GALLOWAY, NJ (March 24, 2013) – The Sacred Heart men's and women's track & field opened the 2013 outdoor season over the weekend at the Richard Stockton Invitational. The Pioneers collected six individual titles at the event.
The Pioneer men dominated the throwing events led by senior Matthew Wagner (Brookhaven, NY), John Wlasuk (Newtown, CT), Marc Troiani (Valhalla, NY). Wagner won the hammer throw, breaking his own school record with a throw of 175'3". He is top-returnee in the NEC in the event and took over the lead on the NEC performance list. Wagner came in second in the discus with a toss of 139'1", ranking him fifth among NEC leaders.
Wlasuk accomplished the opposite, winning the discus with a throw of 158'3", a throw that met the IC4A qualifying standard, and gave him the Northeast Conference lead by nearly six feet. It was the first collegiate win for Wlasuk. He finished second in the hammer throw with a distance of 174'2", meeting the IC4A standard and moving him into second behind Wagner on the NEC list.
Troiani won the shot put event, with a throw of 50'6.25", automatically qualifying for New England's and ranking him second in the NEC. He took fourth in the discus with a toss of 133'4", ranking sixth in the NEC.
On the track, SHU went one-two in the 5,000 meters with senior Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) winning the event. Connelly clocked in at 15:12.96 for the win. Freshman Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, NY) was second with a time of 15:14.29. The duo moved into first and second in the NEC rankings with their performances, despite having to deal with adverse, windy conditions. Ferguson's time is the second fastest ever by a SHU freshman, second to only Connelly (15:07.54 in 2010) who ran faster as rookie.
For the SHU women, sophomore Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, NH) won the 1,500 meters, clocking in at 4:55.17. In the 800 meters, sophomore Bridget Carey (St. James, NY) won the event with a time of 2:27.48. Freshman Cynthia Gray (Pine Bush, NY) finished third in the 800, running in 2:30.92.
In the 100 meter dash, freshman Angela Harrison (North Haledon, NJ) took home third place with a clocking of 13.51 seconds.
The 4x400 meter relay team of sophomores Sarah Bell (East Northport, NY) and Emily Isch (Tolland, CT) and Carey and Gray finished third in the event with a time of 4:14.05. Bell also finished second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.52 seconds.
In the field, freshman Adaora Nwodili (Coram, NY) had a solid weekend, finishing fourth in the shot put with a throw of 38'5" and fifth in the discus with a throw of 111'8". In the long jump, sophomore Dylan Baker (Petersham, MA) was fifth with a leap of 16'4.5". Sophomore Emily Kiss (Kenvil, NJ) was fourth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 9'0.25", tying her personal best despite windy conditions.
The Pioneers will have athletes competing at the Stanford University Invitational and the Dick Shea Open at Army this coming weekend.