PRINCETON, N.J. – Elizabeth Hutchins qualified for the ECAC Championships in 5,000 Meters, her second event qualification of the spring, as select members of the Sacred Heart track and field team ran at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University on Friday night. Emma Bolduc, Shannon Hickey, Alexandra Kaeslin, and Sean Ferguson also qualified for the New England Championships in the their respective events.
Two weeks after breaking the Northeast Conference record in the 10,000 meters, Hutchins now has the fastest conference time this season in 5,000 Meters as well. The senior posted a top ten finish in a field of 67, placing ninth after finishing in 16:53.37. The time was more than twenty seconds better than teammate Bolduc's previous NEC leading time, as Sacred Heart now has the top four and five of the top six times in the conference this season.
Hickey and Kaeslin competed in the 5,000 Meters as well, each crossing under the 18 minute New England standard with seasonal bests. The two were just over five seconds apart, as Hickey ran the event in 17:48.17 and Kaeslin 17:53.52. Meghan Hutch (18:30.12), Kate Svensen (18:40.60), Molly Barker (18:47.29), and Stephanie Messier (18:51.47) all ran as well.
In losing her conference lead in the 5,000 Meters, Bolduc not only qualified for the New England's, but took over the lead in the 1,500. Her 4:37.01 finish was three seconds better than the previous NEC leader. Jennifer Hahne was just over two seconds behind the qualifying standard of 4:39, crossing in 4:41.68. Tara Connelly was right behind here with a time of 4:45.72, while Trista Leo ran the event in 4:57.63.
Ferguson's extended his Northeast Conference lead in the 5,000 meters by five seconds. His 14:33.25 finish was the 23rd fastest in the field of 81 competitors. Timothy Loehner moved into second in the league after running a 15:06.93, which was good for 54th place.
Also on Friday, freshman Trevor Guerrera ran the 800 Meters in 1:54.77, finishing 67th out of 97 runners, and improving on his third place standing in the NEC.
Other members of the track and field team will compete tomorrow in the 2nd Annual Mark Yound Yale Track & Field Invitational.