EMMITSBURG, Md.— The Sacred Heart University women's outdoor track & field team claimed its fourth straight Northeast Conference Women's Track and Field Outdoor Championship title on Sunday. The Pioneers held on to the team title for the fourth straight season with 136.5 points, eight and a half points ahead of second place CCSU.
Senior Kate Svensen was named Most Outstanding Distance Performer for the second time this year after earning the honor at the NEC Indoor Championships back on February 17. SHU opened the final day of competition with a big 17 points in the hammer throw event with Jenna Rothermel recording the event win with a throw of 169'1 feet followed by Kristina Klemenz in fourth and Erika Johnson in seventh. The Pioneers then picked up 23 points in the steeplechase with four runners in the top eight led by Tara Connelly and Lindsey Lucas finishing first and second.
The 5,000-meter event helped keep the Pioneers points lead up late as Svensen and Lucas finished second and third in the event to earn 15 points. A fourth-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay helped SHU separate from the Blue Devils to claim the team title.
- Rothermel recorded the event win with an ECAC qualifying mark of 169'1".
- Klemenz picked up the fourth best throw at 155'0".
- Johnson earned two points in seventh with a toss of 143'3".
- SHU earned 23 points with four finishers in the top eight.
- Connelly crossed the finish line first with a time of 10:46.20 just ahead of classmate Lucas who finished runner-up at 10:47.30.
- Antonia Palazzolo and Brigit Kelly finished sixth and seventh respectively with times of 11:50.94 and 11:51.24.
- The Pioneers group of Adriana Forcucci, Abigail Johnson, Camille McKenzie and Tanaya Wade finished eighth in the event.
1,500 Meter Run
- Jaqueline Thorne picked up six points for the Pioneers with her third-place time of 4:40.55.
- Jillian Kilmer recorded a point for SHU with her eighth-place time of 15.63.
- Wade recorded a time of 12.64 to give the Pioneers another point.
- Hannah Chamblin gave the Pioneers eight points with her time of 2:13.35 in the 800-meter event.
- Caroline Conte gave SHU nine total points in the event with her eighth-place time of 2:27.47.
- Camille McKenzie recorded a time of 1:05.12 to finish sixth in the event.
- Selina Sampieri finished sixth in the event, clearing 11'9.75".
- Amy Vegliante tied for eighth place at 11'3.75" to split the point.
- Pioneers claimed 15 points in the event as Svensen and Lucas finished second and third. Svensen clocked in at 17:21.06 while Lucas finished at 17:24.21.
- In the final race of the day the group of McKenzie, Devyn King, Thorne and Chamblin crossed the finish line with a time of 3:57.37 to finish fourth.