Feb. 28, 2010
The Sacred Heart men's and women's track & field teams competed at the 2010 New England Indoor Championships over the weekend at Boston University. The Pioneer men finished 17th overall in 33 team field while the women took 23rd in a field of 34 teams. The Pioneers had 12 athletes earn All-New England honors at the event.
Senior Keith Rowe (Taunton, MA) and junior Daniel Galanto (East Hampton, CT) both scored in the men's heptathlon, finishing fifth and sixth to garner All-New England honors. Rowe totaled 4,527 points, winning the 55-meter hurdle and pole vault events. Rowe ran the hurdles in 8.07 seconds and cleared the bar at a height of 14'5.25" (4.40m) to win the pole vault. He finished second in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.90 seconds. Galanto finished second in the pole vault with a height of 14'1.25" (4.30m) and in the 1,000 meters running in 2:46.22.
Sophomore Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) scored in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing third for All-New England honors with a time of 7.49 seconds. Jean-Louis broke his own school record of 7.50 in Friday's preliminaries, and then tied his new record of 7.49 in the finals and Saturday. Junior Peter Conti (Mansfield, CT) also garnered All-New England honors in the event with a sixth place finish clocking in at 7.61 seconds, eclipsing his previous personal best of 7.75. Both Jean-Louis and Conti topped the IC4A standard of 7.75 seconds. Grad student John Kenworthy (Gloversville, NJ) finished eighth in the 3,000 meter run, finishing in a time of 8:27.68 for All-New England status.
For the women, the 4x800 Meter Relay team of freshman Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY), freshman Erin O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, NY), sophomore Brigid Paddock (Stony Brook, NY) and senior Sarah Tencza (Succasunna, NJ) finished fifth in the event with a time of 9:19.26, earning All-New England honors. The foursome set a new indoor school record, breaking the record of 9:24.67, which was set earlier this season. They also topped the ECAC qualifying standard of 9:25.24.
Sophomore Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT) also garnered All-New England honors finishing seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 37'10.75" (11.55m). Matakevich broke one of Sacred Heart's longest standing indoor school records in the triple jump with a personal best jump. Our old record of 37' 6 3'4" was set by fellow Stratford native, Michele Shawah, in February of 2001. Shawah won the triple jump in the 2000 Indoor Northeast Conference Championships to become the first individual NEC champion, in any sport, in school history.
Sophomore Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 42'9.50" (13.04m) for All-New England status. Freshman Lauren Sudbey (Sandy Hook, CT) took eighth in the pole vault clearing the bar at 10'11.75" (3.35m) for All-New England status.
Both teams will compete at the IC4A and ECAC Championships next weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA.