NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The four-time defending NEC Outdoor Champion Sacred Heart women's track and field team sits in second place after day one of the 2019 NEC Outdoor Championships, held on Saturday at Central Connecticut State. Senior Emma Cary highlighted the day for the Pioneers, claiming her first career individual NEC title with a victory in the 10,000m.
A largely successful first day has the Pioneers sitting in second place with a total of 53.5 points. Saint Francis University has the overall lead with 60 points.
- Cary clocked in at 38:30.74 to claim her first career NEC individual title
- Cary made personal history, previously finishing third (2018), fifth (2017) and eighth (2016) in the 10,000m throughout her career at the NEC Championships
- The Pioneers continued to show well in the event with Gaelyn Kattman (40:02.38) placing sixth and Bonnie Wilder (42:09.84) taking eighth
- Cary (10), Kattman (3) and Wilder (1) combined to give SHU 14 points in the event
- SHU's group of Bianca De Lucia, Olivia Weiss, Julia Koenig and Jacqueline Thorne combined to take second place with a time of 9:08.25
- The Pioneers were edged out for first place by Mount St. Mary's (9:08.12)
- Both SHU and the Mountaineers beat the previous NEC Championship record coming into the day of 9:09.95 previously held by Wagner back in the 2014 title meet
- Another productive event for the Pioneers saw Madelyn Bradway finish in second place (50.02m) while Erika Johnson took sixth (46.78m)
- Bradway's throw of 50.02 and Johnson's mark of 46.78m are both new personal-bests
- The pairing combined for 11 points in the team standings
- Amy Vegliante picked up an impressive third place result with a mark of 3.70m, easily besting her previous career-best eighth place result at an NEC outdoor championship meet
- Vegliante had finished in eighth place in all three of her first career appearances at the NEC outdoor championships (2016-18)
- Freshman Grace Glennon scored an impressive fifth place finish in her first career NEC outdoor championship appearance, setting a new personal-best with a mark of 3.20m
- Jillian Kilmer set a new personal-best and tied for third place with a mark of 1.64m in the high jump
- This also set a new career-best result for Kilmer in the NEC outdoor championships
- Lauren Tanner scored a fifth place result in the javelin throw with a mark of 37.25m
- Brianna DeGennaro posted 5.26m in the long jump to claim eighth place
- Kilmer rounded out her day with a seventh place finish in the 100m hurdles preliminary, advancing to the finals on Sunday
- Kilmer clocked in at a personal-best time of 15.00 seconds in her preliminary sprint
The Pioneers trail the Red Flash by just 6.5 points after Day One and lead third place Robert Morris by 12.5 points as SHU is in good position to make a run for a fifth-straight NEC outdoor title on Sunday.