BOSTON – With just under a month remaining before the Northeast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Sacred Heart track and field team traveled to Boston University on Thursday for a Quadrangular Meet. Highlighting the day was Ashia Wright breaking the SHU school record in the 200 Meter Dash. In addition, six Pioneers left Boston with gold medals and two performances, Kolbi Smith and Daniel Graw, surpassed ECAC/IC4A qualifying standards. Eleven others were better than the New England Championships standards.
Wright bested the previous mark of 25.49 set by Karlie Dean in 2009, as she crossed the line in 25.42 to place third. She beat her old personal best by .09 seconds and moved into second place in the conference with the performance. Wright is also currently the leader in the 60 Meter Dash. Teammate Angela Harrison ranks 6th and 8th respectively in the two events, after her performances this weekend. Wright, who is already qualified for the New England Championships in both the 60 and 200, surpassed both standards at the meet, while Harrison did so in the 60 and came up just .07 seconds short in the 200 after she finished in 25.97.
Smith continues her dominant season in the Shot Put with her fourth consecutive victory. Each week out, she has continued to improve on her Northeast Conference leading distance, as this week she turned in a 47'3½" inch toss. If it were not or teammate Mareena DiMilia, she would have gone home with two golds with another victory in the Weight Throw. Instead, it was DiMilia, who has already qualified for the New England Championships, who captured the Weight Throw title with a New England qualifying mark of 49'7¾". Smith's toss went 45'¾". The two now rank third and fourth in the Northeast Conference. DiMilia also medaled in the Shot Put, placing third after she recorded an effort of 39'11½", which is eighth best in conference.
Graw ran .11 seconds faster than his old personal mark, winning the 200 Meter Dash in 21.95. He continues to rank first in the NEC in the event, and after placing second with a time of 7.03 in the 60 Meter Dash, now ranks third in the conference in the 60.
Elizabeth Hutchins picked up her first career collegiate win, qualified for the New England Championships, and took over the Northeast Conference from teammate Emma Bolduc in the One Mile Run with a personal best time of 5:01.70. She also missed out on the ECAC standard by just over two seconds. Since her freshman year, Hutchins has improved about her personal best by a remarkable 39 seconds. Also in the Mile, Shannon Hickey, who ran a 5:11.78, surpassed her previous personal best time by five seconds.
For the second week in a row, Sacred Heart turned in an impressive showing in the 1,000 Meter Run, taking two of the top three spots and four of the top seven. Bolduc paced the Pioneers with a second place performance, finishing the event in 2:59.50. Teammate Jennifer Hahne crossed third just .93 seconds behind Bolduc. The two both qualified for the New England Championships with the finishes. Tara Connelly was the fifth place finisher, missing out on qualifying for the Championships by less than a second with her 3:04.16 time. Caroline Conte finished seventh.
SHU took four of the top five spots in the Pole Vault, led by Selina Sampieri's gold medal performance. Sampieri tied with teammate Sara Isaacson and a competitor from Boston U at 10'5½", but took title based on misses. The two continue to rank in a tie for fourth in the NEC. Sarah Willis and Emily Kiss rounded out the top five.
Dylan Baker had an impressive showing in the Long Jump as she was victorious by over nine inches. Her best effort of the day was 17'8¾", which continues to rank 2nd only behind teammate Nicole Bartosch for best in the conference. Victoria Pileggi missed joining her on the podium by just ¾" after she jumped 16'1¾". Baker missed out on a second medal in the Triple jump, finishing fourth. Her teammate, Lorraine Santiago, took the silver after she recorded a 35'1" mark.
Coming off of his recent ECAC Division I New England Rookie of the Week honor, Michael Kearns was on the podium once again in the Shot Put. More importantly than capturing the bronze medal, his personal best 49'3¾" toss qualifies him for the New England Championships. He also continues to rank third in the conference.
In the 1000 Meter Run, Trevor Guerrera used a career best performance, placing second in 2:28.54, to qualify for the New England Championships and overtake the lead for fastest time in the conference this season. The time also missed out on the IC4A standard by a mere.04 seconds. Teammates Bryan Reilly and Jake Tavernite, who crossed in 2:34.42 and 2:34.79 respectively, both ran personal bests in the event. Rlaph Gangi also won a silver with a his 1:06.81 time in the 500 Meter Dash.
In the 3000, Alexandra Kaeslin, who finished fifth in 10:21.67, bested her previous personal best by ten seconds and missed on out qualifying for the New England Championships by less than one second. Teammate Kelley Quinn also finished the competition with a new personal, breaking her old mark by 14 seconds as she crossed the line in 10:35.22 to finish seventh. The two now rank 5th and 8th, respectively, in the conference to bring SHU's total amount of runners in the top ten in the even to eight. Additionally, Stephanie Messier, who finished the event in 10:48.11, beat her old personal best by 23 seconds.
Other top five performances included Steven Lefebvre and David Roy in the Weight Throw, Giuseppe DeLucia in the Pole Vault, Adam King in the High Jump, Joshua Beloff in the 200 Meter Dash, Kristina Klemenz in the Weight Throw and Shot Put, Pileggi in the High Jump, Mackenzi Revano in the 60 M Hurdles, Taylor Ann D'Agostino in the 500 Meter Dash, and Harrison in the 60 Meter Dash.
Sacred Heart returns to Boston next weekend to compete in the John Thomas Terrier Invitational. The women will compete on Friday starting at 5 pm, while the men's meet is scheduled for Saturday at 9 am.
Revano twice best her old personal mark of 9.64, first in the trials with a time of 9.57 and then again in the finals finishing in 9.51. She now ranks seventh in the NEC.
Personal best by Lefebvre (34'1¼") in the weight throw by 10 inches. Ranks 6th in the NEC.
Personal best by Timoth Loehner (4:24.49) in the Mile by over 8 seconds. Ranks 4th in the NEC.
Seasonal best by DeLucia (13'11¾") in the pole vault. Ranks 5th in the NEC. Yavorka is 7th in the NEC.
Personal best by Andre Handfield in the 3000 (9:08.36) by 27 seconds. Ranks 10th in the NEC.
Seasonal best by King (6'2¾") in the high jump. Ranks 8th in the NEC.