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District college notes: Hempfield grad earns NAIA Award

| Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Point Park senior Keri Rouse, a Hempfield graduate, was one of three members of the women's cross country team named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Rouse was among 296 runners nationwide to earn the distinction, which goes to juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Rouse has a 3.89 GPA while majoring in interdisciplinary design.

Record day for Seton Hill track team

It was quite a performance by the Seton Hill men's and women's indoor track team at the Tiffin meet.

Nicole Malara (Mt. Pleasant) hit four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifying marks and one school record. Malara won the pentathlon and set a school record with 2,964 points and qualified in the high jump, 60-meter hurdle and triple jump.

Jade Woodridge broke the 60-meter record and became the first female to run under 8 seconds (7.96). She also qualified in the long jump.

Jenna Bracken (60 hurdles, triple jump), Angela McCowin (60 hurdles and high jump), Nichelle McMillan (triple jump) and Vicki Miller (shot and weight throw) also hit PSAC qualifying marks.

Toni Davidson placed first in the pole vault.

Algeron Johnson and Taylor Hockman each earned three PSAC qualifying marks. Hockman's events are the long jump, 60-meter dash and triple jump. Johnson set a school record in the heptathlon and qualified in the pole vault and 60 hurdles.

Joe Feagin set a school record in the 60 meters by becoming the first to run under 7 seconds. He also won the 200. Terry Jackson set a school record in the 60-meter hurdles, while Nick Latty (high jump) and Prince Antwi (weight throw) hit qualifying marks.

Seton Hill women earn signature win

Meghan Mastroianni's layup with 3.1 seconds left lifted Seton Hill to a 63-62 victory over No. 25 ranked Indiana (Pa.). It was the first loss of the season for IUP (6-1, 2-1 PSAC-West).

Paige Alviani led Seton Hill (5-3, 1-3 PSAC-West) with 17 points. Katie Gattuso chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Mastroianni and Tiara Stossel each had 12 points.

It also was the team's first victory in the new conference.

Smith shines for WCCC men

Zach Smith is averaging 22.5 points per game for the Westmoreland County Community College men's basketball team.

The team is 1-8 overall with its lone win over Penn State DuBois.

Smith transferred from Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Jordon Ruggiero (Hempfield) is averaging 9.8 points per game and Tyler Swan (Hempfield) 7.2.

Seton Hill baseball schedule set

The Seton Hill baseball team's schedule was released and the Griffins open the season at Barton, N.C., on Feb. 22-23. They also play at Limestone (S.C.) on March 1-2 and will play three games in Florida during Spring Break (March 8-11).

They also play NAIA-power Point Park on April 7.

This is Seton Hill's first season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

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