September 26, 2009

Pioneer Women Win Fairfield Invite; Men Take Second

Sept. 26, 2009

33rd Annual Father Leeber S.J. Invitational Results

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 26, 2009) - The Sacred Heart women's cross country team captured both the team and individual titles while the men finished second at the 33rd Annual Fairfield University Victor F. Leeber Invitational Saturday afternoon. Junior Kimberly DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ) won her first career individual title in leading the Pioneers to their sixth-straight win at the event.

The Pioneer women finished with all of their top-seven runners in the top-20 runners, four running in the top-10 in the win. SHU posted their 11th win in past 13 years running at the Fairfield event. The Pioneers finished with 27 total points to finish in front of the host Stags in second place with 51 total points.

"I was pleased with the way the women ran today," commented head coach Christian Morrison. "They put forth a solid team effort, and I'm excited to see what they can accomplish as we progress through the season."

DeLoreto, coming off a third place finish at last week's Quinnipiac Invitational, took home top-honors this week, winning by 29 seconds. DeLoreto clocked in at 18:31 for the win and her third career top-five finish.

"Kim took control of the race early, and ran to an easy win. She was just totally dominant. As her coach, it's gratifying to see all the hard work she's put in paying off."

Freshman Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY) turned in the first top-five finish of her young career, running in fourth overall with a time of 19:12. In just three races, the rookie runner has chalked up two-straight top-10 finishes. Senior Sarah Tencza recorded her third career top-five finish crossing the line in fifth with a time of 19:21.

Freshman Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) finished sixth over, notching her first career top-10 finish, clocking in at 19:38. Freshman Megan Papp (Niantic, CT) broke the 20:00 mark for the first-time in her career to round out our top-five in 11th place (19:57). Rounding out the SHU top-seven runners was junior Samantha Troy (Lebannon, CT) in 13th (20:01) and sophomore Brigid Paddock (Stony Brook, NY) in 16th (20:09).

On the men's side, SHU ran shorthanded on Saturday, missing junior Andrew Houghtalen (West Charlton, NY), sophomore Andrew Sullivan (Ellington, CT) and senior Brendan Rickert (Danbury, CT) falling short of their third-straight team win. The Pioners posted 60 total points behind winner Fordham with 42 points.

"The men were unable to keep their winning streak going, but we had a lot of nice efforts today. More than half the team recorded personal bests, and our freshmen group is coming along nicely. We are really looking forward to the New England Championship in two weeks."

Graduate student Luis German (Southampton, NY) was the Pioneer's top runner earing his second career top-five finish. German finished in fifth to lead four runners in the top-15, crossing the line in 25:47. Sophomore Richard Marcello (Foster, RI) notched his second career top-10 finish with an eighth place finish in 25:50.

Sophomore Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT) and senior Ryan Murdoch (Salem, CT) ran back-to-back in 13th and 14th place, respectively, clocking in at 25:59 and 26:00. Rounding out SHU's top-seven finishers was freshman James Gladysz (Wading River, NY) in 20th (26:18), freshman Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) in 21st (26:22) and junior Daniel Koehler (Red Hook, NY) in 26th (26:35). For SHU, Marcello, Lusignan, Murdoch, Gladysz, Connelly, and Koehler all recorded personal bests. Rookies Gladysz and Connelly moved to the number one and two spots on the Sacred Heart all-time freshmen list with their times.

Both Pioneers teams will be off next weekend and return to action on Saturday, October 10th at the New England Championships in Boston, MA at Franklin Park.

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