#19 Stonehill Takes Quinnipiac Invitational

Senior co-captain Daniel Pilz led the Skyhawks to its second-straight team win with his third place finish overall. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Pilz leads Skyhawks to second-straight victory with third place finish

HAMDEN, Conn. (September 18, 2010) – Stonehill College, ranked 19th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II preseason poll, won for the second-straight week, this time turning in a first place finish at the Quinnipiac Invitational at the QU cross country course this afternoon.

Stonehill topped host Quinnipiac in what was essentially a head-to-head race with Yale University having just four runners compete at the event. The Skyhawks posted 20 points, while Quinnipiac finished with 37. Yale senior Chris Scavone completed the eight-kilometer course in 26:23 to take first place overall.

Senior co-captain Daniel Pilz (Newington, Conn./Newington) led Stonehill to the win with a third place finish overall, completing the course in 27:03. Sophomore Samuel Spencer (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk) led a pack of three-straight Skyhawks with a sixth place finish in 27:26. He was followed closely by freshmen Trent Fontanella (Pelham, N.H./Bishop Guertin) and Jonathan Foster (Westport, Conn./Staples) in seventh and eighth, respectively with identical times of 27:38. Sophomore Timothy Johnson (Thomaston, Conn./Thomaston) rounded out the Stonehill scoring runners in 11th overall in 27:47.

Stonehill is off until Friday, October 1, when it participates in the 37th annual Lehigh Paul Short Run, in Bethlehem, Pa., at 11 a.m.