Stonehill Shines at Joe Donahue Games

Senior Xavier Dixon improved his NCAA Championships qualification time with a second place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Two Skyhawks qualify or improve qualifying standard for NCAA Championships
Saintil breaks own school record and eight qualify for New Englands

BOSTON, Mass. (January 24, 2014) – The Stonehill College men's track and field program had two NCAA Championships qualifying performances, broke one school record and had several New England qualifying efforts to highlight a successful night at the Joe Donahue Games, hosted by Northeastern University, at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center tonight.

Senior Xavier Dixon (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) finished second in the 60-meter high hurdles and improved his NCAA provisional qualifying time with a personal-best run of 8.10-seconds in the final – marking the ninth fastest time in the country to date. He qualified third for the final with his time of 8.31-seconds in the preliminary rounds. Dixon also placed 30th in the 200-meter dash in 23.66-seconds.

Senior Herby Saintil (Roslindale, Mass./BC High) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships to be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., in March in the triple jump with his school-record distance of 47-feet, 1.00-inch to place second in the event. The distance currently ranks 21st nationally and broke his own previous school record of 45-07.25 set at the Northeast-10 Championships here at the Reggie Lewis Center last February 16. Saintil also placed 18th in the long jump with a leap of 20-03.00.

Junior All-American Daniel Zawalich (Paxton, Mass./St. John's of Shrewsbury) qualified for next month's New England Championships with his third place finish in the one mile run in 4:14.88 – just shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Sophomore Robert Massey (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) finished 14th in 4:21.11.

Senior Herby Saintil provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with his school-record triple jump effort.

Zawalich and Massey were also part of Stonehill's 4000-meter distance medley relay team that made its season debut on Friday night with a second place finish in 10:28.79. Zawalich ran the opening 1200-meter leg in 3:09, before junior All-American Patrick Cooney (Douglaston, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) completed the 400-meter leg in 52.2-seconds, Massey ran the 800-meter leg in 2:02, followed by sophomore Nick Kirkpatrick (Carmel, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) who finished the mile anchor leg in 4:25.

Cooney also finished fifth in the 800-meter run with a New England Championships qualifying time of 1:55.76 – just 0.13 shy of the provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships. Kirkpatrick placed tenth in 1:56.73.

Junior Teague Grubel (Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain) qualified individually for the New England Championships in two events. He placed third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.09-seconds after qualifying third in 7.12-seconds in the prelims. Grubel finished fourth in the 200-meter dash in 22.57-seconds for his second New England qualifying mark.

Grubel was also part of Stonehill's 4x400-meter relay team that qualified for New Englands with a fourth place finish in 3:23.52. Grubel ran the lead leg in 52-seconds, followed by freshman Matt Baldasare (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) with a 50.2-second split on the second leg, before senior Tyler Moules (Billerica, Mass./Billerica) completed the third leg in 50.5-seconds and junior Robert Smith (Woburn, Mass./Woburn Memorial) ran the anchor leg in 50.4.

Senior Teague Grubel qualified for New Englands in three events on Friday night. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Moules also placed 18th in the 400-meter dash with his time of 51.12-seconds, while Smith finished 19th in 51.19 and Baldasare 31st in 51.71 in the field of 43.

Senior Daniel Cormier (Methuen, Mass./Methuen) placed fourth in the 35-pound weight throw with a distance of 52-feet, 8.75-inches to qualify for the New England Championships. Sophomore Morgan Johnson (West Newbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) finished tenth with a throw of 45-09.25.

Cormier also finished seventh in the shot put with a distance of 45-feet, 1.00-inch. Sophomore Mason Griffin (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) was close behind in ninth with a throw of 44-04.25. 

Other Stonehill Performances of Note: 

Junior All-American Nick Staley (Medway, Mass./BC High) placed fifth in the high jump with a height of 6-feet, 6-inches. 

Senior Stephen Leonard (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) finished 18th in the 3000-meter run with his time of 8:50.10. 

Stonehill has some distance runners competing tomorrow at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University, at the BU Track & Tennis Center. The Skyhawks are in action next Saturday, February 1, at the URI Coaches' Tribute Meet, hosted by the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I., at 11 a.m.

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