District college notes: Seton-Hill's Sell an All-American

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Seton Hill junior third baseman Nick Sell was named a first team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He also was named a first team All-Atlantic Region selection.

Joining Sell on the all-region first team was senior left-hander Alex Haines (Hempfield). Junior right-hander Brett Sullivan, senior shortstop Brendan Costantino and second baseman Pat McCarthy were — named to the all region second team. Junior outfielder Cody Herald was named an honorable mention on the NCBWA All Region Team.

The Griffins earned a sixth-place ranking in the College Baseball Lineup preseason poll. Seton Hill earned a 17th place ranking in the D2 Baseball News preseason poll, 22nd in the College Baseball Newspaper Division II preseason poll and 23rd in the NCBWA preseason poll and third in the NCBWA Atlantic Regional preseason poll.

Seton Hill will open the season with a weekend trip to Barton College on Feb. 22-23. The Griffins also will travel to Limestone College the following weekend before taking a spring break trip from March 8-15. The spring trip is highlighted by matchups against nationally ranked Grand Valley and Tampa as well as a matchup with Pitt-Greensburg at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, the spring training home of the Pirates.

Stossel reaches milestone

Seton Hill senior guard Tiara Stossel (Indiana) scored the 1,000th point of her career, but the Griffins dropped a 64-53 decision against No. 4 Gannon on Saturday.

The Griffins fell to 12-8 overall and 4-6 in PSAC West play.

Stossel led the Griffins with 15 points. She added seven rebounds.

SHU track team setting records

It's been quite an indoor season for Seton Hill's men's and women's track and field teams.

They continue to set new school records and are reaching NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Terry Jackson (Greensburg Salem) started by bettering his Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-leading time and NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 60-meter hurdles, running 8.17 seconds, which was first overall for the event.

The Griffin women had four PSAC qualifying marks achieved, one NCAA provisional qualifier and one new SHU school record.

Mary Janik ran 18:52.52 in the 5,000 meter, Alyssa Brandis ran 18:54.49 and Jeannie Bujdos ran 19:15.96, all PSAC qualifying marks, and the women's distance medley relay team of Leah Schott, Nichelle McMillian, Meagen Carter and Megan Cala achieved the NCAA provisional qualifying time in the event, running 12:19.9. Jenna Bracken broke her school record in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing third overall at 9.07.

The teams managed to achieve 10 PSAC qualifying marks, three new Seton Hill School records and another NCAA provisional qualifying mark over the weekend.

Cala set a school indoor record in the 800-meters, finishing second overall with a time of 2:19.21, which also qualified her for the PSAC championships in March.

Vicki Miller finished second overall in the weight throw, managing to hit the NCAA provisional mark three times.

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