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Monessen grad Irwin concludes track career at Youngstown State

| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Former Monessen High school standout sprinter Tarelle Irwin concluded his consistent collegiate career at Youngstown State University.

At the 2013 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, he finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.67 seconds and was a member of the second-place 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay teams. Irwin also placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.92 seconds and had a throw of 42.73 meters in the javelin.

He helped the men's team finish third with 87 total points. The Penguins finished behind only Milwaukee (231) and Loyola (171) universities.

Last winter Irwin concluded the indoor season by winning the Horizon League championship in the 200 meters with a time of 21.64 seconds. Irwin also took third place in the 60-meter dash at 6.91 seconds. His strong showing helped Youngstown State finish third in the team standings with 78 points.

At the 2012 outdoor championships Irwin ran the first leg of the men's 400-meter relay team that finished in 41.40 seconds and won the league title.

During his scholastic career at Monessen, Irwin won the WPIAL Class AA championship in both the 100- and 200-meter events in 2009. He then won the PIAA Class AA 200-meter state title at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a time of 22.25 seconds. Irwin also placed third in the 100-meters with a time of 10.89 seconds. He placed third in the 200 meters at the 2008 PIAA Class AA meet.

Day football dwindles

At one time in the late 1970s, nearly 40 WPIAL football teams played games on Saturday afternoons. This season that list is down to four.

The schools that still play on Saturday afternoons are Riverview, Summit Academy, Western Beaver and Wilkinsburg. Bishop Canevin will play three of its home games at Dormont Stadium on Saturday nights.

Shenango had played its home games on Saturday nights but has changed them to Friday nights this autumn. However, the Wildcats played a Saturday day game at Western Beaver on Oct. 9.

South Side Beaver installed lights this past offseason and has all its home games on Friday nights.

NCAA Division II grows

The NCAA Division II membership will grow this fall after eight new members and a 24th conference was approved for active status by the Division II Membership Committee during its July 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis.

The Division II Membership Committee also approved two other schools for acceptance into the division's three-year membership process. All membership changes took effect Sept. 1.

Following the acceptance of the Mountain East Conference earlier this year, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) will become the second new conference to gain active status in Division II beginning in 2013-14. Both conferences include previous members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), which disbanded following the 2012-13 academic year.

The G-MAC originally applied for Division II membership in 2012 and spent the past year completing an educational assessment to become an active member conference. Members of the G-MAC for the 2013-14 academic year include Alderson Broaddus (Philippi, W.Va.) University, Cedarville (Ohio) University, Central State (Wilberforce, Ohio) University, Davis & Elkins (Elkins, W.Va.) University, Kentucky Wesleyan (Owensboro, Ky.) College, Ohio Valley (Vienna, W.Va.) College, Salem International (Salem, W.Va.) University, Trevecca Nazarene (Nashville, Tenn.) University and Ursuline (Wickliffe, Ohio).

The eight institutions the Division II Membership Committee recommend advance from provisional status into active status include: Black Hills State (Spearfish, S.D.), University, California Baptist (Riverside, Calif.) University, Lindenwood (St. Charles, Mo.) University, Malone (Canton, Ohio) University, McKendree (Lebanon, Ill.) University, South Dakota (Rapid City, S.D.) School of Mines, Ursuline (Pepper Pike, Ohio) College and Walsh (North Canton, Ohio) University.

The new members increase NCAA Division II's active membership for 2013-14 to 293 institutions.

Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.