Fullerton Leads #21 Stonehill at Kutztown DII Challenge

Senior Patrick Fullerton set a course record with his time of 25:35 over 8K to win today's Kutztown Division II Challenge. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Bradford, Mass., native captures individual title with course record performance as Skyhawks place second out of nine teams

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (October 23, 2010) – Senior All-New England performer Patrick Fullerton (Bradford, Mass./Haverhill) set a course record to lead Stonehill College, ranked 21st in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II poll, to second place finish out of nine teams that competed at today's Kutztown University Division II Challenge in men's cross country action today.

Fullerton captured the individual title by completing the eight-kilometer course in a course record 25:35, just two seconds ahead of Shippensburg University sophomore Matt Gillette (25:37). It marks the second top five and third top ten finish for Fullerton this season who earned All-New England honors with a tenth place showing at the New England Championships two weeks ago.

Stonehill placed second as a team at the event with a team score of 63, while Shippensburg took the team title with 20 points. Southern Connecticut State University rounded out the top three with 100 points.

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Junior Stephen Polito (Worcester, Mass./Doherty Memorial) finished eighth for Stonehill (out of 85 runners overall) with his time of 25:55. Senior Daniel Pilz (Newington, Conn./Newington) placed 13th in 26:22.

Stonehill has a week off before returning to action on Sunday, November 7, when it hosts the 2010 Northeast-10 Conference Championship at 10 a.m. The Skyhawks will be looking to defend their NE-10 title in two weeks and capture their fifth title overall.