MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's track and field team kicked off the 2019 outdoor season on Saturday at the Wesleyan Spring Classic Invitational. The Pioneers showed well in their outdoor season debut as SHU captured eight event victories on the day.
- Quaheem Dufane picked up a victory in the 100m dash, crossing the line in 11.11 seconds while Brandon Parker placed third with a time of 11.32
- One of the most-successful events of the day for SHU was the 1500m that saw Pioneers claim the three-fastest times of the day led by Ryan Corbett (4:14.76) in first followed by Jake Tavernite (4:16.60) and Gavin Thurlow (4:24.12)
- Nicolas Pelletier led the Pioneers in the 200m with a time of 23.18 to place fourth out of 25
- Phillip Almodovar picked up a Top 5 finish, crossing the line in 5th with a time of 55.24
- Sean Murray was fifth in the 5000m with a time of 16:19.49 while teammate Corey Picard was right behind in sixth with a time of 16:19.51
- Evan Cleveland showed well in the 400m hurdles, placing second out of seven with a time of 58.56 seconds
- The SHU 4x100m 'A' relay squad of Michael Somoza, Dufane, Devon Guerrier-Heyward and Brandon Parker earned first place in the event with a time of 44.11
- Another relay victory for SHU came in the 4x400m as the 'A' group of Pelletier, Cleveland, Dufane and Guerrier-Heyward clocked in at 3:38.94
- Sean Mefford kicked off a great day for SHU in the field events with a win in the long jump as he posted 6.55m
- Michael Kearns (15.00m) led a trio of Pioneers who claimed first through third place in the shot put while Christian Turner (14.91m) finished second while Andy Suarez (12.97m) was third
- Another 1-3 finish for SHU came in the discus throw as Suarez (38.76m) led the way this time followed by Kearns (38.68m) in second and Liam McDade (37.73m) in third
- Cameron Croce rounded out the day for the Pioneers with a victory in the hammer throw, posting 48.11m while Turner backed him up with a runner-up finish and throw of 47.51m
Pioneers are back in action this weekend as the squad will split, with some competitors heading to Raleigh, North Carolina for the N.C. State Adidas Raleigh Relays from March 29-30 while the remaining contingent will compete in the Rider University 5-Way Invitational on Saturday.