Stonehill Opens at UMass Boston Indoor Invitational

Senior All-American Corey Thomas won both the high jump and 60-meter hurdles in the Skyhawks season-opening event. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Thomas and Staley provisionally qualify for NCAA in high jump to lead four event winners

BOSTON, Mass. (December 2, 2012) – The Stonehill College men's track and field team opened its indoor season competing at the UMass Boston Indoor Invitational hosted by the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center on Saturday.

Senior All-American Corey Thomas (Brookline, Mass./BC High) and sophomore Nick Staley (Medway, Mass./BC High) both provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in March for the high jump as both cleared 6-feet, 10.75-inches to share first place honors.

Thomas also led three Stonehill hurdlers to qualify for the 60-meter hurdles final, winning the final in 8.34-seconds, just 0.03 shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. He qualified first in 8.38-seconds. Junior Xavier Harris-Dixon (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) placed second in 8.43-seconds after qualifying second in 8.56-seconds, while freshman Dante Bittle (Holbrook, Mass./Holbrook) finished eighth in 9.33-seconds after qualifying seventh in 9.05-seconds. Harris-Dixon was also 15th in the 200-meter dash in 24.07-seconds.

Stonehill swept the top three spots in the 3000-meter run, led by senior captain Tim Johnson (Thomaston, Conn./Thomaston) in first place with a time of 8:48.97. Senior All-American Sean Hanlon (Georgetown, Mass./St. John's Prep) took second in 8:51.97, while freshman Robert Massey (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was third in 8:57.68.

Junior Christopher Dooley (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) rounded out the event winners for Stonehill with his first place finish in the mile run with his time of 4:30.45.

Senior Tim Johnson led a Stonehill sweep of the top three spots in the 3000-meter run.

Sophomore Daniel Cormier (Methuen, Mass./Methuen) posted a pair of top five finishes in throwing events, breaking a school record in the process. He placed second in the shot put with a school-record distance of 46-feet, 11.50-inches, breaking the previous record of 46-7.50 set by Dan Newton at the 2010 Northeast-10 Championships also at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Junior Ian Parsons (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) placed fourth with a throw of 44-feet, 11-inches, while freshman Mason Griffin (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) was sixth at 42-04.75. Freshman Andrew Hastings (Broad Brook, Conn./Hebron Academy) placed 15th at 36-07.75.

Cormier was fifth in the weight throw with a distance of 46-feet, 4.75-inches, ranking third among collegiate entries.

Junior Herby Saintil (Roslindale, Mass./BC High) finished second overall, but first among collegiate competitors in the triple jump with his distance of 44-feet, 7.50-inches. Sophomore Robert Smith (Woburn, Mass./Woburn Memorial) took fourth with a leap of 42-02.25, while junior George Georgaklis (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) finished seventh at 40-07.50. Freshman Fortune Kalala (Lawrence, Mass./Central Catholic) placed eighth at 40-02.00.

Freshman Justin Howard-Callender (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) placed fifth in the long jump with his leap of 20-feet, 11.25-inches, while Saintil was seventh at 20-7.75. Georgaklis placed 13th at 20-00.25, with Smith 15th at 19-03.25 and Kalala 17th at 18-10.00.

Junior Christopher Dooley won the mile run.

Seniors Luke Byrnes (Glen Head, N.Y./Chaminade) and Kevin McCann (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) placed second and third, respectively, in the pole vault. Byrnes cleared 14-feet, 1.25-inches, which matched the winning height, but he placed second on attempts. McCann placed third with his height of 13-feet, 7.25-inches.

Byrnes and McCann bookended Stonehill's 4x400-meter relay team that seventh in with its time of 3:36.04. Byrnes ran the opening leg, followed by junior Tyler Moules (Billerica, Mass./Billerica) and senior Daniel Padilla (Bronx, N.Y./Mount Saint Michael Academy) with McCann on the anchor leg.

Padilla also placed third in the 500-meter dash with his time of 1:10.20. Moules was fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:02.49.

Stonehill placed four runners in the top eight of the 5000-meter run led by junior Trent Fontanella (Pelham, N.H./Bishop Guertin) with a second place finish in 15:16.38. Junior Scott Waller (Andover, Mass./Andover) was third in 15:24.37, while classmate Nathaniel Webber (Atkinson, N.H./Central Catholic) placed sixth in 15:41.05. Sophomore Michael Gendron (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) rounded out the Skyhawks quartet with a time of 15:53.49 for eighth overall.

Junior Michael Harris (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with his time of 23.50-seconds, winning his heat. He also placed tenth in the 60-meter dash, just missing out on a spot on the finals, with his time of 7.31-seconds.

Stonehill returns to action on Friday when it competes at the Reggie Poyau Invitational, hosted by Brandeis University, at Gosman Athletic Center in Waltham, Mass., at 5 p.m.

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