District college notes: GCC grad Byrne-Houser honored again

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Robert Morris senior cross country runner Mac Byrne-Houser (Greensburg Central Catholic/Greensburg) was named Northeast Conference Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. He also was named on Sept. 17.

Byrne-Houser finished 11th in the Penn State Invitational on Oct. 18 to earn the honor. It was the third consecutive race that he finished in the top 15.

Robert Morris will be competing in the Northeast Conference championship Saturday at St. Francis (Pa.).

Seton Hill women 5th

The Seton Hill women's cross country team finished fifth in its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship on Oct. 19.

SHU finished the race with 166 points. Mansfield captured the PSAC Championship with 65 points. Edinboro was second (77), Shippensburg third (103) and Indiana (Pa.) fourth (118). The Griffin men were 13th, with Lock Haven taking home the conference title.

Jeannie Bujdos was the top Griffin finisher, coming in 17th place in a time of 22:59.3. Alyssa Brandis was 19th with a time of 23:05.7.

Seton Hill volleyball wins

The Seton Hill women's volleyball team ran its winning streak to nine games Oct. 19 following a sweep of Gannon in a PSAC-West match. Seton Hill is 24-5 overall and 11-3 in PSAC play.

The Griffins sit in third place behind leader California (15-0) and second place Clarion (12-1). Gannon (9-6) is fourth and Mercyhurst (8-7) is fifth. The top four seeds finishers make the PSAC playoffs.

UPG Barkman gets award

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has named Pitt-Greensburg's Jaime Barkman (Aliquippa/Hopewell) as Volleyball Player of the Week.

Barkman, a senior captain and four-year starter, had a season-high 19 kills against Pitt-Bradford to move into third place all-time for the Bobcats with 543 career kills. Barkman also moved into first place all-time for blocks. The senior tallied 33 kills (4.125/set), seven blocks (.875/set), and 10 digs (1.25/set). In the conference, Barkman is ranked sixth in hitting percentage (.239) and ninth in kills (2.26/set).

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