BRONX – Jennifer Hahne, Shannon Hickey and Alexandra Kaeslin all earned All-East honors, placing in the top 25 of a field of 163, as the Sacred Heart women's cross country team ended its season with a four place team finish at the ECAC Cross Country Championships held at Van Cortlandt Park over the weekend.
The Pioneers' 128 points were just six points behind third place Monmouth, and were enough to hold off the sixth and seventh place teams, Holy Cross and Northeastern, by four. Marist won the title with a total of 80.
"We ran into some stiff competition in this race, but our women's squad ran well, and recorded Van Cortlandt Park bests across the board," said Head Coach Christian Morrison. "There's been some adversity this season, but this group has stuck together and persevered throughout. It's wonderful to have Shannon and Alexandra end their careers on a high note by earning All-East accolades, and to see Jen emerging as the next star of our program. We fully expect to keep the successes coming in 2016."
Crossing in Van Cortlandt Park personal best times to place tenth and 16th respectively, Hahne and Hickey become the 11th and 12th women in program history to earn All-New England, All-Northeast Conference, and All-East honors in the same season. It was also the second consecutive All-East accolade for Hickey, who ran the course in 18:55.4 to beat her previous course best by four seconds, and has progressed from 87th to 31st to 22nd and now 16th at the event in her career. Hahne, who finishes the season leading SHU in the final three races, clocked in at 18:45.2 to beat her previous course best by 31 seconds. She has now improved from 41st to 35th to tenth in the previous three years.
Kaeslin finished 20th in 19:01, a new course best by 21 seconds, to earn the All-East honor. Like Hickey, she has also progressed from outside the top 100 in her freshman year, placing 106th in 2012, 77th in 2013, and 42nd a year ago.
The final two point Pioneer point scorers crossed back-to-back in new course best times for 41st and 42nd place. Kate Svensen's clocked in at 19:23.5 to beat her previous best time by 51 seconds, while Megan Hutch was just .3 seconds behind for a new best by 40 seconds. Hutch has improved from 94th to 84th and now 42nd in her three years.
The list of individuals who have earned All-New England, All-NEC, and All-East honors in the same season:
Katie Wrinkle – 2003
Katie Duffy – 2005
Kathleen Henry – 2006
Kimberly DeLoreto – 2007, 2009, 2010
Brittney Lane – 2011
Alyssa Selmquist – 2012
Michelle Navarro – 2012
Brianna Castrogivanni – 2012, 2013
Elizabeth Hutchins – 2013, 2014
Emma Bolduc – 2014
Jennifer Hahne – 2015
Shannon Hickey – 2015