Men’s Cross Country Earns USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award

Three Skyhawks collect individual All-Academic accolades

EASTON, Mass. (March 4, 2016) – The Stonehill College men's cross country team has earned All-Academic honors for the 2015 season from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while three Skyhawks collected individual All-Academic accolades.

Juniors Joe Santo (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport), and Tyler Henseler (Coventry, Rhode Island/Bishop Hendricken), and freshman Riley Dowd (Peabody, Massachusetts/Peabody Veterans Memorial) were recognized for posting a grade point average of 3.25 or higher while also finishing among the top-30 percent of total eligible runners at the regional championship or in the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.




Stonehill was among 104 men's NCAA Division II teams to earn All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA. To qualify for this award, programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and scored at their NCAA regional meet. The Skyhawks posted a runner-up finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship, before following that up with a third place showing at the East Region Championships. The Skyhawks capped the 2015 season with their 13th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships. Academically, Stonehill registered a 3.15 cumulative GPA through the fall semester. Santo and Dowd led the way with their selections to the NE-10 Academic All-Conference team.

Santo earns his second career USTFCCCA All-Academic award after being recognized as a sophomore in 2014. The Newburyport, Massachusetts native was recently named to the NE-10 All-Conference second team for the second straight year after finishing in tenth place with a time of 25:44.7. He has earned a 3.32 cumulative GPA as a marketing major at Stonehill. Santo ran to a 56th place finish at the East Regional Championship on November 8th, with a time of 33:38.8, and competed at the NCAA Division II National Championship on November 21st.

Dowd earns USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition following a successful freshman campaign in which he earned All-Conference honors for the first time in his career before competing in his first NCAA Championship meet. He earned a 3.63 GPA during his first semester at Stonehill and is currently undecided on a major. Dowd turned in an impressive sixth-place finish in the season-opening Shacklette Invitational, before placing 16th the following weekend at the DII/DIII Kutztown Challenge. He posted a time of 33:29.4 at the East Region Championships, good for 51st overall, and capped his season with a career-best ten-kilometer time 32:14.3, good for 168th-place at the NCAA Championships.  

Rounding out Stonehill's All-Academic honorees for the 2015 season is Henseler, who is being honored with his second career USTFCCCA All-Academic award. Henseler has posted a cumulative GPA of 3.38 as a history major at Stonehill and competed in his second East Region and NCAA Championship meets. The Coventry, Rhode Island native has been placed on a combined seven NE-10 and Athletic Director's honor rolls during his career at Stonehill.

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