Innamorati Highlights Day One for Men's Track & Field at New England Championships

Sophonore Anthony Innamorati earns All-New England honors for the first time with his seventh place finish in the pole vault. (PHOTO BY Bob Blanchard)

NE-10 champion pole vaulter earns All-New England honors for first time

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (May 13, 2016) – Stonehill College sophomore pole vaulter Anthony Innamorati (Clinton, Massachusetts/Clinton) earned All-New England honors for the first time in his career to headline day one for the Stonehill College men's track and field program at the 2016 New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Southern Connecticut State University, at Jess Dow Field today.

Innamorati, the two-time Northeast-10 Conference pole vault champion, earned All-New England honors for the first time in his career with his seventh place finish in the event, when he cleared a program-record matching height of 15-feet, 5-inches. He cleared the personal-best height on his third attempt after eclipsing the first two progressions on the first try. Innamorati matched the program record height set by Luke Byrnes '13 at the 2013 Skyhawk Invitational.

Junior Joe Santo (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport) finished 13th in the field of 29 runners in the 5000-meter run with an outdoor personal-best time of 15:02.26, good for first among Division II entries in the race. Classmate Daniel Nolan (Chelmsford, Massachusetts/Chelmsford) placed 16th in 15:18.99.

Junior Joe Santo recorded an outdoor PR in the 5000-meter run today. (PHOTO BY Bob Blanchard)

Innamorati earned two points for Stonehill in the team standings with his seventh place finish. The Skyhawks sit in 19th place in the team standings after the first day of the championships – tied for fourth among Division II programs. Division I University of Rhode Island leads the team standings with 45 points, followed by Northeastern University with 34 points and host Southern Connecticut State with 24.

Other Stonehill Results Included: 

Junior All-American Matt Baldasare (Mansfield, Massachusetts/Mansfield) finished 17th in the 400-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 49.76-seconds.

Freshman Joe Connolly (Wilmington, Massachusetts/Austin Prep) placed 21st in the preliminary round for the 200-meter dash with an outdoor personal-best time of 22.45-seconds.

Sophomore Stefan Balestra (Lincoln, Rhode Island/Lincoln) placed 21st in the hammer throw with a distance of 146-feet, 3-inches.

The New England Championships conclude on Saturday, with field events getting underway at noon with the men's discus throw and women's shot put, as well the unseeded 3000-meter steeplechase on the track.

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