Cacciapaglia, Maloney Receives All-Region Recognition
By Space Coast Daily // May 29, 2013
Duo among South Region’s top five in their events
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech graduate student Chris Cacciapaglia and rising sophomore Phil Maloney have been awarded United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region.
Cacciapaglia, a biological sciences-ecology major, earned the award based on his performance in the 1,500-meter run. He ran the race below four minutes two times this spring. He recorded a program and career-best 3:58.02 at the University of South Florida Open on March 8.
About one month later, he ran a 3:59.64 at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Spikes Classic on April 5.
FIT’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year, Cacciapaglia also excelled in the 800-meter run. He holds the program’s eight best times in the event, including the top mark of 1:56.06 set at the University of North Florida Spring Break Invitational. Cacciapaglia is also the program record holder in the one-mile run.
MALONEY FIFTH IN RECORD BOOK
Maloney, a mechanical engineering major, was FIT’s second hammer throw participant named all-region in two years. One season ago, current graduate assistant Ja’Mar Watson received the honor.
Maloney hurled the hammer a season-best 44.88 meters at the ERAU Spikes Classic, and his mark was good for fifth in the program’s record book. He also competed in the shot put, discus and weight throw in his first season.
The top five from each region in individual events, and each member of a relay, ranked in the region’s top three were named all-region.
Cacciapaglia and Maloney were among 670 male honorees.