Campus clippings: Conference champion Seton Hill track has local flavor
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In recent years, Seton Hill has made a concerted effort to recruit female track and field athletes from the Alle-Kiski Valley area.
The investment is paying off for the Griffins.
Several area women contributed when Seton Hill captured the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title over the weekend in Glenville, W.Va.
Sophomore Vicki Miller (Highlands) won the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 103⁄4 inches and also captured the hammer throw (149-4). She added a third-place finish in the discus (125-2).
Senior Nina Gladysiewski (Ford City) took fourth in the 200 (25.99). Senior Chelsea Cavanaugh (Highlands) was fourth in the 400 (59.53).
Gladysiewski and Cavanaugh also ran for the second-place 1,600-meter relay (4:01.48) and the third-place 400-meter relay (48.64).
Another local product, freshman Kayla Percic (Apollo-Ridge), finished sixth in the discus (107-8).
Seton Hill finished with 201 points to cruise past second-place Wheeling Jesuit (165). Seton Hill's men also claimed a conference title.
Women's track and field
West Virginia Wesleyan
Sophomore Vicki Crise (Highlands) won the 100-meter hurdles at the WVIAC Championships with a time of 15.10. The finish earned her all-conference honors.
Crise, who transferred from Winthrop, also finished fourth in the 400 (1:07.57) and ran a leg of the fourth-place 1,600-meter relay.
Men's track and field
Penn State Behrend
Junior Dennis Lydon (Plum) defended his title in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:38.34 at the Mason Dixon Championships.
West Virginia Wesleyan
Freshman Alan Crise (Highlands) completed the decathlon at the WVIAC Championships, finishing first in the 1,500-meter run (4:34.39) and collecting runner-up finishes in the 400 (51.68) and 110-meter hurdles (16.31). She was third in the pole vault (10-2) and fourth in the long jump (19-21⁄2).
Crise was fifth overall in the competition. He also finished second in the regular 400 (56.12) and sixth in the 110 hurdles (15.90).
Freshman third baseman Joe Killian (Springdale) was named Allegheny's Men's Athlete of the Week. Killian is hitting .377 in 37 games for the Gators (24-14, 11-7 NCAC) and is second on the team in runs (28) and RBI (29).
Redshirt freshman second baseman Dylan Wolsonovich (Ford City) has helped the Panthers (36-11, 15-3 Big East) earn a berth in the Big East Tournament. Wolsonovich is hitting .278 with 30 runs, two homers and 16 RBI. He has played in 34 games, starting 27.
Pitt is ranked No. 17 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.
Senior third baseman Jeff Campbell (Highlands) led the Mountain Cats in home runs (5), triples (5) and slugging percentage (.617) this season. He also finished with a .359 batting average and drove in 33 runs.
Senior outfielder Eric Steiniger (Leechburg) is batting .416 and leads the Tomcats (24-16, 17-6 PAC) in hits (67), runs (43) and doubles (14). He also is 14 for 14 on stolen-base attempts.
A number of local players contributed to the Gators' North Coast Athletic Conference championship, including NCAC Tournament MVP Caitlin Nealer (Valley). The standout sophomore pitcher allowed just four earned runs and struck out 30 in four games. She tossed a five-hitter in a 3-2 win over Wittenberg to clinch the title.
Junior outfielder Maureen Pallone (Valley) drove in eight runs in the four tournament wins and earned all-tournament honors. Freshman catcher Katrina George (Valley) homered, and freshman designated-hitter Allie Landowski (Burrell) had an RBI in the clinching seventh game.
Nealer also was named to the all-NCAC second team. She leads the NCAC in strikeouts (254) and innings pitched (2122⁄3).
Allegheny (21-18) moves on to the NCAA Division III Tournament and will face John Carroll (26-11) at 2 p.m. Thursday in Angola, Ind., in a first-round regional game.
Penn State New Kensington
Junior Tarra Oravec (Kiski Area) was named Penn State University Athletic Conference Player of the Year and picked for the PSUAC first team after leading the Lions in six offensive categories as well as filling the role of pitching ace. Oravec hit .444 with 28 hits, eight home runs and 29 RBI. On the mound, she was 7-9 with a 3.27 ERA, 86 strikeouts and 23 walks.
St. Francis (Pa.)
Junior catcher Chelsy Cosentino (Kiski Area) earned Cosida Academic All-District honors with her 3.95 grade-point average. Cosentino led the Red Flash (25-30, 6-14 NEC) in batting average (.354), hits (64), doubles (13), RBI (29) and total bases (95). Her hit total was two off the school record.
Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year Ronit Yurovsky (Plum) will play in the NCAA Individual Championships set for May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. Yurovsky is 30-8 in singles this season, including an 18-4 mark in dual matches.
The singles draw features a 64-player field.
St. Francis (Pa.)
Junior Ann Colligan (Kittanning) recorded her third straight top-10 finish at the Northeast Conference Championships, finishing fourth after rounds of 78-76-78 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
— Bill Beckner Jr.
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