Men's Track & Field Wraps up Weekend at 51st Colonial Relays

Sophomore Anthony Innamorati placed third in the pole vault on Saturday.

Innamorati places third in pole vault with personal best matching performance

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 2, 2016) – The Stonehill College men's track & field program wrapped up its weekend competing among 63 programs, including 43 at the NCAA Division I level, at one of the largest scored meets in the country on day three of the 51st annual Colonial Relays, hosted by William & Mary University, at Walter J. Zable Stadium and Dan Stimson Throwing Areas today.

Sophomore Anthony Innamorati (Clinton, Massachusetts/Clinton) highlighted Stonehill's Saturday performances as he finished third out of 21 entries in the University Division pole vault competition with a personal-best matching height of 14-feet, 1.25-inches. Freshman Daniel Bomba (Putnam Valley, New York/Iona Prep) placed 12th at a personal-best 13-01.50.

Freshman John Onken (Holbrook, New York/Sachem North) finished 13th out of 33 runners in the University Division 5000-meter run with his time of 15:31.99, while junior Daniel Nolan (Chelmsford, Massachusetts/Chelmsford) placed 15th in 15:33.16.

Sophomore Jonathan Naval (Stratford, Connecticut/Bunnell) placed 11th in the University Division triple jump with a distance of 41-feet, 9.75-inches.

Stonehill turned in a 14th place finish in the 4x1500-meter relay with a time of 16:21.27. Freshman Alexander Demeule (Merrimac, Massachusetts/Pentucket Regional) ran the lead leg, followed by classmate Lucas Taxter (Readville, Massachusetts/Xaverian Brothers), sophomore Sam Bradford (Bedford, Massachusetts/Bedford) and freshman Riley Dowd (Peabody, Massachusetts/Peabody Veterans Memorial) on the anchor leg.

Stonehill's 4x400-meter relay finished 18th, good for fourth among non-Division I entries, with a time of 3:25.97. Freshman Daniel Madsen (West Haven, Connecticut/Notre Dame-West Haven) ran the lead leg, followed by junior All-American Matt Baldasare (Mansfield, Massachusetts/Mansfield), sophomore Patrick Ahern (Charlotte, North Carolina/Providence Day School) and then sophomore Ruddy Severino (Methuen, Massachusetts/Methuen) on the anchor leg.

Freshman John Onken placed 13th in the 5000m.

Stonehill's 4x800-meter relay finished 18th with a time of 7:58.25 as one of two non-Division I programs competing in the University Division event. Sophomore Jason Dimmick (Sutton, Massachusetts/Sutton) ran the lead leg, followed by freshman Stephen Vercollone (Pembroke, Massachusetts/Pembroke), junior Stephen Bomba (Putnam Valley, New York/Iona Prep) and then freshman David Lockhart (Stoughton, Massachusetts/Stoughton) running the anchor leg.

On Friday, sophomore Stefan Balestra (Lincoln, Rhode Island/Lincoln) competed in the Championship University Division of the hammer throw and placed 13th with a distance of 146-feet, 9-inches. He was one of just five Division II and III throwers in the championship division for the event. Senior Mason Griffin (Wellesley, Massachusetts/Wellesley) placed eighth out of 26 competitors in the University Division hammer throw with a distance of 136-feet, 11-inches, ranking second among non-Division I throwers. Griffin was also fourth out of 38 entries in the University Division shot put with a distance of 48-feet, 6.25-inches.  

Junior Joe Santo (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport) finished 21st out of 43 entries in the University Division 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:45.35 – good for fourth among non-Division I runners in the event.

Stonehill competes at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by American International College, next Saturday in a preview of next month's Northeast-10 Conference Championships at 10 a.m. Stonehill will host its annual Skyhawk Invitational on Saturday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m.

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