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Seton Hill freshman finishes fifth at national track meet

| Saturday, June 2, 2012, 12:33 p.m.

After contributing for Seton Hill University's women's basketball team this past winter, Uniontown Area High School graduate Mallory Sanner made school history while helping the Griffins' women's track and field team repeat as a team champion this spring.

A freshman, Sanner won the NCAA Division II's West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference javelin championship with a toss of 41.76 meters (137 feet). Aided by Sanner's winning throw, Seton Hill earned its second straight conference track and field team title with 197 total points.

Earlier in the season, Sanner qualified for the nationals with a throw of 44.10 meters, which was ninth best in NCAA Division II.

At the NCAA Division II track and field championships held May 24-26 in Pueblo, Colo., Sanner finished fifth nationally and her best throw at the meet was a personal and school best 48.09 meters. Sanner became the first female Griffin athlete to earn NCAA All American honors. She was the top freshman finisher in the event.

"I knew going into the meet that I had to be one better than ninth place to be an All American," she said. "So I just aimed for that and I couldn't believe how far I had thrown it. It's a great honor to be the first female athlete at Seton Hill to earn NCAA All American status."

During the basketball season, Sanner, a forward, appeared in 26 of the team's 29 games and averaged 9.3 minutes per game. She averaged 3.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game with 80 points and 74 rebounds.

Seton Hill's women's basketball team finished the season with an 11-18 overall record with a 10-12 conference record.

Jason Greene, Seton Hill's seventh-year sports information director, praised Sanner for her busy and productive initial collegiate season. Greene was an all-conference baseball standout at Uniontown Area, as well as at the collegiate level.

"Mallory had a very successful first season on the court and track for us," Greene said. "She provided the women's basketball team with a spark every time she stepped on the court and the school history she made in the javelin this spring obviously speaks for itself. These accomplishments show her versatility and I look for bigger and better things from her in the next three years on the Hill."

Frazier QB to W&J

Following a highly productive scholastic football career at Frazier High School, quarterback Rock Vargo hopes to soon make his mark on the potent passing attack at Washington & Jefferson College.

Vargo, who has a cumulative grade-point average of nearly 3.60, will attend Washington & Jefferson in fall and major in history.

The Commodores' starting quarterback each of the past two seasons under head coach Mike Steeber, Vargo received all-conference honors last fall and is a two-time All-Fayette County selection. He is a native of Star Junction.

Vargo joins a Presidents' squad that led the NCAA Division III's President' Athletic Conference in total offense and passing. The team compiled a 6-4 overall record and 5-3 conference mark in 2011 under 10th-year head coach Mike Sirianni (91-23).

Washington & Jefferson's last appearance in the NCAA Division III post-season was 2009, which marked the Presidents' 10th trip to the playoffs in an 11-year span.

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