FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Trevor Guerrera and Kate Svensen of the Sacred Heart Track and Field team were honored with Northeast Conference Track Athlete of the Week Awards on Tuesday for their performances at the Boston University season opener on Saturday.
The start to Guerrera's senior season couldn't have gone much better. The reigning NEC Indoor Most Outstanding Track Performer (Distance) contested a 3,000m race for only the second time in his storied collegiate career and posted the second-fastest time in NCAA Division I for the season's first weekend. Guerrera ran the 3K in 8:21.00 at the Boston University Season Opener. Immediately ascending to the top of the NEC leader board, the fourth-year Pioneer, who competed in the fastest heat, finished fifth overall at BU and was the first DI athlete to cross the line. Despite moving out of his middle distance comfort zone, Guerrera beat the IC4A championship qualifying standard by 7.0 seconds.
Svensen started her senior indoor season by smashing her 5,000m PR by 53 seconds at the Boston University Season Opener. The SHU team captain clocked in at 17:01.44, blowing past the qualifying standard (17:28.24) for the ECAC Championships in March. Instantly making her the NEC leader, Svensen's season-opening 5K time stands more than 45 seconds better than last year's NEC championship winning mark. The performance, which ranks 24th amongst early-season DI leaders, is also the fastest 5000m race by a NEC athlete since SHU's Elizabeth Hutchins broke the 17:00 barrier during the 2014-15 indoor season.
The Pioneers are back in action Friday, Dec. 8 at the 23rd Annual University of Rhode Island Women's Pentathlon at Kingston, RI at 11 am.