Brookline, Mass., native honored after adding two more All-America awards at NCAA Division II Championships over the weekend
EASTON, Mass. (March 12, 2013) – Stonehill College senior All-American Corey Thomas (Brookline, Mass./BC High) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Field Athlete of the Week by the league office.
Thomas, who earns the honors for the fifth time this winter (17 career) to go with one Track Athlete of the Week selection (two career), turned in a pair of All-America performances for Stonehill at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., over the weekend. He placed third in the high jump for the second straight year by clearing 6-feet, 11.75-inches, marking the fourth-straight year he has earned All-America honors for that event. Thomas followed that up by placing eighth in the 60-meter high hurdles in 8.09-seconds to claim his second All-America honor in that event. He qualified sixth overall for Saturday's final by clocking in at 7.99-seconds to win his preliminary heat on Friday, marking his fastest time at the NCAA Championships for his career. He helped lead the Skyhawks to a 19th place team finish, second among NE-10 programs, with just two athletes competing in two events.
Thomas, now an eight time All-American with his two honors over the weekend, has been named the NE-10 Indoor Athlete of the Year for the third time this winter as well. He posted All-New England and All-East Region honors for both the high jump and 60-meter hurdles, setting new indoor school records for both events over the winter. Thomas captured the NE-10 titles for both events this season, marking his fourth-straight hurdles championship and second for the high jump, to help lead the Skyhawks to their first NE-10 team championship.
Thomas, the 2011 NCAA Division II National Champion for the high jump, has earned All-America honors for indoor high jump four times and outdoor high jump and 60-meter hurdles twice each. 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 13 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, clearing a record 7-feet, 3-inches at the Joe Donahue Indoor Collegiate Games in January and finishing the 60-meter hurdles in 7.88-seconds at the New England Championships in February. 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.
Stonehill, ranked 13th in last week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II rankings, opens its outdoor season on Saturday, March 23, when it participates in the Bridgewater State University Bears Invitational starting at 10 a.m.