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California (Pa.) University senior Chris Avampato (Greensburg Salem/Greensburg) reset his school record and won the weight throw Saturday while competing in the indoor season at the West Virginia Invitational.

Avampato, who was the only member of the Vulcans competing at the event, claimed the victory and narrowly missed provisionally qualifying for the NCAA championships in the weight throw with a mark of 16.62 meters. He eclipsed his previous school record of 15.60 meters set at last season's opening invitational.

Seton Hill's Zimmer honored again

The awards keep coming for Seton Hill junior linebacker Tyler Zimmer.

He was awarded with the 2013 PSAC Fall Top Ten Award. Zimmer also became the first Seton Hill student-athlete to earn the award from the PSAC.

The Top Ten Awards, selected by the PSAC's sports information directors, recognize student-athletes who distinguish themselves in the classroom, as well as in the arena of competition. The conference designates Top Ten Award winners after each of the sports seasons: fall, winter and spring. To be a candidate for the Top Ten Awards, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average and must be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.

In the past two months, Zimmer was named to the 2013 CoSIDA Academic All America Football Team honors as a first team selection. He also earned first-team honors from the Football Gazette on their Super Region I team.

He also was a second team Daktronics All Super Region I Selection and a PSAC West first team selection. This season, Zimmer led the Griffins with 93 tackles (57 solo). He was third in the PSAC in tackles per game. He added 10 tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.

SHU's Hockman leaps new distance

Seton Hill senior Taylor Hockman improved his NCAA long jump provisional mark to No. 2 in Division II with a long jump of 7.32 meters at the West Virginia Open in Morgantown.

Three Seton Hill records were broken, and six Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference indoor qualifying marks were met.

Sophomore sprinter Jade Woodridge broke her own school record in the 60-meter dash (7.88 seconds) by finishing second overall, and freshman hurdler Jenna Bracken finished third in the 60-meter hurdles by improving on her school record (9.17).

Sophomore thrower Prince Antwi broke the school record weight toss with a heave of 15.21 meters.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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