Santo earns All-East Region honors for two events, giving him five career awards. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)
Santo earns All-Region honors for 3000 & 5000-meters and is joined by Innamorati as a five-time All-Region performer
EASTON, Mass. (February 28, 2017) – Five members of the Stonehill College men's track and field program have earned a combined six All-East Region honors 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.
Senior Joe Santo (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport) leads the list for Stonehill by earning All-East Region honors for the 3000 and 5000-meter run, marking the first time in his career he has collected two All-Region honors in the same season. He has now earned All-Region honors five times in his career, with back-to-back accolades for the indoor 5000-meters. Santo also turned in an All-Region performance at the men's cross country regional in November with a 16th place finish to help lead the Skyhawks to the NCAA Division II Championships for the 14th-straight year.
Santo's All-Region performances for the indoor track & field season came with his New England Championship performance in the 5000-meters this past weekend with an NCAA Division II Championships provisional qualifying time of 14:41.20. He also posted a personal-best time of 8:37.66 in the 3000-meter run at the Beantown Challenge, hosted by Harvard University, on January 14 to earn All-Region honors for that event as well.
Junior Anthony Innamorati (Clinton, Massachusetts/Clinton) joins Santo as a five-time All-East Region performer with his third straight honor for the indoor pole vault. He cleared a season-best height of 14-feet, 5.25-inches at the New England Championships this past weekend. He has also earned All-Region honors for the outdoor pole vault twice in his career to go with his three indoor awards.
Junior Mark Hamalian (West Bridgewater, Massachusetts/Bridgewater-Raynham) earns All-East Region honors for the third time with his second straight performance in the heptathlon. He posted a personal-best 4,472 points to earn All-New England honors at the New England Championships over the weekend. Hamalian was also an All-Region performer for the decathlon last spring to go with his two heptathlon awards.
Junior Jordan Sullivan (Sound Beach, New York/Miller Place) and sophomore Stephen Vercollone (Pembroke, Massachusetts/Pembroke) round out Stonehill's All-East Region performers with their first career awards. Sullivan earns the honors for the high jump after clearing a personal-best 6-feet, 4.75-inches at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University, on February 11, while Vercollone posted an NCAA provisional qualifying and personal-best time of 1:53.58 in the 800-meter run at Friday's preliminary rounds to qualify for the finals at the New England Championships on Friday.
Stonehill's Men's Indoor Track & Field All-Region performers:
Mark Hamalian, Junior (West Bridgewater, Massachusetts/Bridgewater-Raynham)
Heptathlon (4,472 points/New England Championships) – personal-best
Anthony Innamorati, Junior (Clinton, Massachusetts/Clinton)
Pole Vault (14-feet, 5.25-inches/New England Championships)
Joe Santo, Senior (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport)
3000-meter run (8:37.66/Beantown Challenge) – personal-best
5000-meter run (14:41.20/New England Championships) – NCAA Provisional Qualifier/personal-best
Jordan Sullivan, Junior (Sound Beach, New York/Miller Place)
High Jump (6-feet, 4.75-inches/David Hemery Valentine Invitational) – personal best
Stephen Vercollone, Sophomore (Pembroke, Massachusetts/Pembroke)
800-meter run (1:53.58/New England Championships) – NCAA Provisional Qualifier/personal-best
The Stonehill men will return to action at the end of March for the start of the outdoor track & field season when it competes at the UMass Lowell Spring Invitational on Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m.
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