Stonehill Opens Outdoor Season at BSU Bears Invitational

Sophomore Nick Staley won the high jump and fell just under the NCAA Championships provisional qualifying standard. (PHOTO BY Blake Wood)

Skyhawks record five event wins to highlight spring opener

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (March 23, 2013) – The Stonehill College men's track and field program opened its outdoor season with five event wins and a strong afternoon in field events at the Bridgewater State University Bears Invitational at Edward C. Swenson Athletic Field Complex today.

Sophomore All-American Nick Staley (Medway, Mass./BC High) won the high jump with a height of 6-feet, 7.50-inches, just 1.25-inches shy of the NCAA Championship provisional qualifying standard.

Junior Ryan Perkins (Shrewsbury, Mass./St. John's of Shrewsbury) won the pole vault by clearing 12-feet, 3.50-inches, while classmate Xavier Dixon (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.21-seconds.

Sophomore Bryan Wilcox (Plantsville, Conn./Southington) won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:32.11, while classmate Michael Gendron (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) finished fourth in 33:45.16.

Junior Herby Saintil (Roslindale, Mass./BC High) won the triple jump with a distance of 44-feet, 6.25-inches. He led three Stonehill jumpers in the top seven as freshman Fortune Kalala (Lawrence, Mass./Central Catholic) placed fifth with a leap of 40-07.00 and junior George Georgaklis (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) finished seventh at 39-07.25.

Junior Herby Saintil won the triple jump.

Senior Timothy Johnson (Thomaston, Conn./Thomaston) led an army of Stonehill entries in the 1500-meter runs as he finished second (out of 49 entries) with his time of 4:01.85. Ten Skyhawks in all were entered in the event and all finished inside the top 21. Senior Sam Spencer (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk) placed fourth in 4:07.61, while senior All-American Sean Hanlon (Georgetown, Mass./St. John's Prep) was fifth in 4:08.8. Sophomore All-American Patrick Cooney (Douglaston, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) rounded out the top ten finishers for the Skyhawks with a ninth place showing in 4:09.43.

Hanlon, Johnson and Spencer also posted high finishes in the 800-meter run. Hanlon led three Stonehill runners in the top 12 (out of 35) with a seventh place finish in 2:03.17, while Johnson finished ninth in 2:04.19 and Spencer was 12th in 2:04.70.

Sophomore All-American Daniel Zawalich (Paxton, Mass./St. John's of Shrewsbury) led six Stonehill runners, including three in the top seven, of the 5000-meter run with a second place finish in 15:19.39. Classmate Daniel Gordon (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) was fifth in 15:34.03, while junior Stephen Leonard (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) placed seventh in 15:39.69.

Senior Colin Prior (Georgetown, Mass./St. John's Prep) led three Stonehill jumpers in the top seven of the long jump with a third place finish on a distance of 19-feet, 5.50-inches. Freshman Justin Howard-Callender (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) placed fifth with a leap of 19-02.75, while sophomore Robert Smith (Woburn, Mass./Woburn Memorial) finished seventh at 19-01.50.

Sophomore Daniel Cormier (Methuen, Mass./Methuen) placed third for the shot put with his distance of 45-feet, 2.50-inches. Freshman Andrew Hastings (Broad Brook, Conn./Hebron Academy) finished 12th with a throw of 38-04.25. Cormier also placed sixth in the hammer throw with a distance of 130-feet, 7-inches, while Hastings was also eighth for the discus throw with his distance of 115-feet, 10-inches.          


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Junior Tyler Moules (Billerica, Mass./Billerica) finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.14-seconds.


Sophomores Robert Smith and Teague Grubel (Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain) ran seventh and eighth, respectively, out of 49 entries in the 200-meter dash. Smith was seventh in 23.75-seconds, while Grubel took eighth in 23.76. Grubel also finished eighth (out of 35) in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.19-seconds.


Junior Michael Harris (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) placed 12th (out of 49 sprinters) in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.52-seconds.


Stonehill is back in action in two weeks when it competes at the Duke University Invitational in Durham, N.C., on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6.