STONY BROOK, N.Y. –The Sacred Heart women's cross country team opened the 2019 campaign on Saturday morning with a fourth place showing out of six teams at the Stony Brook Invitational. The four kilometer meet, hosted by Stony Brook University, also featured Fordham, Quinnipiac, LIU and Hunter.
Fordham claimed first place in the season-opening meet, amassing 41 points to edge out second place Quinnipiac (51 points). The host Seawolves claimed third place with 63 points, finishing just two points ahead of Sacred Heart (65). LIU and Hunter rounded out the field.
- For the second straight season, the combination of Jacqueline Thorne and Olivia Weiss were the top two-fastest on the day for the Pioneers
- A year removed from finishing in 11thplace overall, Thorne moved up five spots to finish sixth out of 64 competitors on Saturday, crossing the line in 15:23.40
- Weiss also showed well, finishing less than three seconds behind Thorne in seventh place overall with a time of 15:26.01. Weiss' seventh place showing was a six-spot improvement from her 13thplace finish at Stony Brook in 2018
- Making her SHU debut, first-year Kayla Grant impressed with a Top 15 showing, crossing the line in 15:50.10 to earn her 15thplace in the overall standings and third-fastest on the team
- Senior Bianca De Lucia and junior Gabrielle Vega led a wave of Pioneers as SHU saw nine runners finish between the 18thand 30thoverall spots in the standings
- De Lucia led that SHU pack with her 18thplace finish, good enough for fourth-best on the team, with a time of 16:12.67
- Right behind De Lucia was Vega, who clocked in at 16:13.75 which resulted in a 19thplace finish
- First-years Kathleen Delaney (22ndplace overall, 16:18.59), Madison Roth (26th, 16:34.91) and Tinamarie Dadic (28th, 16:42.99) all showed well in their collegiate debuts
The Pioneers are back in action next weekend with the UMass Invitational slated for 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 7.