Conference title caps season for Plum grad, distance runner Lydon
Penn State-Behrend junior distance runner Denny Lydon, a Plum graduate, enjoyed another successful outdoor track and field season this spring.
He captured his second consecutive Mason-Dixon Conference outdoor championship title in the 10,000 meters May 3 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.
He beat 10 other runners to win in a time of 32:38.34.
On day two of the championships, Lydon finished runner-up in the 5,000 meters at 15:47.02 to earn all-conference honors in the event for the second year in a row.
Lydon had a breakout season in the spring of 2012. In addition to his conference title in the 10,000 and all-conference mark in the 5,000, he broke the school record for both events.
His record-breaking 5,000 run of 15:34.24 set on April 14, 2012, still stands, and he broke his own record in the 10,000 with a run of 32:15.74 on March 30 of this year at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational.
He also set the 2011-12 indoor school records in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
Penn State-Behrend tied the program's best finish at the conference championships, coming in second out of eight teams.
Mt. Union College catcher C.J. Stotler, a Plum High School graduate, saw action in 30 of his teams 41 games this season, and he was in the starting lineup for the Purple Raiders' two NCAA Regional games.
He went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double in Mt. Union's season-ending 5-2 loss to Illinois Wesleyan on May 16.
One day earlier, Stotler collected a hit in three plate appearances in the Purple Raiders' 12-3 regional setback to Manchester (Ind.).
Mt. Union captured the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship, and Stotler had a hit in each of the final two games of the tournament, a pair of wins against Otterbein College.
In the championship game on May 11, Stotler helped an eighth-inning rally, as the Purple Raiders scored two runs to break a 3-3 tie.
Stotler started the rally with a two-out single. He then gave way to a pinch runner, and that pinch runner scored quickly on a triple from the next Mt. Union batter in the order.
Otterbein scored a run in the ninth to pull within one at 5-4 and had a runner on second base. However, the Purple Raiders closed the door and capped the championship win.
Stotler doubled in Mt. Union's 4-2 walk-off win over Otterbein on May 10.
For the season, Stotler finished with 18 hits in 80 at bats. He had five doubles, two home runs, 10 runs batted in and seven runs scored.
His two home runs led the team, which tallied six in 41 games.
Stotler's five doubles ranked him fourth on the Mt. Union squad.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.