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Local college notebook: Ford City grad takes 2nd in A-10 javelin

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Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

Duquesne junior Alex Gladysiewski keeps moving upward in his college track career.

Gladysiewski, a Ford City graduate, claimed the silver medal in the javelin throw with more than one improvement to his season-best throw at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 3 in Amherst, Mass.

Gladysiewski was the runner-up in the event with a top throw of 61.73 meters (202 feet, 6 inches), and four of his six attempts cleared the 60-meter mark, a threshold he had broken only once before. His throw also helped Duquesne finish in third at the A-10 Championships, which matches the best-ever finish for the Dukes in that meet.

Duquesne competes this weekend in the IC4A Championships, its final meet before NCAA qualification. Gladysiewski's top throw put him less than 2 meters from the NCAA's Division I Top 95 list, from which NCAA qualifier entries are determined.

Barto goes low

St. Vincent junior and Kittanning graduate Tim Barto shot rounds of 71 and 72 to make the cut Wednesday at the NCAA Division III Golf Championships at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

Barto's score of 1-under-par 143 puts him in a tie for sixth place and seven shots behind the leader, Brian Burt of Hampden-Sydney, entering Thursday's third round. The low five individuals whose teams do not make the team cut advance, and Burt and Barto were the top two on that list.

St. Vincent finished outside the top 15 teams and missed the team cut with a total score of 624 (48-over par), which put it in a tie for 29th place.

Must-win for Wolsonovich

Ford City product and Pitt sophomore shortstop Dylan Wolsonovich is heading into a high-pressure weekend series this weekend at Notre Dame.

The Panthers (22-27, 11-16) enter the three-game set in South Bend, Ind., tied with N.C. State for the 10th and final spot in the ACC baseball tournament. Ninth-place Wake Forest, which plays three this weekend against No. 1 Virginia, also can be caught by Pitt and N.C. State.

Wolsonovich has been a fixture in Pitt's lineup with 48 starts in 49 games in the team's first ACC season. He has a .253 batting average and is second on the team with 29 runs scored. He also has 25 RBIs and has been patient enough at the plate to draw 27 walks, which gives him a .374 on-base percentage, third-best on the team.

Young all-conference

Carlow freshman shortstop Kenzie Young was honored for her strong first year with a spot on the All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball team.

Young, a Leechburg product and the 2013 Leader Times Player of the Year, finished the season with a .418 batting average, nine home runs, 41 RBIs and 32 runs scored, all of which are in the top seven in the KIAC.

Young was one of two Carlow players honored, along with junior pitcher Emily Pritts (Riverside).

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Grubba_Trib.




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