May 8, 2010
The Sacred Heart men's and women's track and field teams competed at the 2010 New England Championships on Friday and Saturday at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pioneers women finished ninth overall in the 39 team field with 35 points while the men were 25th among 39 teams with 11 points.
Freshman Ashley Beck (Nesconset, NY) , competing in her first New England Championship, finished fifth in the heptathlon totaling 3,327 points over seven events. Beck won the 200 meter dash clocking in at 27.72 seconds and also finished second in the high jump with a height of 4'11.50".
In the long jump, Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT) earned the Pioneers best finish of the meet, taking second place with a leap of 18'1.50" to pick-up eight team points. The sophomore also scored in the triple jump with a sixth place finish at 36'7.00".
Sophomore Carol Cress (Butler, PA) scored points in both the shot put and javelin events. Her throw of 41'6.50" earned her a sixth place finish. Cress also scored points in the javelin with a fifth place finish, recording a throw of 123'08".
In the discus, sophomore Christine Middleton (Colchester, CT) posted a fourth place finish, earning the Pioneers five team points. Middleton's throw of 139'1" put her in the top-eight. Sophomore Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) took fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 184'09".
On the track, junior Samantha Troy (Lebanon, CT) picked up points in the 10,000 meter run with a seventh place finish in 40:2.80. The Pioneer 4x800 relay team placed seventh overall with a time of 9:20.43.
For the men, Senior Keith Rowe (Taunton, MA) finished second in the decathlon. Rowe totaled 6,294 points over the 10 events. Rowe won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.27 seconds, won the long jump with a leap of 21'5.50" and took the high jump clearing the bar at 6'2.75". He placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.73 seconds.
Graduate student John Kenworthy (Gloversville, NY) took sixth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, clocking in at 9:24.32.
All nine Pioneers earned All-New England honors thanks to their top-eight finishes at this year's championship event.