West Long Branch, NJ -- Monmouth University junior Vincent DuVernois (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) and senior Peter Matano (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) were both named to the Capital One Academic All-District II men's track & field/cross country teams, which were announced on Thursday afternoon.
To be eligible for the team, which is voted on by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members, an athlete must contribute significantly to his/her team and have a grade-point average of at least 3.30.
DuVernois, the Northeast Conference and IC4A Champion and a 2011 second-team All-American in the javelin, hit 217'6" on his second attempt at the NCAA East Regionals to advance to the finals, where he eventually finished 14th - just 11 inches from his second straight trip the NCAA Finals, despite improving to 217'8" on his last attempt.
The league champion in 2012, DuVernois led the NEC pack in the javelin on the year, posting a heave of 225' 7" (68.77m) at the Penn Relays, while earning a 3.8 GPA in business marketing at Monmouth.
“Vince had another tremendous year," stated head coach Joe Compagni. "He has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches for his exceptional work ethic, and it is great to see him get this honor.”
Matano, who recorded a 3.8 GPA in computer science, set a new school-record for the pole vault during the indoor season this year, clearing 15' 9". The Northeast Conference Indoor pole vault champion, Matano was an IC4A qualifier during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns.
“Pete was one of our team captains this year and really stepped up as a vocal leader for us," added Compagni. "He had an excellent four years and this award is a nice way to cap that off.”
DuVernois and Matano are now eligible for the national CoSIDA/Capitol One Academic All-America ballot.