Stonehill Men’s Track & Field Boasts 12 USTFCCCA All-East Region Performers













Senior Robert Smith leads list with two All-Region awards 

EASTON, Mass. (June 11, 2015) – Senior Robert Smith (Woburn, Massachusetts/Woburn Memorial) leads a list of 12 members of the Stonehill College men's track and field program who have earned All-Region recognition from the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The awards recognize each region's top five performers in individual events and top three teams in relay events.

Smith earns All-East Region honors for two events this spring, giving him a total of four All-Region awards over his career for outdoor track and six career honors overall. He leads Stonehill's 12 student-athlete honorees to collect 13 total All-Region awards this spring after his performances in the 400-meter hurdles as well as part of the Skyhawks 4x400-meter relay team. Smith posted a season-best time of 55.08-seconds with his third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Northeast-10 Conference Outdoor Championships and was a member of the 4x400 team what finished eighth at the New England Outdoor Championships in 3:19.02 to also earn All-New England status.

Senior All-American Patrick Cooney (Douglaston, New York/Archbishop Molloy) and junior All-American Nick Kirkpatrick (Carmel, Indiana/Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) earned All-Region honors for Stonehill as NCAA provisional qualifiers for the 800-meter run. Rounding out the Skyhawks All-Region performers are senior All-Americans Teague Grubel (Phoenix, Arizona/Shadow Mountain), Nick Staley (Medway, Massachusetts/BC High) and Dan Zawalich (Paxton, Massachusetts/St. John's of Shrewsbury) and classmate Bryan Wilcox (Plantsville, Connecticut/Southington) as well as junior Mason Griffin (Wellesley, Massachusetts/Wellesley), sophomore All-American Matt Baldasare (Mansfield, Massachusetts/Mansfield) and freshmen Josh Hubbell (Gloucester, Massachusetts/St. John's Prep), Anthony Innamorati (Clinton, Massachusetts/Clinton) and Dillon Neumann (Harwinton, Connecticut/Lewis Mills).

Zawalich, who earned All-America honors as part of the 4000-meter distance medley relay at the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, collects his third career outdoor All-Region award with his 12th All-Region honor overall for his efforts in the 1500-meter run at the New England Championships when he finished 14th in a personal-best 3:52.15.

Cooney is now a nine-time All-Region runner for Stonehill, picking up his fourth outdoor All-Region honor for the 800-meter run. He posted a season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:52.19 with his ninth place finish at the New England Championships.

Baldasare received his fourth outdoor All-Region award, and sixth overall, as part of the 4x400-meter relay, along with Grubel, Hubbell and Smith. Kirkpatrick earns his first career outdoor All-Region award to go with his four indoor awards, for his efforts in the 800-meter run where he posted a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:52.32 for a tenth place finish at the New England Championships.

Innamorati and Neumann both earn All-Region honors for the outdoor season for the first time after collecting indoor honors in their first collegiate season, while Hubbell earns his first All-Region recognition. 

Stonehill's Men's Outdoor Track & Field All-Region performers:
Matt Baldasare, Sophomore (Mansfield, Massachusetts/Mansfield)

4x400-meter relay (3:19.02/NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship)

Patrick Cooney, Senior (Douglaston, New York/Archbishop Molloy)
800-meter run (1:52.19/NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship), NCAA provisional qualifier, School Record

Mason Griffin, Junior (Wellesley, Massachusetts/Wellesley)
Shot Put (51-feet, 6.5-inches/Skyhawks Invitational), School Record

Teague Grubel, Senior (Phoenix, Arizona/Shadow Mountain)
4x400-meter relay (3:19.02/NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship) 

Josh Hubbell, Freshman (Gloucester, Massachusetts/St. John's Prep)
4x400-meter relay (3:19.02/NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship) 

Anthony Innamorati, Freshman (Clinton, Massachusetts/Clinton)
Pole Vault (14-feet, 1.25-inches/Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships) 

Nick Kirkpatrick, Junior (Carmel, Indiana/Brebeuf Jesuit Prep)
800-meter (1:52.32/NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship), NCAA provisional qualifier 

Dillon Neumann, Freshman (Harwinton, Connecticut/Lewis Mills)
Pole Vault (13-feet, 5.25-inches/Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship) 

Robert Smith, Senior (Woburn, Massachusetts/Woburn Memorial)
400 Meter Hurdles (55.08/Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship)
4x400-meter relay (3:19.02/NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship) 

Nicholas Staley, Senior (Medway, Massachusetts/BC High)
High Jump (6-feet, 6.75-inches/Northeast-10 Outdoor Track &Field Championship) 

Bryan Wilcox, Senior ( Plantsville, Connecticut/Southington)
10,000-meter run (30:58.99/NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship)

Dan Zawalich, Senior (Paxton, Massachusetts/St. John's of Shrewsbury)
1,500-meter run (3:52.15/ NEICAAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship)

The Stonehill men's track and field team completed its 2014-15 season with a fourth place finish at the NE-10 Championships. The Skyhawks 4000-meter distance medley relay collected All-America honors at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships with a program-best third place finish to highlight the year for the program.

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