Feb. 21, 2010
LANDOVER, Md. (February 21, 2010) - The Sacred Heart men's and women's track & field teams both finished in third place at the 2010 Northeast Conference Indoor Championships presented by Road Runner Sports. The Pioneers collected five individual NEC titles at the event. The men finished with 82 total points while the women posted a team score of 89 points.
The Long Island Blackbirds won both team titles with the Monmouth Hawks finishing second. On the men's side, LIU posted 147 points with Monmouth in second at 128 points. For the women, LIU posted 149 total points with the Hawks in second with 130.50 points.
Sacred Heart graduate student John Kenworthy (Gloversville, NY) took home two individual NEC titles over the weekend, winning the 3,000 and 5,000 meter races. Kenworthy brought home the 3,000 meter title on Saturday, winning with a time of 8:35.19. He posted a victory in Sunday's 5,000 meters with a time of 15:10.13, breaking his own school record.
Sophomore Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) won the 60-meter hurdles in record breaking fashio, clocking in at 8.02 seconds. The mark broke his own school record and the Northeast Conference record of 8.10 seconds set by Mount St. Mary's sprinter Devin Berry at the 2006 NEC Championship. The Pioneers also claimed second, fourth and sixth in the event. Junior Peter Conti (Mansfield, MA) finished second to teammate Jean-Louis with a time of 8.35 seconds. Senior Jason Soule (South Portland, ME) was fourth in 8.43 seconds and fellow senior Keith Rowe (Tauton, MA) was sixth in 8.45 seconds.
Jean-Louis also scored points in the 60-meter dash, finishing fifth in a time of 7.06 seconds. He took eighth in the 200-meters, clocking in at 22.74.
The Pioneer Distance Medley relay team took home medalist honors as the team of sophomore John Ahern (Islip Terrace, NY), freshman Justin McLoughlin (West Hurley, NY), sophomore Taylor Dressman (Brooklyn, NY) and sophomore Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT) just edged out the teams from St. Francis (NY) and Long Island. The Pioneers crossed the tape in 10:20.37 (10:20.365) to the Terriers in second (10:20.368) and Blackbirds in third (10:20.88).
In the mile, senior Matthew Chorney (Bristol, NH) finished in fifth place, posting a time of 4:22.97. In the 4x400 meter relay, the Sacred Heart team of freshman Joshua Roman (Seymour, CT), freshman Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY), junior Daniel Galanto (East Hampton, CT) and Soule finished fifth overall with a time of 3:24.24. In the pole vault, Rowe finished fifth overall clearing the height of 14'7.25" (4.45m). Sophomore Nicholas Phillips (Portland, ME) finished seventh in the high jump clearing the bar at 6'3.25" (1.91m). Freshman Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT) finished eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.87 seconds. Freshman Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) took home fifth place in the 3,000 meters, running in 8:45.09.
For the Pioneer women, senior Brittany Dexter (Ballston Lake, NY) became a four-time NEC Champion in the high jump, winning the individual title during the final day of competition on Sunday.
For Dexter, she once again successfully defended her high jump title, an event she holds the Northeast Conference record in. Dexter bested the field with a height of 5'7.75" (1.72m), eclipsing ECAC Championship qualifying standards. Dexter is now a four-time champion in the event and set the conference record at last season's championship (5'9.25" - 1.76m).
Sophomore Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) came in second in both the shot put and weight throw events. Smith was second in the shot with an ECAC qualifier throw of 44'4.00" (13.51m). She also met the ECAC Championship standard in the weight throw with a toss of 56'5.75" (17.21m) for second place. Also scoring in the event was sophomore Chantaul Smith (New Britain, CT) who took sixth with a throw of 49'9.25" (15.17m).
Junior Kimberly DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ) picked up a pair of esecond place finishes in the mile and 5,000 meters and a third place finish in the 3,000 meter event. DeLoreto ran 5:06.17 in the mile and clocked in at 17:35.17 in the 5,000 meters . She posted a time of 10:04.80 in the 3,000 meters. Also scoring in the 5,000 meters was sophomore Brittany Llobell (West Sayville, NY) who ran in fifth with a time of 18:34.13. In the 800 meters, senior Sarah Tencza (Succasunna, NJ) placed second in the event with a time of 2:19.19.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the SHU team of junior Stephanie Kanner (Coram, NY), freshman Julianne Cappadona (North Attleboro, MA), freshman Molly Hurkett (Woburn, MA) and Tencza came home in fourth place, running in 4:07.69. The team of freshman Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY), sophomore Amber Edwards (Hamden, CT), Tencza and freshman Brigid Paddock (Stony Brook, NY) placed sixth in the Distance Medley, clocking in at 12:42.38.
In Saturday's pole vault, SHU took second and third in the event. Senior Kerry Ojeda (Coram, NY) finished second with a height of 11'3.75" (3.45m) and freshman Lauren Sudbey (Sandy Hook, CT) was right behind her (11'3.75" - 3.45m). In the long jump, sophomore Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT) was eighth with a leap of 17'2.00" (5.23m). Civardi also placed in the mile, recording a sixth place finish with a time of 5:11.00.
Next up for both Pioneer teams is the New England Championships on February 26th and 27th at Boston Univeristy.