Lynchburg, VA - The men and women's Track and Field teams traveled to Liberty University over the weekend to compete in the Liberty University Collegiate Invitational, 17 other teams participated.
On the women's side there were many standout performances for the Pioneers. Ashia Wright (Cheshire, CT) finished in sixth place in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash races running a 12.42 and a 25.73 respectively. Katelyn Racanelli (Riverside, CT) came in tenth place in the 200-meter dash running a 26.05. The 800-meter dash had a couple top ten finishes by the Pioneers. Brittany Llobell (West Sayville, NY) finished in sixth place running a 2:19.06 and Catherine Westby (Islip, NY) recorded an eighth place finish running a 2:22.37. The 1500-meter dash also saw some strong performances for the Pioneers recording three people in the top ten. Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, CT) came in third place running a 4:52.11, Teresa Gagliostro (Town of Washington, NJ) finished right behind Selmquist in fourth place running a 4:57.82 and Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawcatuck, CT) came in seventh place running a 5:00.71. Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY) and Michelle Navarro (Piscataway, NY) finished in second and third place in the 3000-meter Steeplechase running a 11:40.81 and 11:45.93 respectively.
The Pioneers put together exceptional performances in both the 4X100 relay and the 4X400 relay finishing in second and third place respectively. The team of Wright, Karlie Dean (Stormville, NY), Ashley Matakevich (Stratford, CT), and Nicolette Sands (West Hempstead, NY) ran an impressive 48.38 in the 4X100 and the team of Sands, Dean, Shay Cronin (Prospect, CT), and Bacanelli ran a 3:56.60 in the 4X400.
Sarah Wallis (Forked River, NJ) and Emily Kiss (Kenvil, NJ) finished tied for seventh in the Pole Vault recording a score of 2.60 meters. In the long jump the Pioneers scored two top ten finishes, Matakevich jumped a solid 5.48 meters coming in fifth while Dylan Baker (Petersham, MA) jumped 5.30 meters finishing in eighth place. Matakevich also placed third in the Triple Jump with an exceptional score of 11.89 meters. A couple of top five finishes came in the form of Lindsay Aponte (West Islip, NY) and Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) in the Shot Put. Aponte came in third with a throw of 13.4 meters while Smith finished in fourth place with a throw of 13.18 meters. Athalia Smith also put together a nice event in the Hammer Throw placing in fourth place with a 56.77-meter throw while Chauntal Smith (New Britain, CT) came in seventh place in the same event with a throw of 49.99.
Chelsey Parks (Moultonborough, NH)) competed in the Heptathlon for the Pioneers finishing in eighth place with score of 3514, her best finish coming in the 800-meter run where she came in fifth place running a 2:33.47.
On the Men's side of things the Pioneers also had many impressive performances including a couple first place finishes. The 5000 meter run proved to be the most successful event of the day for the Pioneers, scoring four top ten finishers including finishing first and second. Jeffrey Lusignan (East Montpelier, VT) won the event running a rapid 15:02.95. Christopher Connelly (Medford, NY) finished right behind Lusignan running a 15:09.59. Andrew Houghtalen (West Charlton, NY) finished in sixth place running a solid 15:16.35 while Aleksandr Morin (Durham, CT) rounded out the top ten with a 15:59.83.
Another 1-2 finish came for the Pioneers in the 110-meter hurdles where Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) took home the gold with a 14.08 while Jeremy Rosado (Brooklyn, NY) finished right behind him with a solid time of 14.70 seconds. Rosado also performed strongly in the 400 Meter Hurdles finishing in third place with a time of 54.27 seconds while Justin McLoughlin (West Hurley, NY) finished in eighth place in the same event with a time of 56.14.
Sacred Heart's relay teams both finished in the top five in the 4X100 and 4X400. The team of Jean-Louis, Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT), Warner Cooley (Central Islip, NY) and Rosado came in fourth in the 4X100 relay with a time of 42.56. The team of Cooley, Lyhne, Patrick Peterson (Gloversville, NY), and Jean-Louis came in second place in the 4X400 meter relay with a time of 3:17.74.
In the High Jump Cory Lutkus (Oakville, CT) finished in 8th place with a jump of 1.84 meters. Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, NY) took home ninth place in the Long Jump with a jump of 6.77 meters. Hutchinson also finished fifth in the Triple Jump with a jump of 13.88 meters while Lutkus finished ninth jumping 12.61 meters.
The Shot Put proved to be an excellent event for the Pioneers as well compiling three top ten finishers. Chase Petrucci (Harvey Cedars, NY) finished in third place throwing a 15.28, while Marc Troiani (Valhalla, NY) came in fifth place with a solid throw of 14.91 meters. Philip Miccio (Jericho, NY) came in eighth place for the Pioneers throwing a 13.95. Troiani also finished in sixth place in the Discus Throw with a score of 45.59 meters, while Matthew Wagner (Brookhaven, NY) finished in ninth place for the Pioneers with a throw of 43.42 meters. Wagner finished sixth in the Hammer Throw with a score of 51.87 meters, while Miccio also finished in the top ten in ninth place with a throw of 48.22 meters. Zachary Martin (Hebron, CT) strongly finished fourth in the Javelin Throw with a toss of 52.32 meters.
The Pioneers also showed great strength in the Decathlon finishing second, fifth and eighth. Drayke Jackson (East Northport, NY) led the way for the Pioneers finishing in second with a score of 5807, Scott Polis (East Patchogue, NY) finished in fifth with a score of 5103, while Tyler Duhamel (Cumberland, NY) finished in eighth place with a score of 4495.