Honka, Mattson Earn All-Academic Honors; Four Named to All-Rookie Team

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

KINGSTON, R.I. - Seniors Ondrej Honka and Joseph Mattson were both named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team, the league announced Wednesday.

Honka earned academic all-conference for the fifth time in his career, and the third year in a row he has earned a spot on the outdoor team. He has also earned all-academic honors during the 2015 and 2017 indoor seasons.

Honka was the first pole vaulter in Rhode Island history to qualify for the NCAA Regionals three times in his career. This year, he finished 39th after clearing his opening height of 4.85 meters. At the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship, Honka finished runner-up after clearing 4.85 meters. Honka had a season-best 5.08 meter clearance at the IC4A's, placing fourth.

A native of Opava, Czech Republic, Honka graduated in 2017 with a degree in supply chain management with a 3.86 GPA. He is now enrolled in the MBA program and has cumulated a GPA of 3.73.

Mattson earned academic all-conference for the second time in his career. He was the anchor of the 1-4 hammer sweep by Rhode Island with a throw of 52.03 meters for fourth at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship. Mattson had a season-best 53.48 meter hammer throw at the IC4A's.

The Newport, R.I. native owns a 3.76 GPA as a Mechanical Engineering major.

The Rams also had four individuals named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. Anthony Delasanta (400 meters), Derek Jacobs (discus), Drew Nealey (decathlon) and Trevor Rooney (triple jump) all earned all-rookie honors.

The all-rookie team is comprised of the top-rookie performer in each event from meets conducted from the start of the regular season through the Atlantic 10 Championships. The teams were selected based off meet results submitted through the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).

Men's Academic All-Conference Team
Sean Cavaney, Davidson
Ryan Kutch, Fordham
John Seals, George Mason
Carter Day, George Washington
Chris Shaffer, George Washington
Ondrej Honka, Rhode Island
Joseph Mattson, Rhode Island
David Dorsey, Saint Joseph's
Dan Savage, Saint Joseph's
Brett Kowalczyk, Saint Louis

Men's All-Rookie Team
Casey Conboy, Duquesne - 3,000 meter Steeplechase
Timothy Criss Jr., Duquesne - Hammer
Isaac Elliott, Duquesne - 100 meters, 200 meters
Harvey Kane, Duquesne - Long Jump
Andrew Carlin, George Mason - 10,000 meters
Nick Corbin, George Mason - 110 meter hurdles
Cameron Faint, George Mason - 400 meter hurdles
Jake Lonsdale, George Mason - 1,500 meters
Avory Ransome, George Mason - Shot Put
Harrison Shotwell, George Mason - Pole Vault
Cameron Steven, George Mason - 800 meters
Anthony Delasanta, Rhode Island - 400 meters
Derek Jacobs, Rhode Island - Discus
Drew Nealey, Rhode Island - Decathlon
Trevor Rooney, Rhode Island - Triple Jump
Xyan Xrichardson, VCU - High Jump