Seton Hill runner qualifies for nationals

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 8:53 p.m.

Jon Bogert has become the first Seton Hill University cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships.

A sixth-place finish on Saturday at the Division II Atlantic Region meet in Lock Haven was the highest showing at an NCAA regional event by the Seton Hill men's program.

In the women's race, Seton Hill finished eighth.

Bogert placed ninth to earn top individual honors for the Seton Hill men's team. His time of 31 minutes, 36 seconds qualified him for the Division II National Championships on Nov. 17 at Missouri Southern University.

Justin Weaver placed 13th, completing the 10K course in 31:46. Both runners earned spots on the all-region team.

Jeannie Bujdos was Seton Hill's top individual runner in the women's 6K race, finishing 20th in 21:54 to earn back-to-back all-region honors, a first at Seton Hill.

More SHU honors

Seton Hill University women's soccer players Brenna O'Leary and Kara Lopoyda have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All District team.

They are the first women's soccer players to earn the award since Seton Hill joined NCAA Division II in 2006.

O'Leary, a junior midfielder, is a business major with a 3.92 grade-point average, while Lopoyda, a junior defender, is an education major with a 3.93 GPA.

O'Leary scored one goal and contributed a team-high four assists this season. Lopoyda, who scored two goals, was the leader of the Griffins' backline that yielded just 21 goals in 18 games.

Both players are eligible for the national College Sports Information Directors of America award.

Hoops predictions

Despite returning four of its top five scorers from 2011, the Seton Hill University women's basketball team was picked to finish ninth among 15 teams in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in a preseason poll of the league's coaches.

Seton Hill is led by Paige Alviani, a second-team all-conference selection after averaging 15.5 points with a team-high 110 assists. Tiara Stossel also averaged double figures in scoring a year ago at 11.9, while Katie Gattuso led the Griffins in rebounding (6.9 rpg.).

The Seton Hill men's team was chosen to finish 11th among 15 teams in the WVIAC preseason poll. The Griffins' backcourt tandem of David Windsor and Oliver McGlade could see their roles increase.

As part-time starters in 2011, McGlade (3.6 ppg.) averaged more than 16 minutes a game while registering 44 assists and shooting 43.5 percent from 3-point range, while Windsor (3.9 ppg.) averaged nearly 20 minutes per game and shot 44 percent.

In the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg men's team was predicted to finish fifth out of 10 AMCC teams.

The UPG women's team also was chosen to finish fifth in the AMCC.

Sophomore Morgan Biddle, a third-team all-conference player as a freshman, returns after ranking in the top 10 in the league in blocks, offensive rebounds and total rebounds per game and free-throw percentage.

Sophomore Courtney DiBridge, a Hempfield High School product, also returns after ranking third in the league in 3-point shooting.

baseball camp

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will offer a six-week basetball camp starting Jan. 13. Coach Anthony Williams will serve as director for the program, which is being sanctioned by the U.S. Baseball Academy.

Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 but are limited to six players per coach. Entry fee of $99 includes all sessions. Proceeds will benefit amateur baseball programs in Greensburg.

Register at or by calling 866-622-4487.

Thanksgiving Trot

The 21st annual Greensburg Thanksgiving Trot will be Nov. 24 in downtown Greensburg. The 5K run/walk is for runners of all ages and levels. The race will begin at 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the local chapter of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Greensburg Fire Department, Westmoreland Red Cross, the Second Chance Equine Society and the Greensburg Humane Society.

Register at or pick up a form at Big Brothers Big Sisters, 106 N. Main St. Or call 724-836-5310. Registration is $25.

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