By Carolyn Eckel
The Sacred Heart University’s men’s cross country team took part in the Princeton Invitational and finished in thirteenth place out of a total of 23 teams.
Eight of the men placed and five freshman ran their personal best.
The first Sacred Heart Pioneer to cross the finish line in the men’s 8k race was graduate student Connor Rog.
He ran his season best of 24:42 finishing 19 over all out of 226 other runners.
Recently, Rog was named the Northeastern Conference Athlete of the Week for the fourth time. At the New England Championship, Rog ran a 24:51 8k and finished sixth out of the 219 runners that took part in the event.
To date, Rog is the fastest Sacred Heart student to run at Franklyn Park.
Sophomore Joshua Hadity was the second to cross the finish line following Rog. He completed the race with a time of 25:07, ending 57th overall.
He was able to knock a minute and a half off of his previous race times. Junior Trevor Guerra was the third to come in for the Pioneers, with a time of 25:27 finishing 88th.
Rog and Hadity are on the program’s All-Time list for the 8k and 5-mile race. They are ranked third and fourth respectively.
“The team’s performance was great, almost everyone ran personal best. We placed thirteenth out of 21 teams in a very competitive field of runners,” said Hadity.
Freshman Gilmar Barrios and junior Andrew Handfield were in the fourth and fifth spots for Sacred Heart.
Barrios with a time of 25:51 and Handfield with a time of 25:53, they both beat their personal best as well.
Freshman Christopher Peabody finished with a time of 26:43. Junior Jake Tavernite and freshman Nicholas Pandolfo ran the same time of 26:44.
All three runners set their personal best times.
Freshman Minas Kostis, Justin Klotz, Scott Curtis, Gavin Thurlow and Stavros Xanthacos also set their personal best at the Princeton Invitational.
“I think as a team if we ran as well as we did at the Princeton Invitational we will be one of the favored teams to win the NEC championship,” said Hadity.
The Pioneers are looking to continue their accomplishments at the Northeast Conference Cross Country Championships at St. Francis University at Immergrun Golf Course in Loretto, Pa. on Saturday, Oct. 29.