Seton Hill has special night at awards ceremony
It was quite a night for Seton Hill University women's athletic programs Thursday at the 19th annual Westmoreland County YWCA Sportswomen of the Year Awards banquet.
Sophomore track and field athlete Mallory Sanner, the track team and basketball coach Ferne Labati all received honors.
But the most touching moment came when master of ceremonies Annie Urban asked the crowd to honor late Seton Hill lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley and her unborn son, Jackson, who were killed in a bus crash March 25, with a standing ovation instead of a moment of silence.
The ovation lasted nearly two minutes.
“That was a special moment,” Sanner said. “It was special to me. It was awesome that they did the applauding instead of the moment of silence to recognize her for what she did. I did not know Coach Quigley, but we're all a family at Seton Hill and we all get along.”
Sanner received the Sports Women of The Year honor for Individual Excellence. She became the first female at Seton Hill to earn NCAA Division II All-American honors. She won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic League javelin title and had the fifth-place throw — a school record 158 feet — in the NCAA championships.
“It was awesome to be honored,” Sanner said. “I love to represent Seton Hill. I'm doing what I love to do. People don't really know about track and distances in meters, but it's nice to be recognized for your accomplishments.
“I've been pretty consist all year. I don't know where that throw came in the nationals. I'm throwing better now than I was throwing last year at this time. I'm hoping to get 50 meters at some point this season; it doesn't matter where I get it.”
The Seton Hill track team won the Sportswomen Team of the Year, and Labati was Coach of the Year.
“I was awesome for us as a team to be recognized and awesome for my coach,” Sanner said. “They both got honored for something we really do well at. We have a great group of girls on the track team.”
The other individuals to be honored were: Harrold Middle School's Emily Petrella, Westmoreland Sports Girl of the Year (Individual Excellence); Hempfield Area's Samantha Orie, Westmoreland Sports Girl of the Year (Excellence in a Team Sport); Latrobe's Hanna Green, Westmoreland Sports Teen of the Year (Individual Excellence); Ligonier Valley's Maddy Grimm, Westmoreland Sports Teen of the Year (Excellence in a Team Sport); St. Vincent's Devin McGrath, Sports Woman of the Year (Excellence on a Team Sport); Latrobe swimming team, Westmoreland Teen Sports Team of the Year; Mental Health American of Westmoreland County, Westmoreland Women's Health and Fitness Ward; and St. Vincent College tennis team, 2013 Committee's Choice Recognition.