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Trinity Men's Track And Field Athletes And Squad Receive Numerous Honors For Academics And Sportsmanship

Trinity Men's Track And Field Athletes And Squad Receive Numerous Honors For Academics And Sportsmanship

Hartford Conn. – Men's track and field senior Lucas Duros (Wilmette, Ill.) was named as Trinity College's 2019 senior male scholar athlete of the year (ECAC Award) at the annual Trinity Athletics Award ceremony in May, while senior captain Ben Feola (Woodbridge, Conn.), sophomore Stephen Tyler (Weston, Conn.), and first-year Kinnard Hughes (Chicago, Ill.) each received United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors, and the Bantam squad was recognized as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.  Duros was also joined by senior co-captains William Duggan (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Joe Ruggiero (Manchester, Conn.), seniors Joseph DiBacco (Reading, Mass.), Myles Walsh (Winchester, Mass.), and Michael Zarra (Cheshire Conn.) and sophomores William Estony (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and Erkin Verbeek (Bethesda, Md.) on the 2018-19 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Winter and Spring All-Academic Teams, and Jack McInnis (North Andover, Mass.) on the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. Walsh was additonally chosen to represent Trinity men's track and field on the NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team. The Bantams, under Head Coach John Michael Mason, finished 13th in the New England Division III Indoor Championships. In the spring, Trinity placed 11th at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships and 24th in the New England Division III Championships.

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.30 and either competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship, or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.To receive NESCAC All-Academic honors, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be in good standing on their team with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50. The NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. In order to be eligible for selection, student-athletes must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season.

Duros, an eight-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree in track and field and cross country, was a distance runner for the Bantams. A Trinity men's cross country captain this fall, Duros received the college's junior male scholar-athlete of the year honor (Bob Harron Award) in 2017-18. Duros is an alum of New Trier High School and graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in engineering. He is the son of Margaret and Joan Duros.  Duggan, a six-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, was a thrower for the Bantams and posted Trinity's top distance in the javelin throw (162'08") this spring. An alum of Glastonbury High School, Duggan graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in biology and environmental science. He is the son of Karen Duggan and William Duggan, Jr.

Ruggiero, a six-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree in track and field and cross country, competed in the distance events and steeplechase for the Bantams. He earned All-New England honors this spring with Trinity's fastest time of the season (9:38.06) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase this spring, and won both the 3,000-meter race in the Wesleyan Invitational and the 5,000-meter run at Smith College's Pioneer Invitational this winter. Ruggiero also collected All-New England recognition in the 4x800-meter indoor relay as a rookie in 2015-16. An alum of Manchester High School, Ruggiero graduate from Trinity in May with a degree in environmental science. He is the son of Sharon and Robert Ruggiero.

DiBacco, a four-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, has been a sprinter for the Bantams after joining the team in his third year on campus. An alum of Reading Memorial High School, DiBacco graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in economics. He is the son of Laura and Michael DiBacco.  Walsh, a six-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, was a thrower for the Bantams. He won the weight throw at the Wesleyan Invitational this winter and both the discus throw and the hammer throw at the Trinity Invitational this spring. An alum of Belmont Hill School, Walsh graduated in May with a degree in environmental science.  Zarra, a four-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, was a pole vaulter for the Bantams. He posted Trinity's highest mark of 12'05.50" during the indoor season and its top mark of 10'06.00" in the outdoor season in 2018-19. An alum of Cheshire High School, Zarra graduated in May with a degree in history. He is the son of Angelia and Anthony Zarra.

Estony is a distance runner for the Bantams. He posted Trinity fastest time of the spring at 33:57.27 in the 10,000-meter run. He was also a NESCAC All-Academic honoree in cross country this fall. A graduate of Trinity Pawling School, Estony is majoring in computer science at Trinity. He is the son of Kathleen and Frank Estony.  Verbeek is a middle distance runner for the Bantams. He received All-New England honors this spring as part of Trinity's 4x800-meter relay that placed fifth in the New England Division III Championships with a time of 7:51.22, and was also a NESCAC All-Academic honoree in cross country this fall. A graduate of Georgetown Day School, Verbeek is majoring in engineering at Trinity. He is the son of Vildan Verbeek-Demiraydin and Jos Verbeek.

USTFCCCA All-Academic information

USTFCCCA All-Academic Team information

Trinity Athletic Award information

NESCAC All-Academic information

NESCAC All-Sportsmanship information