W. LONG BRANCH, NJ (May 4, 2013) – The 2013 Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship got underway Saturday morning at Monmouth University with Sacred Heart senior Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) kicking off the event in conference record breaking fashion winning the 10,000 meters.
The Pioneers sit in sixth place as a team with 19 points after seven scored events. The host and defending champion Monmouth Hawks lead the field with 87 points after Saturday's events.
Selmquist broke a record that stood since 2007's title meet in winning an event she led on the NEC performance list entering the weekend. The senior clocked in with a time of 36:05.40 to break the previous record of 36:19.44, set by Taryn Gibson of Saint Francis U in 2007. Selmquist finished second at in this event at last spring's league meet.
The Pioneer 4x800 meter relay team of freshman Cynthia Gray (Pine Bush, NY), junior Catherine Westby (Islip, NY), junior Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY) and sophomore Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, NH) finished sixth with a time of 9:36.84.
In the field events, Sara Isaacson (Aberdeen, NJ) took fourth in the pole vault with her best vault of the outdoor season, clearing a height of 10'6.75". Sophomore Dylan Baker () earned points for SHU in the long jump, finishing eighth with a leap of 17'2.00".
The Pioneers head into Sunday with a trio of runners set to compete in the finals of the 100 meter dash, the 400 meter dash and the 1,500 meters.
Junior Seanne Denny (Randolph, MA) qualified for Sunday's final in the 100 meter dash by running the event in 12.35 seconds, matching her fastest time of the outdoor season.
Junior Katelyn Racanelli (Riverside, CT) will compete in the finals of the 400 meter dash on Sunday after qualifying with a time of 56.79 seconds. Bolduc made the 1,500 meter final with a Saturday qualifying time of 4:54.54.
The final day of the 2013 NEC Championship will get underway on Sunday morning at 9:45 am from Monmouth University.