It came down to the final event, but the Sacred Heart women’s track and field team pulled out its third-consecutive Northeast Conference Women’s Track and Field Outdoor Championship title on May 7. The Pioneers bested Central Connecticut by just three points.
Sacred Heart’s 4×400 meter relay of Taylor Ann D’Agostino, Kayla Lawrence, Jacqueline Thorne, and Nicole Bartosch took second place in 3:53.82, 0.16 seconds behind LIU. Those eight points wrapped up the championship as CCSU took fifth place for four points. SHU finished with 145 points, three points clear of CCSU. LIU Brooklyn was third with 95 points. For the second-straight year, Mareena DiMilia was named Most Outstanding Field Performer in throws, winning the hammer throw by almost nine feet.
– SHU took 24 points in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Tara Connelly won the race by over seven seconds in 10:57.32 to earn 10 points. Kelly Quinn was third in 11:08.92, followed by Lindsey Lucas in fourth with a time of 11:09.04. Sarah Bent (11:58.46) and Antonia Palazzolo (12:14.51) were seventh and eighth respectively.
– Bartosch earned 15 points for the Pioneers Sunday. A part of the deciding 4×400 relay, she was also fifth in the 200 meters (24.75), seventh in the high jump (5’1.25″) and eighth in the 100 meter hurdles (18.80).
– Lawrence was second in the 400 meters (56.66) and seventh in the 200 meters (25.24) for 10 points. She was also on SHU’s fourth-place 4×100 meter relay with Tanaya Wade, Adriana Forcucci, and Camille McKenzie.
– The Pioneers had 10 points in the 5,000 meters. Kate Svenson took fourth (17:58.15) for five points, followed by Connelly in fifth place (18:06.20) and Jody DiCicco (18:12.77) in eighth.
– DiMilia won the hammer throw with a mark of 186’6″. She was also third in the javelin with a throw of 140’8″. Kristina Klemenz was sixth in the hammer throw at 145 feet.
– Victoria Pileggi had a pair of sixth place finishes in the high jump (5’3″) and the triple jump (37’7.75″).
– The Pioneers earned 12 points in the 10,000 meters. Svensen finished second in a time of 37:01.72. Emma Cary was sixth with a time of 37:56.93.
– SHU earned eight points in the discus. Freshman Madelyn Bradway was fourth with a throw of 130’2″. Erika Johnson and Jenna Rothermel both had throws of 125’4.5″ to take sixth and seventh respectively. The Pioneers also took five points in the shot put. DiMilia was sixth with a throw of 39’2″, and Klemenz was seventh with a throw of 38’11.5″.
– Bartosch took second in the long jump with a mark of 17’9″. She ran the third-fastest 200 meter dash in prelims (25.23) to qualify for the final, and also qualified for the 100m hurdles final in a time of 14.87
– Lawrence had the top 400 meter time in the prelims, running a 57.09. She also qualified for the 200 meter dash final.
– Thorne ran the second-fastest 1,500 meters in the prelims in 4:54.56. Delaney Kimball and Hahne also qualified for the 1,500 final.
– Camille McKenzie qualified fifth in the 400m hurdles.