Sacred Heart track and field received four out of the six weekly honors announced by the Northeast Conference on Tuesday. The women swept the accolades, as Kolbi Smith was named Field Athlete of the Week, Ashia Wright was tabbed Track Athlete of the Week, and Hannah Cook was chosen as the Rookie of the Week. On the men's side, Trevor Guerrera was selected as the Rookie of the Week.
Smith beat out a field of 18 competitors as she claimed the Shot Put title at the Northeastern University Jay Carisella Invitational over the weekend. Her winning toss of 46'2" puts her into the NEC lead by more than a foot. With the performance, she also easily surpassed the ECAC qualifying standard of 44'3½".
Wright recorded two top-four performances, placing third in the 200 Meter Dash and fourth in the 60 Meter Dash. Her times in both events catapulted her into the conference lead in each. In a field of 60 entries in the 200 Meter Dash, Wright crossed the finish line in 25.59. Facing 31 entries in the 60 Meter Dash, she managed a fourth place finish after running a time of 7.72, narrowly missing the ECAC standard of 7.68.
Competing in three events on Saturday, Cook managed to finish in the top seven of each. More impressively, she is now in the top two in the Northeast Conference in all three. She opened her day with a seventh place finish in the high jump at 5'1". With that jump, she is not in a four-way tie atop the NEC leaderboard. She followed that performance up with another seventh place finish in the long jump. Her 16'8¾" effort now ranks second in the conference behind teammate Dylan Baker. The freshman finished her day with her best finish, placing 4th in the triple jump. Her mark of 35'11½" puts her into second place in the NEC.
After winning the 1 Mile Run in his first career Indoor Track & Field meet last weekend, Guerrera followed that performance up with a second place effort in a field of 22 entries in the 1000 Meter Run. His time of 2:31.61 is the fastest in the NEC thus far this season, and was just three seconds over the IC4A qualifying standard. Later in the day, Guerrera clocked a 50.7 400 meter leg in Sacred Heart's third place finish in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay. The team clocked in at 3:23.80, which ranks second in the NEC this season.
Sacred Heart will be off for nearly a month before returning to action on January 10 for the 33rd Annual Yale University Intercollegiate Track Classic. The event will be held at the Coxe Cage in New Haven, Conn. and will begin at 9 am.