Three All-Conference Performers Lead Women’s Cross Country to Runner-Up Finish at NEC Championship

Three All-Conference Performers Lead Women’s Cross Country to Runner-Up Finish at NEC Championship


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's cross country team landed three runners on the All-Northeast Conference team as the Pioneers finished second at the conference championship meet, hosted by Central Connecticut State on Saturday morning at Stanley Quarter Park. Sacred Heart finished with 71 points in their bid to reclaim the league title, finishing behind repeat champion CCSU who dominated the day with 38 points.


  • A trio of seniors – Jacqueline Thorne, Olivia Weiss and Bianca De Lucia – all finished in the Top 14 overall to earn All-NEC honors
  • With each racing in their final NEC Championship meet, Thorne and Weiss each landed their second career All-NEC honor while De Lucia earns her first All-NEC distinction
  • Thorne has improved immensely throughout her career at the NEC title meet, finishing better than the previous season throughout her four-year career:  26th (2016), 17th (2017), 7th (2018) and 6th (2019)
  • Weiss landed just one spot behind her 2018 NEC finish as she crossed the line in 12th place today, earning a second All-NEC honor
  • De Lucia came up with a big-time performance in her final NEC Championship meet, easily setting a career-best in the conference championship with her 14th place result today, besting her previous-best finish of 30th in 2018 (also finished 46th in 2017 and did not compete in 2016)


  • As a team, Sacred Heart has placed in the top three at the NEC Championship for 12 consecutive seasons and has never placed lower than fifth since joining the NEC 21 seasons ago in 1999
  • The SHU women have never failed to place at least one runner on the All-NEC team since joining the league in 1999 and has had a minimum of three All-NEC performers for nine consecutive years


  • As she has done all season long, Thorne led the way with her sixth place finish out of a field of 76 finishers as she clocked in at 18:11.6 in the 5k event. For Thorne, she has place first on the team in all six events in which she has competed in 2019.
  • Weiss continued to run well alongside Thorne as she placed 12th overall with a time of 18:23.4. In all six events in which they've competed together in 2019, Thorne and Weiss have finished first and second-fastest on the team, respectively.
  • De Lucia was the standout on the day for SHU as she vaulted up 16 spots from her previous career-best at the NEC Championship, earning the final All-NEC spot with her 14th place result. De Lucia clocked in at 18:40.5 which is a career-best for a 5k event and well over a minute faster than her time of 19:54.9 set at the 2018 NEC Championships.
  • Sophomore Gaelyn Kattman performed well on Saturday, matching her 17th place finish she took in the 2018 NEC Championship as she clocked in at 18:48.2 on Saturday which was good enough for fourth-best on the team and fifth-fastest among all underclassmen in the competition.
  • Rounding out the scorers on the day for SHU was juniors Brigit Kelly (22nd, 19:17.7) and Kelly Arsenault (23rd, 19:18.5). Kelly moved up 16 spots from her 2018 NEC title race appearance while Arsenault made a nice return after missing the 2018 championships.
  • Also competing for the Pioneers was junior Gabrielle Vega (27th, 19:29.3), first-year Kathleen Delaney (30th, 19:31.4), junior Bonnie Wilder (39th, 19:42.4) and first-year Kaylah Grant (42nd, 19:45.8).
1. CCSU 38
3. Saint Francis Univ. 85
4. Mount St. Mary's 111
5. Merrimack 131
6. Bryant 175
7. Wagner 186
8. Fairleigh Dickinson 195
9. Robert Morris 221
10. St. Francis Brooklyn 293
11. Long Island 301