Stonehill’s DMR Named NE-10 Men’s Relay of the Week





Skyhawks relay posts All-New England performance, cements spot at NCAA Championships 

Northeast-10 Conference Track & Field Weekly Report

EASTON, Mass. (March 5, 2015) – Stonehill College's 4000-meter distance medley relay team has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Track & Field Relay of the Week for its performance at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Boston University, at the BU Track & Tennis Center last weekend.

The Stonehill DMR highlighted Stonehill's efforts on day one of the New England Championships on Friday night with its third place finish to earn All-New England honors for the second straight year and third time over the last four. The Skyhawks finished in 9:50.89, just 0.56-seconds shy of the school record, to lock up a spot in next week's NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, by posting the sixth-ranked time in Division II this winter to date. Stonehill finished third behind Amherst College (9:48.61) and Northeastern University (9:48.82) on Friday and first among the five Northeast-10 entries out of 19 relay teams overall.

Junior All-American Nick Kirkpatrick (Carmel, Indiana/Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) ran the opening 1200-meter leg in 2:59.2 – marking the first sub-3-minute 1200m leg in school history for the relay. Senior Teague Grubel (Phoenix, Arizona/Shadow Mountain) followed by taking the baton for the 400-meter leg in 49.2-seconds, with senior All-American Patrick Cooney (Douglaston, New York/Archbishop Molloy) completing the 800-meter leg in 1:53.3, and then senior All-American Daniel Zawalich (Paxton, Massachusetts/St. John's of Shrewsbury) running the mile anchor leg in 4:08.8. Kirkpatrick, Cooney and Zawalich all earned their All-America plaudits as part of past DMRs, while Cooney and Zawalich earn All-New England honors in the event for the second straight year after the team placed fourth here last winter and unofficially ran NCAA provisional qualifying times on their legs tonight.

Stonehill's DMR will represent the men's track & field program at next week's NCAA Indoor Championships being held at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14.

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