Amy Vegliante Sets School Record in Pole Vault, Women’s Track & Field Posts Six First Place Finishes this Weekend

Amy Vegliante Sets School Record in Pole Vault, Women’s Track & Field Posts Six First Place Finishes this Weekend


STONY BROOK, N.Y. & NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The Sacred Heart women's track and field team celebrated a banner day on Saturday as senior Amy Vegliante posted a school record in the pole vault at the Mark Young Yale Invitational. Vegliante's effort highlighted a successful weekend in which the Pioneers took home a combined six first place finishes between competitions at Yale and the Wolfie Invitational held at Stony Brook University.

Vegliante's record-breaking performance in the pole vault earned her first in the event on Saturday at Yale while Olivia Weiss (800m), Jacqueline Thorne (3000m steeplechase), Samantha Curran (shot put), Madelyn Bradway (hammer) and Sierrah Rich (javelin) all picked up victories in their respective events to highlight the day's proceedings for SHU.

  • Vegliante cleared 3.72m (12" 2' ft) in her signature event to claim first place and the new program record for SHU
  • Vegliante's previous personal-best was 3.70m established at the 2018 Rider Invitational
  • Vegliante's mark of 3.72 cleared the previous school record of 3.70m that Vegliante shared with Selina Sampieri 
  • Weiss led the SHU contingent in the 800m at the Wolfie Invitational, placing first with a time of 2:18.70 as she bested a field that included 31 competitors
  • Olivia Kneski showed well in the 800m, placing seventh with a personal-best time of 2:25.44, while Kaylin Ciesluk joined her in the Top 10 with a 10th place result and time of 2:29.46
  • Cary raced to a victory in the 5000m as the senior crossed the line with a personal-best time of 17:46.00
  • Gaelyn Kattman also performed well in the 5000m, taking fourth place with a personal-best time of 18:37.00
  • Thorne's first place finish in the 3000m steeplechase featured a personal-best time of 11:11.58, easily eclipsing her previous career-best time of 11:19.85, while Angela Kaiser scored second place with a personal-best 12:28.01 in the event
  • Curran topped a field of 16 competitors in the shot put with a mark of 12.14m while Brianna Lavinier was right behind in second place with a throw of 12.09m
  • Bradway starred in the hammer throw, unleashing a personal-best throw of 49.65m to top a field of 17 competitors while besting the runner-up by more than four full meters
  • Rich posted a personal-best throw of 33.38m in the javelin to earn her the victory at Yale
  • SHU's 4x400m relay grouping of Kneski, Julia Koenig, Ciesluk and Victoria Lynch combined to clock in at a season-best time of 4:09.00 for the Pioneers, earning fourth place out of seven teams in the event
  • Antonia Hoyos showed well in the long jump, placing third out of 22 with a mark of 5.39m, while Devyn King placed sixth with a personal-best jump of 5.20m and Brianna DeGennaro took eighth at 5.10m
  • Bradway combined her first place finish in the hammer with a second place showing in the discus as she posted a throw of 38.84m, Erika Johnson took third with a mark of 38.14m and Nicole Baker posted a personal-best 36.60m to take fifth and give the Pioneers three Top 5 finishers in the event

The Pioneers have a busy week ahead with competition at the famed Penn Relays from Thursday-Saturday and the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday.