District college notebook: Duquesne men's, women's cross country sweep opener
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 6:54 p.m.
• The cross country teams had a perfect start at the Duquesne Duals on Saturday at Schenley Park. The men went 5-0 against Pitt, Robert Morris, Carnegie Mellon, Youngstown State and St. Vincent. Redshirt sophomore Bob Gasior (Central Catholic) finished first. The women had the top nine finishers in defeating Pitt, Youngstown State and Carnegie Mellon. Graduate student Carly Seymour, who previously ran at Duke, won by nearly 30 seconds.
• Freshman Brendan Keany won Saturday's Westminster Fisher Invitational, becoming the first Jackets cross country runner to win an individual title in the modern era of the program, according to coach Chris Hardie. The host Titans won the seven-team event.
• Sophomore volleyball player Brittany Sample was MVP of the season-opening Blue-Gold Invitational, helping the Mountaineers go 3-0 and win the title. Sample recorded 119 assists, leading victories over Toledo, Eastern Illinois and Loyola-Chicago.
Penn State Behrend
• Freshman golfer Nick VanDamia won the Pitt-Bradford Invitational with a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday at Pine Acres Country Club. The Lions won the 12-team event, beating second-place Thiel by four strokes.
• Senior runner Genie Fratto (Latrobe) finished first in the Westminster Fisher Invitational on Saturday, helping the Bearcats to the title in the nine-team meet.
• The Robert Morris women's soccer team improved to 3-0 for the first time in program history. Sophomore Madison Kozlowski (Seneca Valley) scored twice, giving her three goals this season. The Colonials host Pitt at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
• Carnegie Mellon volleyball coach Kim Kelly earned her 400th career win Saturday during the Westminster College “Volley Against Violence” Tournament. Kelly reached the milestone with a 3-0 triumph over Baldwin Wallace. She also recorded her 150th victory at CMU. Kelly is 400-216 overall in 18 years, and she is 150-134 in nine years with the Tartans.
• The Penn State women's volleyball team (2-0) moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in this week's AVCA Coaches' poll. The Nittany Lions topped Syracuse and then-No. 19 Louisville at the Penn State Invitational. Junior setter Micha Hancock was named MVP.
• West Virginia women's soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown earned her 250th career victory in a 4-0 win against Central Michigan on Friday. WVU won again Sunday, so Izzo-Brown improved to 251-97-37 all-time. She is 238-92-37 in 18 seasons with the Mountaineers.
• Former Allegheny women's soccer standout Emily Karr (Pine-Richland) was named to the all-decade team for the North Coast Athletic Conference as part of the league's 30th anniversary. Karr, a four-year starter from 2008-11, was selected for the 2003-2012 period. She is Allegheny's all-time leader with 43 shutouts.
• Former Mercyhurst women's hockey player Jess Jones was selected third overall by the Brampton Thunder in last week's Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft. Jones, who had 154 points in 138 games with Mercyhurst from 2008-12, will join four other former Lakers in the five-team CWHL. Former Robert Morris goaltender Delayne Brian was a second-round pick by Team Alberta last week. Brian graduated in May after playing in six games for the Colonials last winter. She began her collegiate career at Wayne State.
• The Presidents' Athletic Conference will add men's and women's indoor track and field as official sports starting next fall.
• The IUP football team is ranked 10th in the d2football.com preseason poll. The Crimson Hawks, who also were picked in the top 25 in three other preseason polls, open Saturday at 1 p.m. at Southern Connecticut State.
• West Virginia (3-0-1) will take on two ACC powers this weekend at the Duke Nike Classic in Durham, N.C. WVU faces the No. 12 Blue Devils at 6 p.m. Friday and No. 1 North Carolina at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Tar Heels are the defending national champions.
• West Virginia (1-0-1) will visit two top-5 teams this weekend, playing No. 3 Georgetown at 4 p.m. Friday and No. 1 Indiana at 8 p.m. Sunday. The Hoosiers beat the Hoyas in the national title game last season.
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