday as the 4x800 relay team of Andrew Stranieri, Cameron Swift, Ralph Gangi, and Robert Challenor finished fifth in 8:02.92. Four Pioneer runners qualified for Sunday's finals. Daniel Graw qualified sixth for the 100 meter final in a time of 10.84 seconds. Warner Cooley had the eighth-fastest time in the 200 meter preliminaries in 21.99 seconds. Gregory Hazell qualified sixth in the 110 meter hurdles in 15.40 seconds, with Drayke Jackson eighth in 15.51 seconds.
Sacred Heart has 54 points in the meet, leading Wagner by 18 points. Robert Morris is third with 34 points, followed by Central Connecticut and Saint Francis U.
The NEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships conclude on Sunday.