Skyhawk freshmen sweep Track & Field Rookie honors
Grubel earns Track Rookie of the Week honors for the first time for his efforts in helping Stonehill to the team title at Saturday. He was victorious in his first collegiate meet with a first place finish in the 200-meter dash as he topped the field of 36 competitors with a time of 23.10-seconds. Grubel also qualified fourth overall (out of 27 sprinters) for the 55-meter dash final in 6.82-seconds before finishing fifth in the final in 6.76-seconds.
Grubel, who is also a member of the football team at Stonehill, lettered in track at Shadow Mountain High School. He was a regional champion and Arizona State Runner Up in the 200-meter dash twice as well as the 100-meters once.
Staley earns his second-straight Field Rookie of the Week selection after winning the high jump event for the second-straight week in helping Stonehill to the team title on Saturday. He cleared 6-feet, 8-inches to top the field of 12 competitors by two inches at the Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational. Staley provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in March with his winning jump of 6-feet, 9.75-inches at the Jay Carisella Invitational the week before.
Staley, a former high school teammate of Stonehill junior All-American Corey Thomas (Brookline, Mass./BC High), the reigning NCAA Division II indoor high jump national champion, was a two-time Massachusetts Division 1 State Champion in the high jump at BC High. He earned Catholic Conference MVP honors during the 2011 outdoor season.
Stonehill is off until Saturday, January 21, when it participates in the University of New Hampshire Tri-Match at Paul Sweet Oval in Durham, N.H., starting at 11 a.m.