Men’s Track & Field Competes at Joe Donahue Invitational

Senior Mason Griffin finished tenth in the shot put on Friday night. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Griffin tenth in weight throw, Naval ninth in triple jump to lead Skyhawks 

BOSTON, Mass. (January 22, 2016) – The Stonehill College men's track & field program competed against primarily NCAA Division I competition at the Joe Donahue Invitational, hosted by Northeastern University, at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center tonight.

Senior thrower Mason Griffin (Wellesley, Massachusetts/Wellesley) and sophomore jumper Jon Naval (Stratford, Connecticut/Bunnell) led the way for Stonehill in their field events. Griffin posted a tenth place finish out of 23 competitors in the shot put with a distance of 47-feet, 7.75-inches, while Naval placed ninth out of 15 entries in the triple jump with his distance of 43-feet, 8.00-inches.

Stonehill's 4x400-meter relay team posted an eighth place finish in 3:27.57. Junior Duncan Burleigh (Hingham, Massachusetts/Hingham) ran the lead leg, followed by sophomore Jason Dimmick (Sutton, Massachusetts/Sutton) and freshman David Lockhart (Stoughton, Massachusetts/Stoughton) before freshman Stephen Vercollone (Pembroke, Massachusetts/Pembroke) ran the anchor leg.

Vercollone and Lockhart also led five Stonehill runners in the 1000-meter run. Vercollone finished in 14th place finish out of 38 runners overall with his time of 2:34.33, while Lockhart was 18th in 2:35.58. Junior Stephen Bomba (Putnam Valley, New York/Iona Prep) finished 24th in 2:37.30.

Burleigh posted a 19th place finish out of 38 competitors in the 800-meter run with his time of 1:58.23, while Dimmick finished 25th in 1:58.96.

Sophomore Jon Naval placed ninth in the triple jump. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Senior Robert Massey (Chelmsford, Massachusetts/Chelmsford) led four Stonehill entries in the seeded one mile run with his tenth place finish in 4:20.34. Junior Joe Santo (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport) took 14th out of 26 overall in 4:23.51.

Sophomore Josh Hubbell (Gloucester, Massachusetts/St. John's Prep) took 11th place in the 400-meter dash out of 33 entries with a time of 51.59-seconds. He was also 21st in the long jump after clearing a distance of 20-feet, 0.50-inches. 

Other Stonehill results include:

Sophomore Stefan Balestra (Lincoln, Rhode Island/Lincoln) placed 14th out of 23 entries in the weight throw with his distance of 46-feet, 7.25-inches. 

Junior Matt Baldasare (Mansfield, Massachusetts/Mansfield) placed 18th out of 30 entries in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:07.73.

Freshman Joe Connolly (Wilmington, Massachusetts/Austin Prep) finished 18th out of 59 entries in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.12-seconds. He also placed 24th out of 62 competitors in the 60-meter dash in 7.27-seconds. 

Stonehill is back in action next Saturday when the majority of the team competes at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University, at the BU Track & Tennis Center, at 11 a.m., while the Skyhawks distance runners will compete at the Tufts University Stampede on Saturday as well.

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