FAIRFIELD, CT (April 3, 2013) - The Sacred Heart track & field team took home four Northeast Conference weekly awards on Tuesday. John Wlasuk (Newtown, CT) won the NEC Rookie and Field Athlete of the Week awards, Patrick Peterson (Gloversville, NY) was named the NEC Track Athlete of the Week and Alyssa Selmquist (North Branford, NY) was named the NEC Track Athlete of the Week on the women's side.
Peterson used his first meet of the outdoor season to put himself in prime position for a bid to the NCAA East Region Championship. Contesting the 1500m run at the Stanford University Invitational, the third-year Pioneer won his section and smashed his personal record by more than 16 seconds. Surging down the final straightaway to move from fourth place into first, Peterson crossed the finish line in 3:44.39. The time catapults Peterson to the top spot of the league leader board and sheds light on the Pioneer's record-setting potential. The NEC Outdoor Championship meet record is 3:49.39, a mark set by Ford Palmer in 2012. On a grander scale, Peterson's time ranks him eighth in all of NCAA Division I and fourth in the East Region. The top 48 entries in each region (East and West) for each individual event will earn bids to the NCAA Regional Championships.
Wlasuk is 2-for-2 when it comes to winning first place in discus competitions this spring. Improving upon his season-opening mark, the first-year Pioneer threw the implement 49.53m (162' 6") to strike gold at Army's Dick Shea Open this past weekend. Wlasuk's latest performance leads the NEC and stands more than 2.0 meters better than the qualifying standard for the IC4A Championships. His early season results also suggest the freshman thrower will contend for the NEC title in the hammer throw. On March 23, Wlasuk threw the hammer 53.10m (174' 2") while competing at the Richard Stockton Invitational. That mark still ranks the rookie second overall amongst NEC hammer throwers this season.
Selmquist opened her outdoor season by clocking the fastest 10K time the NEC has ever seen. Contesting the Stanford University Invitational, the veteran Pioneer completed the 10,000m run in 34:58.98 to demolish her old personal best (and SHU program record) by nearly 2.5 minutes. Surpassing the 35:33.47 mark that Monmouth's Jennifer Nelson produced last spring, Selmquist became the first NEC runner to come in under the 35:00 mark. The NEC leader currently ranks 16th overall in the NCAA East Region and should challenge the conference's championship meet record (36:19.44) come May. Her time is more than 30 seconds better than what was the cut-off line for qualification in the 2012 NCAA East Championships.