BOSTON, Mass. – The Sacred Heart men's cross country team competed in the New England Championships on Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston. Racing agains the top competition across all NCAA Divisions in the Northeast, the Pioneers placed 24th out of 25 teams. Providence claimed the team victory in the varsity event.
- Junior runner Moetiz Shilleh continues to lead the Pioneers, shaving more than a minute off his time in the team's previous 8k event (Ted Owen Invitational), to place 92nd and top on the team for the fourth straight time in 2019
- Shilleh clocked in at 26:39.0 on Saturday, easily breaking his previous PR at New England's of 26:53.2 he established in his rookie season
- Fellow classmate Ryan Corbett came less than two seconds from establishing a new personal-best in the 8k as he crossed the line in 27:26.2, close to his PR of 27:24.3
- Leading the larger pack of Pioneer runners was senior Nicholas Pandolfo who crossed the line more than 90 seconds faster than his first 8k run of the season, finishing with a time of 28:17.1 in Boston
- Rounding out the pack for SHU was junior Gilmar Barrios (28:19.2) and Sean Murray (28:26.3) while Andrew Asselta (28:33.5) and Christopher Gillis (29:15.1) also competed in the varsity 8k event
- The Pioneers also fielded a team in the 8k sub varsity event in which SHU placed ninth out of 10 teams
- Senior Justin Klotz led the way for SHU with a 58th place finish out of 93 runners as he clocked in at 28:54.8
Up next for the Pioneers is a return to the Vermont Invitational as SHU treks up to the Hard'ack Recreational Area in Saint Albans on Saturday, October 19.