Local college notebook: Seton Hill earns 1st WVIAC Presidents' Cup
Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Seton Hill won its first West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Presidents' Cup title in the league's final year of existence, producing the highest average score in sports sponsored by the conference.
Points are awarded for regular-season finishes in each sport and are based on the number of schools competing for championships.
Seton Hill's score of 8.79 edged second-place Charleston (W.Va.), which had 8.71.
The Griffins were third in the WVIAC Commissioner's Cup race, awarded to the school with the highest cumulative score from final standings of conference sports.
Seton Hill, with 144.19 points, finished behind West Virginia Wesleyan, which won its sixth consecutive title and 20th in the past 22 seasons with 148.77; and Charleston, with 145.92.
With the WVIAC set to disband Sept. 1, Seton Hill and Pitt Johnstown — Pennsylvania's lone representatives — will join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season.
Tops in track and field
A spotlight remained on the Seton Hill track and field programs long after the season had ended.
The women's team, which won the scoring title at the WVIAC Championships on May 5, capped its final year in the conference by producing the league's top two competitors.
Sophomore Mallory Sanner, who won the javelin event at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships on May 25 in Pueblo, Colo., was named WVIAC Field Athlete of the Year.
Sanner won the title with a school-record throw measuring 162 feet, 2 inches.
Senior Jeannie Bujdos was named WVIAC Track Athlete of the Year after setting a conference meet record by winning the 10,000 meters in 36 minutes, 36.03 seconds.
Bujdos previously won individual honors at the WVIAC Cross Country Championships.
Seton Hill third baseman Nick Sell, one of the top hitters in NCAA Division II, was named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Sell, a sophomore, batted .431 in 58 games for the Griffins and finished fourth in voting for the Tino Martinez Award, given to the top player in Division II.
He led Seton Hill in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits and walks.
Pitt Greensburg senior David Coradi was chosen as one of 10 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Male Athletes of the Year by the AMCC Faculty Athletics Representatives, and Seton Hill senior Aaron Kurzinski was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's Track and Field/Cross Country Team, recognizing combined athletic and academic performances.
Coradi was an applied mathematics major with a minor in statistics, earning a 3.88 grade-point average. He received the UPG Campana Math Award and achieved Dean's List recognition in all eight semesters.
Coradi also was named to the Chi Alpha Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Mu Epsilon honor societies. He was a member of the UPG Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was influential in organizing a Special Olympics fundraiser known as “SOPA Hoops Sunday,” which has become an annual campus event.
As a rightfielder and pitcher, Coradi was a four-year baseball letterman, serving as team captain in 2013.
Kurzinski, a Hempfield graduate, earned All-America honors in track and field with a sixth-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships on March 8 in Birmingham, Ala.
Exp-UPG tennis star named Bobcats' coach
Maria Iovino, the career leader in singles and doubles victories in women's tennis at Pitt Greensburg, was named coach of the UPG men's and women's programs.
Iovino, a 2012 graduate of UPG who served one season as a student assistant coach for the Bobcats men's team, succeeds Glenn Smith, who resigned to pursue other interests.
During Iovino's playing career, the UPG women's team qualified for two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships. As a senior, Iovino posted an 8-0 record in singles matches and teamed with Cayla Ray for a 6-2 mark in doubles play.
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