Freshman Corey Thomas earned Championship MVP and Men's Athlete of the Year honors at the NE-10 Championships after capturing the 55-meter hurdles title and placing second in the high jump.
Stonehill Fourth at NE-10 Championships
Thomas named Championship
Most Valuable Athlete and NE-10 Men's Athlete of the Year after
winning 55-meter high hurdles and taking second in high jump
4000-meter distance medley relay team places second
BOSTON, Mass. (February 19, 2010) - The Stonehill College men's indoor track and field team, ranked 25th in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II poll and fourth in the East Region, placed fourth at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships, hosted by the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center on Thursday night.
Stonehill compiled 69 points on the night, with Southern Connecticut State University claiming its eighth team title with 143 points. American International College was second (139 points) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell third (88).
Freshman Corey Thomas (Brookline, Mass./BC High) led the way again for Stonehill and in the process was named Most Valuable Athlete for the Championship, while also taking home Men's Athlete of the Year honors for the Conference. Thomas captured the NE-10 championship in the 55-meter high hurdles with two dominating runs before placing second in the highly anticipated high jump championship which featured two of the top three high jumpers in all of Division II this season.
Thomas shattered both the NE-10 Championship and his own school-record in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.51-seconds, good enough to automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., next month. The time was faster than his qualifying run of 7.55-seconds, which originally broke the previous meet record of 7.57-seconds set by UMass Lowell's Hassan Wajd in 2002. He also broke his own school-record of 7.56-seconds set in last week's final at the BU Valentine's Invitational, marking the fifth time he has bettered the school mark in his first collegiate season.
Junior Daniel Newton broke his own school-record in ther shot put and placed third overall.
Thomas, who has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump, placed second with his height of 7'0.25". The event marked a showdown between two of the top three high jump performances in all of Division II this season, with Thomas entering the meet with a Division II-best 7'1" and American International freshman Noel James owning the third-highest jump in the country at 7'0.25" - both NCAA automatic qualifiers. However, James came out on top on this night, posting a Division II best jump of 7"1.25".
Stonehill senior Joseph D'Agostino (Canton, Mass./Canton) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump when he cleared 6'9.75" to place fourth.
Stonehill's 4000-meter distance medley relay team were runners up at the Championships, finishing with a time of 10:36.80. Running for the Skyhawks were juniors Nathan Morse (Whitinsville, Mass./Holy Name) and Patrick Fullerton (Bradford, Mass./Haverhill), sophomore Eric Blanche (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) and freshman Sean Hanlon (Georgetown, Mass./St. John's Prep).
Fullerton also placed third in the 1000-meters with a time of 2:30.11. Hanlon placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.98, while junior Brian Benson (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) finished eighth in 1:58.17. Morse was eighth in the 500-meter run in 1:07.94.
Junior Daniel Newton (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) broke his own school-record in the shot put with a distance of 46'7.50" to place third at the Championships. He broke his previous record of 45'9.75" set at the Tufts Stampede in February 2009.
Other results for Stonehill included:
Freshman Kevin McCann took third in the pole vault.
Freshmen Kevin McCann (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) and Luke Byrnes (Glen Head, N.J./Chaminade) placed third and fourth, respectively in the pole vault. Both cleared 13'5.25", but McCann accomplished the height on his second vault, while Byrnes cleared on his third attempt.
Junior Daniel Fidler (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) placed third in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:29.18. Freshman Ethan Penney (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) finished 11th in the event in 15:49.49.
Sophomore Stephen Polito (Worcester, Mass./Doherty Memorial) placed fourth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:03.80. He also finished sixth in the mile run with a time of 4:23.84.
Junior Daniel Pilz (Newington, Conn./Newington) ad freshman Sam Spencer (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk) finished ninth and tenth, respectively in the mile run, posting times of 4:28.64 and 4:31.40.
Sophomore Pak Lul (Portland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.02.
Junior Patrick Fanning (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) placed seventh in the weight throw with a distance of 41'10.50". He was also seventh in the shot put with a distance of 42'0.50".
Stonehill is back in action next Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, for the New England Championships, hosted at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.