Sophomore All-American Corey Thomas posted the second-highest high jump in all NCAA divisions this year with his height of 7-01 at the Harvard Open. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
Sophomore All-American posts second-highest high jump in country this season, automatically qualifies for nationals
Thomas cleared 7-feet, 1-inch in the high jump to mark the highest jump in all of Division II so far this season and the second-tallest jump in any level of the NCAA indoor season behind just University of Mississippi sophomore Ricky Robertson's height of 7-05 on December 3. With his height, Thomas automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championship in Albuquerque, N.M., in March for the second-straight year. He was an All-American for the high jump for both the indoor and outdoor seasons as a freshman.
Thomas also placed third in the 60-meter high hurdles with his time of 8.19-seconds in the final after qualifying third with a time of 8.27 in his preliminary heat. Freshman Xavier Harris-Dixon (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) continues to push Thomas early in his first collegiate season, placing fourth in the final with a time of 8.50-seconds to qualify for the New England Championships in February after qualifying fifth for the final in 8.51.
Junior Pak Lul (Portland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) qualified for the New England Championships for the 400-meter dash with his time of 50.35-seconds to place tenth out of 78 competitors. Sophomore Colin Prior (Georgetown, Mass./St. John's Prep) was 24th in 52.09.
Junior Dan Kincade is the first Stonehill athlete to clear 50-feet in the indoor weight throw.
Sophomore Kevin McCann (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) placed fifth in the pole vault, breaking his own school record (13-11.25) for the second-straight week, by clearing 14-05.25. The 4.40-meter vault is just 0.40-meters shy of the NCAA Division II provisional qualifying standard and 0.15 shy of the New England Championship qualifying mark.
Junior Dan Kincade (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) nearly qualified for the New England Championships in the weight throw with a school-record distance of 51-feet, 8.50-inches to place sixth out of 44 entries – just 0.09-meters shy of the NE Championship qualifying standard. He broke a nearly nine-year old Stonehill record of 49'5" set by Matt Ellis in the Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Championships at Moore Fieldhouse on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University on February 16, 2002.
Sophomore Ethan Penney (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) finished ninth out of 76 entries in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:47.21. Senior Zach Lankow (Saugus, Mass./St. John's Prep) was 15th in 9:05.85, while junior Corey Donahoe (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) was 19th in 9:07.97 and sophomore Samuel Spencer (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk) was 23rd in 9:09.62.
Senior Daniel Newton (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) placed ninth out of 45 competitors in the shot put with a distance of 43-feet, 4.25-inches. Senior Patrick Fanning (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) was 24th at 37-10.00.
Freshman Tyler Moules (Billerica, Mass./Billerica) finished tenth out of 74 entries in the 800-meter run with his time of 2:02.40.
Sophomore Timothy Johnson (Thomaston, Conn./Thomaston) placed 11th in the mile run out of 110 competitors with a time of 4:25.54. Freshman Justin Blaszcyk (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown) was 28th in 4:33.65.