Staley Wraps Up NCAA Championships for Stonehill

Medway, Mass., junior All-American places 14th in men's high jump 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 15, 2014) – Junior All-American Nick Staley (Medway, Mass./BC High) wrapped up Stonehill College's participation at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Visit Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem State University, at JDL Fast Track by competing in the men's high jump this evening.

Staley, who earned All-America honors with his fifth place finish at the 2013 Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala., placed 14th today after clearing 6-feet, 6.75-inches on his first attempt in the first round. He was unable to clear the next progression of 6-8.75 on his three attempts to exit the competition. Lake Erie College senior Edward Dudley captured his first indoor high jump

Junior Nick Staley cleared 6-feet, 6.75-inches at the NCAA Championships on Saturday. (PHOTO BY Josue Roman/AltaSky LLC)

national championship, after winning the outdoor title in 2012, by clearing 7-feet, 1-inch, on fewer attempts than Texas A&M Kingsville sophomore Jeron Robinson.

Stonehill finishes the 2014 NCAA Championships in 43rd place with its two points earned by the All-America performance by the 4000-meter distance medley relay team on Friday night. The Skyhawks finished tied with American International College for second among the three Northeast-10 Conference programs that scored at the Championships. Southern Connecticut State University finished 12th with 16 points, while Saint Augustine's University won the team title with 84.50 points.

Stonehill's distance medley relay finished seventh out of the 12 entries on Friday night with a time of 9:58.33. Earning All-America honors in the event for the Skyhawks are sophomore Nick Kirkpatrick (Carmel, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep), freshman Matt Baldasare (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) and juniors Patrick Cooney (Douglaston, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) and Daniel Zawalich (Paxton, Mass./Saint John's of Shrewsbury). Cooney and Zawalich earn All-America honors in the DMR for the second time in their career after they were part of the 2012 relay team that finished sixth (10:04.69) in Mankato, Minn.

Stonehill, ranked second in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II East Region computer rankings, produced a program-best matching fifth place team finish at the New England Championships third season after placing second at the Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Championships the week before, marking the Skyhawks fourth-straight finish in the top two. Stonehill has a program-record 12 individuals competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in six events.

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