LANDOVER, MD (February 9, 2013) – The Sacred Heart men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up day one of the 2013 Northeast Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Prince George Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD. The SHU women were led by junior Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY) who was the NEC Individual Champion in the 3,000 meters, helping put the Pioneers in second place after day one. The SHU men sit in third heading into Sunday's final events.
The Monmouth Hawks are the leaders on both sides after day one. The Hawk men have 28.5 points and lead Mount St. Mary's (19) in second and Sacred Heart in third (15). The Hawk women own 42.5 points after the first day and lead the Pioneers (20) and LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (20) in second.
The Sacred Heart women had three runners finish in the top-eight in the 3,000 meters to earn their 20 points on the day. Castrogivanni took the medal for the Pioneers, winning her first career NEC Individual title with an ECAC qualifying time of 9:51.20. Castrogivanni was just over five seconds faster than the rest of the NEC field.
Senior Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, NY) took home third place in the event with a time of 9:56.94, also meeting the ECAC qualifying standard with a time of 9:56.94. Senior Michelle Navarro (Piscataway, NJ) was fifth with a time of 10:14.89.
Sophomore Ashia Wright (Cheshire, CTZ) qualified for a pair of finals on Sunday. Wright will run in the 60 meter dash final on Sunday after posting a time of 7.77 seconds. Wright also qualified for the finals in the 200 meters, clocking with a time of 25.97 seconds.
Sophomore Nicolette Sands (West Hempstead, NY) will run in Sunday's 400 meter final after qualifying with a time of 59.28 seconds. In the 500 meter final, the Pioneers will have a pair of runners in the race in Katelyn Racanelli (Riverside, CT) and Bridget Carey (St. James, NY). Racanelli ran the third fastest qualifying time at 1:17.94 while Carey clocked in at 1:20.09 to get into the field.
The final day of the 2013 Championship meet will start on Sunday at 9:30 am.