Pioneers in Second Place After Day One Of NEC Women’s Track & Field Championships

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – The Sacred Heart women's track and field team had four top-three finishes on the first day of the 2014 Northeast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at the RMU Island Sports Center. The Pioneers are in second place in the team competition with 57 points, two points behind Robert Morris. Bryant is third with 22 points.

Sacred Heart opened the day by taking four of the top eight places in the 10,000 meters. Elizabeth Hutchins finished second in a time of 36:41.49, followed by Molly Barker in fifth (38:47.92), Meghan Hutch in sixth (38:59.45), and Shannon Hickey in eighth place (39:20.72). The Pioneers earned 16 points towards the team competition with that showing. Sacred Heart also earned eight more points with a second-place finish in the 4x800 meter relay, as Jennifer Hahne, Brianna Castrogivanni, Katelyn Racanelli, and Emma Bolduc combined for a time of 9:15.71 to qualify for the upcoming ECAC Championships.

The Pioneers had a strong showing in Saturday's field events. Kolbi Smith placed second in the hammer throw with a heave of 170'5". Mareena DiMilia had a throw of 161'7" in the hammer throw to finish fourth, as the duo of Smith and DiMilia got Sacred Heart 12 more team points. Later in the day, Smith won the shot put with a throw of 46'0.50". She also won the shot put at the NEC Indoor Championships earlier this year. Nicole Bartosch earned 10 points with a third place finish in the long jump (17'9.75") and a fifth-place showing in the high jump (5'3").

Sacred Heart also had five runners qualify for Sunday's finals of the 1500 meters, 400 meters, and 100 meters. Emma Bolduc (4:55.93) and Jennifer Hahne (4:56.85) qualified ninth and 10th respectively in the 1500 meters. Katelyn Racanelli had the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the 400 meters at 57.70 seconds, as Kayla Lawrence took the eighth and final spot in Sunday's final at 58.69 seconds. Ashia Wright qualified eighth in the 100 meters in 12.43 seconds.

The NEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships conclude on Sunday.