April 18, 2010
Center Valley, PA - The Sacred Heart women's track team won seven events en route to capturing its 13th consecutive Collegiate Track Conference Championship Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) finished first in both the shot put and the hammer throw to lead the women. The men placed second for the championship, Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) and Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY) posted a one-two finish in the 110 meter hurdles.
Sarah Tencza (Succasunna, NJ) won the 800 meter run for the Pioneers crossing the tape in 2:19.98. Erin O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, NY) and Brigid Paddock (Stony Brook, NY) also scored in the event placing third and fourth, respectively. Michelle Navarro (Piscataway, NJ) was victorious in the 5000 meter race clocking in at 18:40.95 while teammate Dana Troy (Lebanon, CT) earned fifth. Brittany Llobell (West Sayville, NY) led a very strong Sacred Heart performance in the 3000 meter steeplechase as she won the event with a time of 11:39.27. Sara Pollock (Sandy Hook, CT) was next across the finish line for second place points and Christina Soares (Naugatuck, CT) also earned a top-five finish.
The Pioneers dominated the throwing events as Athalia Smith won the shot put with a toss of 12.87 meters and the hammer throw with a distance of 52.43 meters. Chantul Smith (New Britain, CT) finished second in the shot put just .07 meters off of her sister's best throw. Christine Middleton (Colchester, CT) rounded out the SHU scoring in the shot put with a fifth place effort. Middleton later earned an event victory with a 38.81 meter effort in the discus throw, Carol Cress (Butler, PA) placed fourth at 34.25 meters. Middleton also picked up second place points for SHU in the hammer throw and finished fourth in the javelin. Chantul Smith rounded out her solid showing at the CTC Championships with a fifth place showing in the hammer throw.
Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT) also earned an event win as she placed first in the long jump with a leap of 5.50 meters. Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY) crossed the tape in third in the 1500 meter run while Samantha Troy (Lebanon, CT) was fourth. Theresa Campbell (Colonia, CT) competed in the 10,000 meter run and finished third in 40:14.20. The Pioneers also got points from its 4x800 relay squad with a third place effort in 10:14.89.
Jean-Louis crossed the tape in 14.40 seconds to claim the victory in the 110 meter hurdles, second place Rosado was just .37 seconds off the pace. Daniel Galanto (East Hampton, CT) also earned points in the 110 meter hurdles with a fourth place effort. Colin Seidl (Cochecton, NY) picked up the win in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:45.56. Teammate Daniel Koehler (Red Hook, NY) was close behind in second at 9:51.64. The 4x400 relay team also earned an event win clocking in at 3:22.52. The 4x800 squad picked up fifth place points with a time of 8:34.78.
Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT) notched a second place finish in the 200 meter dash clocking in at 22.53 seconds. Jason Soule (South Portland, ME) picked up a third place finish in the 400 meter race crossing the tape in 51.47 seconds. Ryan Murdoch (Niantic, CT) took part in the long 10,000 meter race and came in second in 32:31.94. Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, NY) posted a fifth place performance in the 5000 meter race in 15:44.09. Brett Luongo (North Attleboro, MA) finished fifth in the long jump at 6.12 meters while Matthew Wagner (Brookhaven, NY) was fifth in the discus at 38.94 meters.
The women's team finished the championship with 176.50 points, 41 ahead of the next closest team. The men's squad notched 102 points in its second place performance behind host DeSales University. Both teams return to action April 22-24 in the 116th Annual Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia, PA.