SHU Turns in Best-Ever Finish at NCAA Regional; Connelly 52nd for Men

2012 NCAA Regional Women's Results

2012 NCAA Regional Men's Results

MADISON, CT (November 9, 2012) – The Sacred Heart women's cross country turned in their best-ever finish at a NCAA Regional Championship race, finishing 16th at the 2012 Northeast Regional  Friday afternoon at Hammonassett State Park.  On the men's side, the Pioneers were 32nd out of 34 teams as a team.

The Pioneers entered Friday's race ranked 15th in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Poll and came in ahead of the 2012 Northeast Conference Champion Quinnipiac team who finished 20th overall.

All-NEC runners senior Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) and junior Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY) led the Pioneers by finishing 62nd and 68th overall, respectively.  Selmquist ran the 6k course in 21:22.2.  She bested her previous personal best and school record time on a 6k course of 21:43, set at the Princeton Invitational.

Castrogivanni completed the course with a time of 21:27.3.  She set a new personal best time, beating her 6k time of 21:54 set at the Princeton Invitational back in October.

Senior Michelle Navarro (Piscataway, NJ) finished in a time of 22:21.9, good for 123rd  Sophomore Emma Bolduc (Peterborough, NH) finished in 129th with a time of 22:25.4 and senior Megan Papp (Niantic, CT) was in 143rd with a time of 22:41.1.

For the men, senior Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) ran an impressive race, finishing 54th in the field of 239 runners.  He turned in a time of 31:36.7 

The Pioneers will close out the season on November 17th when they run in the ECAC/IC4A Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY.

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