Seneca Valley's Bilka named D-III honorable mention
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Penn State Behrend pole vault specialist Dylan Bilka (Seneca Valley) was selected for an honorable mention NCAA Division III male athlete of the week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association.
Bilka was honored by the USTFCCCA for breaking the school record at the Allegheny Gator Invitational. Despite facing adverse weather conditions, Bilka cleared 5.05 meters (16-63⁄4 feet) to take first place in the event, which included the 2013 NCAA Indoor champion. It also was the third-best height in D-III track this season.
• Slippery Rock's 4x100 relay team narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA D-II championships despite running a school-record time of 40.92 seconds. The cutoff was 40.78 seconds. Among the relay runners were senior Mason McLaughlin (Butler) and sophomore Hunter Williams (Seneca Valley).
Junior sprinter Jonathan Boyd (Seneca Valley) ran the 110-meter hurdles in 14.46 seconds, barely missing the final accepted entry of 14.31 seconds. Senior distance runner Eric Geddis (Seneca Valley) had a 9:19 entry in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, missing the championships by 11 seconds.
• Clarion junior Allyson Cress (Knoch) earned all-PSAC honors with a third-place finish in the shot put (41-71⁄4). It was the third outdoor all-PSAC finish for Cress, who also was third in the shot put at the 2013 PSAC Indoor Championship.
Nick Rossmiller (Butler) of Thiel College was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference player of the year for his exploits as a first baseman/pitcher. Rossmiller, a senior, led the PAC in batting average (.436) and was second in slugging percentage (.636) and on-base percentage (.475). He also dominated on the mound, going 7-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 13 starts. He threw the first perfect game in Thiel history and finished fourth in the conference with 53 strikeouts.
Thiel senior second baseman Eric King (Butler) also was a first-team all-conference selection. Waynesburg shortstop Kyle Sasala (Seneca Valley) was a second-team selection.
• Washington & Jefferson pitcher Tyler Dean (Mars) got the win that sent the Presidents to their ninth conference baseball title and a berth in the D-III tournament with an 8-3 victory against Thomas More. Dean pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He had three strikeouts.
• Penn State Behrend senior first baseman Vinny Rice (Seneca Valley) was a first-team selection in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Rice established career bests in batting average (.382), hits (42), RBI (24) and runs scored (20). He also set a single-season school record with 302 putouts. Rice had two RBI in a 9-5 victory over La Roche that clinched the AMCC conference title and a berth in the D-III tournament.
In Penn State Behrend's regular-season finale against Mount Union, reliever Matt Parmes (Seneca Valley) earned his third win of the season with three scoreless innings. Jay Condit (Seneca Valley) quieted a ninth-inning rally.
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