Pioneers Reclaim Women's Cross Country Championship

Pioneers Reclaim Women's Cross Country Championship


New Britain, Conn.After winning three consecutive titles from 2013-2015, Sacred Heart regained its claim as the Women's Cross Country Champion with the lowest score in program history. SHU tallied 34 points in the 2015 championship, run at Bryant University.
The Pioneers posted a total score of 24 with four runners in the top-five, and five runners placing in the top-12.  The duo of Kate Svensen (Medway, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and Tara Connelly (Holmdel, N.J./Saint John Vianney) continued their success this season finishing first and second in the individual race.

After not finishing in the top-14 at the Championships a year ago, Svensen claimed the individual title with a time of 17:34.3.  Connelly followed right behind her crossing the finish line at 18:02.1 before teammates Jody DiCicco (Berlin, Conn./Berlin) and Lindsey Lucas (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) finished 4th and 5th respectively, posting times of 18:05.3 and 18:06.5. Hannah Chamblin (Memphis, Tenn./St. Agnus Academy) clinched the Sacred Heart victory as the fifth Pioneer to finish at 18:25.2 to take 12th place overall.

The Pioneers made their move in the final mile of the race.  Connelly moved up from sixth place with half a mile to go in the race, and moved up to the runner-up spot. Chamblin moved up two spots in the final mile, and in the process passed the fifth runner from CCSU.

Connelly earned her third All-Conference honors with her performance.  Svensen and Lucas both took home their second career All-NEC plaque and DiCicco picks up her first honor, after missing by one spot a season ago.  Chamblin, a transfer from UT Chattanooga, earns All-Conferene honors in her second Division I conference, having earned the honor in the Southern Conference in 2015.

The Pioneers were 28 points clear of the team runner-up, Central Connecticut State University.  St. Francis University placed third in the team race, with 69 points.  

SHU is back in action Friday Nov. 10 at NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships at Audubon Golf Course, University of Buffalo, NY at 12 pm.