(photo courtesy of the Northeast Conference)
LANDOVER, Md. – The Sacred Heart women's track and field team won its first Northeast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship Sunday at Prince George's Sports and Learning Center, winning three more events on the final day of competition. Senior Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, N.Y.) was named the meet's MVP after winning the mile, 3000m, and 5000m.
Kolbi Smith (Valatie, N.Y.) got the Pioneers off to a fast start Sunday, winning the weight throw to complete a sweep of the throwing events. Her throw of 53'3.5" won the event by over a foot and qualified her for the ECAC Championships, while also giving Sacred Heart 10 team points. The Pioneers earned four points in the high jump with freshmen Nicole Bartosch (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) finishing sixth after clearing 5'1.75", and Victoria Pileggi (Melville, N.Y.) placing eighth after clearing 4'11.75".
Castrogivanni won her second event of the meet in the mile, running a time of 5:01.49. Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, N.H.) finished third in the mile with a time of 5:04.18, as Jennifer Hahne (Madison, Conn.) finished eighth in 5:10.73 to give Sacred Heart a total of 17 points in the mile. After that race, Sacred Heart had 90 points and was 25 points ahead of second place Robert Morris. The Pioneers continued to rack in the points as Katelyn Racanelli (Riverside, Conn.) finished second in the 500m dash to give Sacred Heart eight more points, finishing 0.2 seconds behind Wagner's Emily Pereira. Her time of 1:15.85 qualified her for the ECAC Championships. Sophomore Bridget Carey finished fourth in the 500m in a time of 1:18.37.
Ashia Wright (Cheshire, Conn.) got Sacred Heart four more points with a fifth-place finish in the 60m dash, running a time of 7.75 seconds. Cynthia Gray (Pine Bush, N.Y.) also got a point in the 800m, running a time of 2:23.46.
Castrogivanni helped cinch the NEC Championship by completing her domination of the distance events, winning the 5000m in a time of 16:58.83. She became the first woman to win the mile, 3000m, and 5000m at the NEC Indoor Championships. Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawcatuck, Conn.) finished second in the race with a time of 17:19.13. Bolduc was fourth in the 5000m with a time of 17:37.33, scoring in the mile, 3000m, and 5000m. She ran personal-best times in the 3000m and 5000m and just missed a personal-best time in the mile. Sacred Heart earned 23 points in the 5k, giving it 131 points for the meet and a 39-point advantage over LIU Brooklyn heading into the two relays. The Pioneers earned two points in the 4x400m relay and three in the distance medley relay to finish the meet with 136 points, besting LIU Brooklyn by 34 points.
Sacred Heart returns to the track on Feb. 23 for the USA Track & Field – New England Indoor Championships.