Oct. 17, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 17, 2009) - The Sacred Heart women's cross country team took third and the men took fourth place at the running of the 43rd Annual UAlbany Invitational Saturday afternoon. Pioneer junior Kimberly DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ) finished second in a field of 193 runners to earn her fourth-straight top-five finish on the season.
DeLoreto, fresh off an All-New England performance a week ago, again turned in a top-flight performance, finishing the 5,000 meter course in 17:33.9, the fastest time in Sacred Heart program history. Her time, a 37 second personal best, put her second in the field behind only Elise DeRoo of Colgate who won the event with a time of 17:27.7. Her time of 17:33.9 put her first on the SHU All-Time Performer List, passing Katie Wrinkle (18:02). DeLoreto's second-place clocking runs her streak to four-straight races with a top-five finish and gives the junior five career top-five's.
Senior Sarah Tencza (Succasunna, NJ) continued her strong season on Saturday, earning a top-10 finish with a time of 18:03.1. Tencza finished ninth in the field to record her second top-10 and third top-15 finish on the year. Her time was a 19-second personal best and moved her to #3 on SHU's all-time list. Freshman Olivia Civardi (Brightwaters, NY) took 25th in the race, clocking in at 18:30.1, a new personal best by 26 seconds. Civardi's time places her sixth on the all-time list and #3 on SHU's All-Time Freshman list.
Rounding out SHU's top-seven finishers was junior Samantha Troy (Lebanon, CT) in 44th (18:49.4), freshman Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) in 59th (19:03.6), sophomore Brigid Paddock (Stony Brook, NY) in 73rd (19:16.4) and sophomore Sara Pollock (Sandy Hook, CT) in 82nd (19:34.2). As a team, the Pioneers finished with 139 total points. Middlebury College won the women's race with 88 points. Including the JV race on Saturday, the Pioneers had 13 women runners finish the race in under 20 mintuese, a program best. Last season, SHU had eight runners finish under 20 minutes in two seperate meets.
On the men's side, SHU was fourth with 147 total points with Marist winning the event with 47 points. Senior Matthew Chorney (Bristol, NH) was the Pioneers top-finisher crossing the tape in 25:39.1 to finish 21st in a field of 189 runners. His time marked a 49-second personal best for the senior runner and now ranks fourth on SHU's all-time list. Sophomores Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT) and Richard Marcello (Foster, RI) and freshman Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) were right on his heels finishing 23rd, 28th and 31st, in that order, all with personal best times.
Lusignan clocked in at 25:41.5 for a 19-second personal best, moving him to fifth on the all-time list. Marcello came in at 25:45.6, a five-second best moving him to sixth on the all-time list. Connelly finished in 25:46.6 on the 8,000 meter course, a 36-second personal best, moving him to seventh on the all-time list but also marking the fastest time in SHU history by a freshman runner.
Rounding out the Pioneer top seven was graduate student Luis German (Southampton, NY) in 44th (25:55.9), junior Daniel Koehler (Red Hook, NY) in 4th (25:56.2) and sophomore Andrew Sullivan (Ellington, CT) in 52nd (26:02.7).
At the event's JV portion of the race, freshman James Gladysz (Wading River, NY) won the individual title by 25 seconds in a field of 136 runners, clocking in at 25:49.6, a 29-second personal best time. He now ranks second on the SHU Freshman All-Time list. Between the two races, the SHU men had seven runners finish under the 26 minute mark, a program best. Their previous best was three at the Fairfield Univesity Invitational earlier this season.
Both teams are off until the Northeast Conference Championship race on Saturday, October 31st. The event will be held at Quinnipiac University with the first race starting at 11:00 am.