Oct. 10, 2009
BOSTON, MA (October 10, 2009) - The Sacred Heart men and women's cross country teams ran in the 2009 New England Championships Saturday afternoon at Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pioneer women finished 13th overall in a field of 49 team while the men took 18th place among 47 squads competing at the event. For the SHU men, it was their best-ever finish in the race, matching last season's 18th place finish. The women improved over their 16th place finish in 2008.
The SHU women were led by junior Kim DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ) who notched her third-straight top-five finish and was the top-Northeast Conference runner in the race. DeLoreto clocked in at 18:10 to take fifth place overall in a field of 327 runners for her fourth career top-five finish. In her last three races, DeLoreto has finished fifth (New England's), first (Fairfield Ivite) and third (Quinnipiac Invite).
She earns All-New England honors in cross country for the second time in her career. DeLoreto finished 22nd as a freshman in 2007, before redshirting last fall. DeLoreto's 5th place is the best finish ever by a SHU athlete in the New England meet, topping the 12th place Katie Wrinkle recorded in 2003. Wrinkle went on the win the individual NEC title that year. DeLorteo avenged losses to Quinnipiac's Becca White and Morgan Roche, who both beat her in the Quinnipiac Invite earlier in the season. Her time (18:10) is a program best at Franklin Park, topping the 18:14 recorded by Kathleen Henry in 2006.
Senior Sara Tencza (Succasunna, NJ) finished in the top-25 taking 21st with a time of 18:29. For the senior it was her first-career All-New England performance thanks to finishing inside the top-30 runners.
Freshman Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY) finished 90th (19:20), junior Samantha Troy (Lebanon, CT) was 98th (19:26), freshman Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) finished 141st (19:50) and freshman Megan Papp (Niantic, CT) was 151st (19:54).
For the men, junior Andrew Houghtalen (West Charlton, NY) was the Pioneers top finisher taking 23rd overall with a time of 25:19. Houghtalen improved all the way from 166th last year and earned All-New England honors for the first time in his career for his efforts.
Sophomore Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT) ran in 88th place with a time of 26:08.
Rounding out SHU's top-five finishers was sophomore Richard Marcello (Foster, RI) in 104th (26:15), freshman Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) in 131st (26:27) and senior Ryan Murdoch (Salem, NY) in 148th (26:36).
Both teams are back in action next Saturday, October 17th when the run at the University at Albany Invitational.