Women’s Track Takes Second Place At NEC Outdoor Championships

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – The Sacred Heart women's track and field team finished the 2014 Northeast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday where it left off Saturday, taking second place at the RMU Island Sports Center. The Pioneers finished 2.5 points behind LIU Brooklyn for the team title.

Brianna Castrogivanni won two races for Sacred Heart on Sunday. The senior opened the day by defending her title in the 3000 meter steeplechase, winning the race for the second straight year. Her time of 10:57.48 won her the race by over 13 seconds. Stephanie Messier was eighth in the steeplechase with a time of 12:28.75. Castrogivanni then won the 5000 meters by over 14 seconds, with her time of 17:14.27 qualifying her for the ECAC Championships.

Emma Bolduc took third place in the 1500 meters, running a time of 4:39.48. Jennifer Hahne was seventh in the race in 4:42.63. The Pioneers also had two runners score in the 400 meters. Katelyn Racanelli ran a 57.07 to finish fourth with Kayla Lawrence placing eighth in 58.85 seconds. Those two, along with Shay Cronin and Nicole Bartosch, guided the 4x400 meter relay to a third-place finish in an ECAC-qualifying time of 3:51.58. The 4x100 meter relay team of Angela Harrison, Ashia Wright, Dylan Baker, and Lawrence placed seventh in a time of 48.82 seconds. Wright also finished eighth in the 100 meters in a time of 12.28 seconds.

Sacred Heart took three of the top-five places in the pole vault. Sara Isaacson took third by clearing 10'8", while Emily Kiss and Sarah Wallis both tied for fourth by clearing 10'2". Freshman Mareena DiMilia placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 133'1".

The Pioneers were within 13 points of LIU Brooklyn with two events to go in the meet Sunday, but the Blackbirds won the 4x400 relay to sew up the team title with 134.5 points. Sacred Heart's 132 points put the Pioneers half of a point ahead of Robert Morris, who finished third. Mount St. Mary's and Saint Francis U rounded out the top five.

Sacred Heart is back in action on May 8 for the first day of the New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass.