NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – After a three-week span between competitions, the Sacred Heart men's cross country team was back in action on Saturday, placing 10th out of 19 teams at the Ted Owen Invitational held at Stanley Quarter Park. American International claimed the team victory with 42 points, 29 more than the runner-up Wagner. The Pioneers finished the day with 305 team points and fourth out of the seven total Northeast Conference teams in competition.
- Junior Moetiz Shilleh led the way once again, marking the third straight meet to start the 2019 season in which he has placed top on the team
- Shilleh crossed the line in 27:56.6, landing him in 39th place overall, as his time was nearly a 15 second improvement from his showing at last season's Ted Owen Invitational
- Sophomore Corey Picard was the second-fastest on the afternoon, clocking in at 28:38.5 which was good enough for 61st place overall and a 20-second improvement from his 2018 Ted Owen Invitational time
- Rounding out the Top 5 for the Pioneers was junior Ryan Corbett (69th, 29:03.1), junior Sean Murray (82nd, 29:36.8) and senior Nicholas Pandolfo (88th, 29:50.2)
- Corbett's time of 29:03.1 is a vast improvement from his time of 29:24.4 at the Ted Owen Invitational last season
The schedule ramps up with the next competition in two weeks as the Pioneers head to Franklin Park for the annual New England Championships held in Boston on Saturday, October 12.