AMHERST, Mass. – Racing against some of the top competition in the Northeast, the Sacred Heart men's cross country team placed fourth out of four teams on Saturday at the UMass Invitational. The host Minutemen (33 points) eked out a win over runner-up UConn (35 points) while WPI claimed third (64 points) and the Pioneers (115 points) took fourth.
- For the second straight week, junior Moetiz Shilleh led the Pioneers on the day
- Shilleh placed 18th overall out of 47 competitors with a time of 20:09.5 in the 6k course
- Following the leader Shilleh came a wave of SHU runners that included sophomore Corey Picard (29th place overall, 21:00.4), sophomore Alec Valle (30th, 21:03.6), junior Ryan Corbett (32nd, 21:20.0), junior Sean Murray (33rd, 21:25.6) and senior Scott Curtis (35th, 22:13.8)
- For Murray, his time of 21:25.6 represented the fastest of his career on a 6k course
The Pioneers enjoy a two-week hiatus before returning to competition at the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday, September 28. The annual meet is held at the Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Connecticut, the course that is serving as the host site for the 2019 NEC Championships.