NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's track and field team placed eighth out of nine teams, totaling 56 points, upon the completion of the 2019 NEC Outdoor Championships held this weekend at Central Connecticut State.
In the postrace awards ceremony, SHU freshman Cameron Croce claimed a share of the NEC's Most Outstanding Rookie honor with Taeco O'Garro of Fairleigh Dickinson. Croce did all his work on Saturday, winning the hammer throw event with a school record toss of 57.50m. Croce becomes the first Pioneer to win the NEC Most Outstanding Rookie award since John Wlasuk back in 2013.
- A productive event for the Pioneers, SHU's team of Michael Somoza, Quaheem Dufane, Devon Guerrier-Heyward and Brandon Parker combined to clock in at a season-best time of 42.15 seconds, claiming sixth in the standings
- Racing against some stellar competition, the Pioneers' clocked in at a time that meets IC4A qualifying standards
- The Pioneers' most successful event of the day came in the discus where SHU saw three competitors place
- Andy Suarez led the way for SHU finishing in sixth with a throw of 41.78m
- Christian Turner (41.53m) and Michael Kearns (41.03m) came in seventh and eighth, respectively
- A year removed from placing 14th in the 2018 NEC 3000m steeplechase, sophomore Ryan Corbett moved up considerably this season with a sixth place finish in the same event
- Corbett crossed the line with a personal-best time of 9:44.86, the first sub-10 minute 3000m steeplechase of his career
- Sean Murray just missed placing with his 10th place finish and personal-best time of 9:53.95
- Jeffrey Young placed for the third straight season in the 110m hurdles, finishing the finals in sixth place with a time of 14.61 seconds
- Young's time meets IC4A qualifying standards and is a personal-best
- A season-best time of 3:23.21 for the Pioneers' group of Dufane, Guerrier-Heyward, Nicholas Pelletier and Evan Cleveland were the seventh-fastest on the day
The championship season continues next weekend as the Pioneers head to the New England Championships (May 10-11 held at Southern Conn. St.) and the IC4A Championships (May 11-12 held at Princeton University).