WALTHAM, Mass. – Three members of the Bentley University men's and women's outdoor track and field teams have been selected for Academic All-Northeast-10 Conference honors. They are a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-Americas, Erik Alatalo (Wilmington/Wilmington HS) and Paul Bolick (Hopkinton/ Hopkinton HS), and rising junior Stephanie Mattson (Smithfield, R.I./Smithfield HS).
It was the fifth Academic All-Northeast-10 citation for Alatalo, including his second straight outdoors. Bolick had previously earned the honor twice indoors, and Mattson was a member of the 2017 women's indoor team.
Alatalo, who majored in accountancy and liberal studies, and Bolick (corporate finance and accounting) both graduated Summa Cum Laude with grade point averages exceeding 3.8. Mattson, during her first two Bentley years, achieved a 3.94 while majoring in both actuarial sciences and business studies.
Alatalo closed out his collegiate career by earning Division II All-East honors from the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association in the 10,000 meters. He was eighth in the 10K at the NE10 Outdoor Championships and ranks eighth in program history in the event with his personal best of 31:50.48 Bentley's third best time since 2000.
Bolick, an outdoor All-Region honoree in the 800 meters, finished fifth in the 800 at the NE10's outdoors (1:54.60) and earned All-New England accolades with an eighth place showing at the NEICCCA Championships. His 1:51.68 at the New Englands was the second fastest time in program history.
Mattson had a standout sophomore year, breaking school records in eight events, including the 400 meters, long jump and triple jump outdoors. She achieved All-New England honors three times, had three top-five finishes at the conference championships and was a USTFCCCA All-East performer in both the 400 and long jump.