NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Kolbi Smith won the women's Shot Put put for the second consecutive event and nearly made it a double in the Weight Throw, placing second at the 33rd Annual Yale Collegiate Classic on Saturday. In total, nine Pioneers finished with top five performances on the day, with six of those nine surpassing the qualifying standards for the New England Championships
Smith, who qualified for both the New England and ECAC Championships with her win in the last event before the winter break, began 2015 with a 46'10¼" throw to seal her second straight gold in the Shot Put. The throw beat the second place finisher by 13 inches and extended her Northeast Conference best by over eight inches. She missed out on a second gold in the Weight Throw by 2'10¼" with a final toss of 53'1", but with the effort, surpassed the standard for both the New England and ECAC championships. Teammate Mareena DiMilia just missed out in joining Smith on the podium by 6¼", placing fourth with a throw of 51'11".
Sacred Heart had three runners place in the top five of the women's 3000 Meter run. Emma Bolduc paced the Pioneers with a second place finish, as her time of 10:04.93 was just over four seconds off the pace of the race winner. Elizabeth Hutchins was next to finish, crossing the line in 10:13.6 to place third. Rounding out the top five was Jennifer Hahne with a time of 10:20.22. Bolduc and Hahne join Hutchins, who qualified in the last competition, in qualifying for the New England Championships
A pair of Pioneers also placed in the top five in the long jump. Nicole Bartosch and Dylan Baker placed second and fourth respectively. Bartosch's jump of 17'11¾" was four and half inches from taking home the gold and qualified her for the New England Championships. Baker missed out on the podium by 4¼" with her 17'5¼" jump.
Selina Sampieri reached the podium in the pole vault with a final measurement of 10'4". She tied for the second highest effort but placed third due to misses.
On the men's side, Osedebamen Imeokparia qualified for the New England Championships with a qualifying time of 7.08 in the 60 Meter Dash. Gregory Hazell produced a pair of fourth place finishes in both the high jump and long jump. His 6'2¼" effort in the high jump was just two inches shy of reaching the podium, while his mark of 21'4¾" in the long jump was 3¼ inches shy.
The Track and Field Team will compete again next at the Harvard University Multi-Events held at the Gordon Track in Boston on Friday.