PRINCETON, NJ (October 13, 2012) - The Sacred Heart women's cross country team posted another impressive performance Saturday afternoon, finishing fifth at the Princeton Invitational. The Pioneers were fifth in a field of 25 teams running on West Windsor Field. The Columbia Lions took home the team title.
The women beat several regionally ranked teams in this race, including St. Joseph's (PA) and Lehigh. Both were ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Region coming into the race. The Pioneers ran on a 6000 meter course for the first time. Four of the Pioneers in the top 7 recorded personal bests for 6000 meters.
Senior Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) and junior Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY) were the Pioneers top-runners, both earning a top-10 finish. Selmquist placed an impressive 4th out of 219 finishers in a formidable field. Her time, 21:43, beat her old best of 23:33 by a whopping 1:50. It also moved her from 14th to first on the SHU All-Time list for 6000 meters. She surpassed Brittney Lane's school record of 22:17 by 34 seconds.
Castrogivanni was seventh in the standings, clocking in at 21:54. Her time topped her old personal best of 23:24 by 1:30 and moved her from 11th to 2nd place on the SHU All-Time 6K list.
Senior Michelle Navarro (Piscataway, NJ) ran in 41st place with a time of 22:37. Sophomore Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawcatuck, CT) was 61st, finishing in an even 23:00. Navarro's time of 22:37 beat her old personal best of 23:33 by 54 seconds, moving her into sixth on the SHU All-Time 6K list.
Rounding out the top-seven runners for SHU was sophomore Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, NH) ho clocked in at 23:18 (85th), senior Megan Papp ran in 23:30 (Niantic, CT) and senior Mekenzie Krause (Bennington, VT) finished in 23:45 (116th). Bolduc improved her personal best for 6K by 41 seconds from 23:59, down to 23:18. For Papp and Hutchins, who both ran very well, it was their first time racing at the 6,000 meter distance.
The Pioneers will have their final tune-up for the Northeast Conference Championship on October 19th when they run in the 9th Annual CCSU Mini-Meet at Stanley Quarter Park.