SOMERSET, N.J. – Sacred Heart men's track and field senior Christian Turner and freshman Cameron Croce were honored with weekly awards by the NEC, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon. Turner was honored as the NEC Field Athlete of the Week while Croce took home the NEC Rookie of the Week award.
Turner earns his second Field Athlete of the Week honor of the 2018-19 season as he picked up his first career weekly honor on Jan 15th, 2019 during the indoor campaign. Croce continues his stellar freshman campaign, earning his third Rookie of the Week honor and first during the outdoor season.
Turner wins his Field Athlete of the Week after all but cementing a place for himself in this year's NCAA East Regional Preliminaries with a huge personal-best and school record in the shot put with 17.88m (58' 8") on Saturday. Competing in Stony Brook's Wolfie Invite, the redshirt junior demolished his previous outdoor best of 16.24m (53' 3 ½"), which he set just a week earlier. He also blew past his indoor best of 16.51m (54' 2"), which is a mark he set while winning the NEC indoor title in the event this year. With his performance, Turner broke the longstanding record of SHU legend Evan Lasher. Lasher was a seven-time NEC individual champion in multiple throwing events during his career and his school standard of 17.58m in the outdoor shot put had stood since 2006. Perhaps more importantly, Turner's record mark vaulted him all the way up to No. 26 in the NCAA East Region shot put rankings. It also ranks him eighth in the IC4A and first in New England.
�� Official Men's Field Athlete of the Week ��— NEC Track & Field (@nectrack) April 24, 2019
�� Christian Turner, @SHUBigRed
�� Turner turned in a huge personal record to win the Stony Brook Wolfie Invitational and significantly improve his standing on the NCAA DI East Region leader board. He put the shot 17.88m (58' 8"). pic.twitter.com/lfdaG2OOn3
Croce earned his NEC-leading third Rookie of the Week award following his hammer throw competition in the Wolfie Invitational on Saturday, with a huge new personal-best of 54.60m (179' 2"). Croce bested his previous best of 49.34m(161' 10") by more than five meters to take over second place in the NEC leaderboard for the event. While the rookie came very close to breaking the SHU school record of 54.75m with his winning toss, he did manage to record the second-best mark, and best ever by a freshman, in program annals. Croce's hammer throw also easily surpassed the IC4A qualifying standard of 52.50m. He now ranks 36th in the IC4A, and 79th in the entire NCAA East Region.
�� Official Men's Co-Rookie of the Week ��— NEC Track & Field (@nectrack) April 24, 2019
�� Cameron Croce, @SHUBigRed
�� Croce tacked more than 5.00 meters onto his personal best in the hammer throw while striking gold at the SBU Wolfie Invitational. His 54.60m (179' 2") fling came within 15 centimeters of the SHU record pic.twitter.com/XB96vJb9zz
The Pioneers are back in action at the famed Penn Relays (Thursday-Saturday) and at the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday.