New Britain, Connecticut.- In a field with Division I competitors, including 6 NEC teams, the Sacred Heart men's Cross Country team brought home their first team victory of the season. Their score of 36 points edged out St. Francis by 7 points at the 15th Annual Ted Owen Cross Country Invitational at Stanley Quarter Park.
Trevor Guerrera was the first Pioneer to cross the line, nabbing the runner-up spot in a time of 26:24. His time is the fifth fastest on the 8k course in program history and over one minute faster than his freshman time at the same meet.
Timothy Loehner was right behind Guerrera in his season debut, finishing third in a time of 26:34. His performance knocks nearly two minutes off his time in 2014.
Sophomore Gilmar Barrios was the next SHU finisher, in a time of 26:49, good for sixth overall.
Senior Andrew Handfield was the fourth Pioneer to cross the line, clocking a personal-beset of 27:25. That effort was good for ninth and was more than 90 seconds under his 2014 run at the event.
Rounding out the Top-5 for the men was freshman Moetiz Shilleh, who finished his first career 8k in a time of 27:57, good for 16th place.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday October 7. at the 106th Annual New England Cross Country Championship at Franklin Park, Boston, Mass. at 11 am