Stonehill posts top finishes at Tufts
Skyhawks take five of top seven spots in 5000m run
MEDFORD, Mass. – Stonehill, ranked 17th in the USTFCCCA Division II rankings, won seven events as part of a strong performance at the Tufts University Stampede at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.
Sophomore All-American Corey Thomas was a double-winner for the third consecutive week and fourth time in five meets overall this winter to lead a list of seven event winners for Stonehill. Thomas opened with a first-place finish in the 60-meter high hurdles with a time of 8.17 seconds – 0.33 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. He qualified first for the final with a time of 8.33 seconds in the preliminary round. Freshman Xavier Harris-Dixon was third in the final in 8.56 seconds after qualifying seventh in 8.71.
Thomas, ranked first nationally in Division II for the high jump, won the event for the fifth time in as many meets this winter by clearing 6-7.
Senior Nathan Morse won the 600-meter run with a school-record time of 1:22.07, qualifying for the New England Championships later this month. He broke the school record of 1:22.87 set by Derek Hebert at the same event in 2007. Sophomore Daniel Padilla placed 19th of 33 runners in 1:28.46.
Junior Daniel Kincade placed second of 36 competitors in the weight throw with a school-record toss of 51-10 1/2. He broke his own school record of 49-7 3/4 set last weekend.
Sophomore Ethan Penney led a dominant Stonehill effort in the 5000-meter run with a first-place finish as the Skyhawks took five of the top seven spots in the field of 23 runners. Penney finished in 15:16.59, while senior Zachary Lankow was second in 15:25.58. Junior Corey Donahoe was fourth (15:38.63), with freshmen Paul Cina and Stephen Leonard finishing sixth (15:47.56) and seventh (15:49.65), respectively.
Sophomore Sean Hanlon won the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:32.48. Senior Daniel Pilz was fourth in the 33-person field in 2:34.74.
Sophomore Tim Johnson won the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:56.20 to pace the field of 39 runners. Freshman Nathaniel Webber was ninth in 9:10.18, while classmate Trent Fontanella finished 11th in 9:14.55.
Stonehill won the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 8:10.20, outpacing the field by more than six and a half seconds. The Skyhawks were second in the 4x400 with a time of 3:26.68, getting edge by The College of Saint Rose by just 0.43 seconds.