Sophomore John Gelcius earned All-Conference honors for the javelin for the second-straight year with his second place finish on Friday night.
Lankow and Gelcius earn All-Conference honors, while Thomas dominant in hurdle prelims
Senior Zachary Lankow (Saugus, Mass./St. John's Prep) and sophomore Jonathan Gelcius (Greenwich, Mass./Greenwich) led the Stonehill finalists on day one by earning All-Northeast-10 honors in their events with a pair of second place finishes. Sophomore All-American Corey Thomas (Brookline, Mass./BC High) was dominant in the preliminary round of the 110-meter high hurdles to easily qualify for tomorrow's final as he looks to defend his NE-10 title for that event.
Lankow was edged in the 10,000-meter run by 1.31-seconds as he and American International College freshman Valentin Poncelet both finished under the previous NE-10 Championship record time set in 2003 by Ryan Agnew of Bentley University. Poncelet took first in 32:20.20 to break the previous record of 32:23.54 as well as the facility mark of 32:36.01, while Lankow was right on his heels in 32:21.51.
Gelcius earned All-Northeast-10 honors in the javelin for the second-straight year with another second place finish on Friday. His throw of 183-feet, four-inches was edged out by AIC sophomore Shane Duplice at 186-03. Freshman Taylor Viotto (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills) also scored for the Skyhawks in the event with a distance of 170-05 to place fourth overall.
Senior Zachary Lankow earned All-NE-10 honors for the first time with his second place finish in the 10,000-meter run.
Thomas is safely in tomorrow's 110-meter hurdles final after finishing nearly three quarters of a second faster than the field with his facility record time of 14.75-seconds in the prelims. Freshman Xavier Harris-Dixon (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) tied for the second-fastest qualifying time with a heat run of 15.47-seconds.
Senior Mark White (Milton, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) led four Stonehill competitors in the discus throw with a distance of 127-feet, 4-inches. Classmates Daniel Newton (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial), the defending NE-10 champion for the event, and Patrick Fanning (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) placed eighth and tenth, with throws of 125-03 and 117-05, respectively.
Other Stonehill performances of note:
Sophomore Brandon Dunham (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Plattsburgh) was tenth in the long jump with a distance of 21-feet, 2.50-inches.