Thomas Named NE-10 Athlete of the Year

Senior All-American, Brookline, Mass., native collects third Indoor honors

EASTON, Mass. (February 21, 2013) – Stonehill College senior All-American Corey Thomas (Brookline, Mass./BC High) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, as selected by the Conference's 11 head coaches.

Thomas, who earns Indoor Athlete of the Year honors for the third time in his career after also being named as a freshman and sophomore, is ranked in the top ten nationally for Division II in both individual events in which he competes and has led Stonehill to the 2013 NE-10 Indoor Track & Field Championship last weekend. Thomas captured NE-10 individual championships for the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday with his school-record time of 7.98-seconds, which ranks eighth nationally in Division II, marking his fourth straight indoor hurdles championship. He followed that up with his second NE-10 indoor high jump championship, clearing 7-feet, 2.25-inches, already ranking second nationally with a school-record leap of 7-03 at the Joe Donahue Indoor Collegiate Games in January.

In addition to winning the high jump all six times he has competed this winter, Thomas has placed first in the hurdles three of the four times he has competed in the event, with a second place showing the remaining time. He has also competed with Stonehill's 4x400-meter relay in three meets, helping the squad to a third place showing at the URI Sorlien Invitational (3:28.87) on January 19.

Thomas, the 2011 NCAA Division II National Champion for the high jump, is a six-time All-American, earning the honors for indoor high jump three times, outdoor high jump twice as well, and one All-America performance in the 60-meter hurdles in 2011. The three-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) East Region Field Athlete of the Year has won four New England Championships over his career, with two indoor high jump titles, one outdoor championship and he is the first dual New England Champion in program history after winning both the outdoor high jump and 110-meter high hurdles titles his freshman year.

Thomas has earned 11 All-New England and 14 All-Northeast-10 Conference honors, six USTFCCCA All-Region and won ten Northeast-10 titles (six hurdles and four high jump). Thomas holds the school record in all five events he competes in at Stonehill. In addition to his two indoor records set this season, he cleared an outdoor high jump record 7-1.5 at the U.S. Junior Nationals at Drake University during the summer following his freshman year. Thomas ran the 110-meter hurdles in a record time of 14.31-seconds at the 2011 New England Outdoor Championships and also holds the 55-meter hurdles record of 7.45-seconds set at the 2010 New England Indoor Championships.

Thomas and Stonehill's other New England qualifiers will compete at the 2013 New England Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Boston University, at the BU Track & Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday.

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