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June 19, 1997

Boston College's Sean Mcgehearty Earns GTE Academic All-America At-Large Honors

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College senior Sean McGehearty (Providence, R.I./Classical High School), a three-time All-America selection in the 35-lb. weight and hammer throws, has been selected to the 1997 GTE Academic All-America Spring At-Large Second Team.

The team is chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

McGehearty had earned a spot on the national ballot after being selected to the District I region team last month. The District I region is composed of the six New England states, New York and eastern Canada.

In addition to his three All-America honors, McGehearty is a seven-time All-New England performer and a five-time All-BIG EAST selection. He set an American collegiate record in the 35-lb. weight throw, throwing 72-feet-10-inches to win the IC4A title in March 1997. Later that month, he captured the 1997 NCAA title in the 35-lb. weight throw in Indianapolis (72-feet-3-inches).

McGehearty and his twin brother Mark will represent the United States in the World University Games in Sicily later this summer. The twins earned their positions on the US team with their performances at the US Track & Field Championships that were held at Indiana University from June 13-15, 1997. Mark finished fourth in the hammer event, with a personal-best throw of 230-feet-4-inches. Sean placed ninth in the event with a throw of 217-feet-7-inches.

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