Sophomore Shelley Black (Coughlin) helped the Penn State women’s track team finish fourth in last weekend’s Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Black finished fifth out of 18 competitors in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best mark of 8.43. It is the fifth-fastest performance in that event in the Penn State record book. She was sixth (8.45) in the prelims.
Black finished 11th in the 60 hurdles at last year’s Big Ten meet.
Penn State totaled 73 points to finish behind Illinois, Nebraska and Michigan.
The Nittany Lions – and Black – have one more chance to earn an NCAA Division I berth. The team will split up for this weekend’s Last Chance meets at Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.
SNEE PITCHES IN – Katie Snee (Coughlin) helped the LaSalle women’s swim team finish fourth (442 points) in the Atlantic 10 Championships.
Snee finished second in the 100 free (50.74) and second in the 50 free (23.36). She was one of four swimmers who broke the pool record in the 100.
The junior also pitched in on all four relay teams – fourth in the 200 free (1:35.27), fourth in the 200 medley (1:43.08), fifth on the 400 free (3:27.38) and sixth on the 400 medley (3:47.13).
O’HARA HELPS XAVIER – Senior Joe O’Hara (Wyoming Valley West) competed in his final meet for the Xavier swim team and came up with a strong effort as the Musketeers finished third (519 points) in last weekend’s Atlantic 10 Championships.
O’Hara swam the leadoff leg on the 400 medley relay which finished second with a time of 3:18.27. The team trailed St. Bonaventure, both units bettering the pool record, the meet record and the A-10 record.
O’Hara also picked up valuable points by finishing 7th in the 100 backstroke (50.12) and eighth in the 200 backstroke (1:52.98). In the competitive 100 back, he was one of 10 swimmers who bettered the pool record.
NATIONALS FOR ZERFOSS – Freshman Sarah Zerfoss (Dallas) is one of three divers on the Clarion women’s swim team to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II Swim Championships on March 6-9 in Birmingham, Ala.
Zerfoss earned the spot with a 273.6 total for six dives, finishing second on the 1-meter in a meet against Carnegie Mellon. She prepped for the nationals by finishing third in the 1-meter (239.54) and fourth in the 3-meter (222.37) in a meet against Division I Youngstown State.
BIG MEET FOR COLLEY – The Widener men’s indoor track team captured its fourth straight Middle Atlantic Conference title and sophomore Gavin Colley had a big hand in the effort.
Colley (Tunkhannock) won the 60-meter dash in 6.99 seconds. He was second after the prelims (7.05). He also finished sixth in the 200 meters (23.08). And he ran the leadoff leg on the 800 relay, which finished second in 1:33.19.
The Widener women finished eighth, but got a solid performance from junior Erica Szpynda (Berwick), who won the shot put. She hit 39-7 ¼ on her first throw and was never threatened the rest of the way.
FLANAGAN PUTS ON SHOW – It was senior day last Saturday for the Bloomsburg women’s basketball team and senior Alyssa Flanagan led the way as the Huskies topped Kutztown 75-53.
Flanagan (Hazleton Area) had a team-high 15 points and was 3-for-3 from three-point range. She also had five assists and four steals.
The assists gives the 5-foot-6 guard 86 on the season and 475 for her career. She’s also scored 540 points and has 199 steals.
Junior Brianna Dudeck (Hazleton Area) had seven points in the victory over Kutztown, and is averaging 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds with 30 assists and 27 steals coming off the bench.
The Huskies are 20-5 overall and 16-5 in PSAC play and close their regular season in a league game at East Stroudsburg Wednesday night.
KARNOPP FINISHES SECOND – Moravian freshman Ryan Karnopp (Tunkhannock) competed in his first Landmark Conference men’s indoor track championship and finished second in the pole vault.
Karnopp cleared 13-11 1/4 and that effort was good enough to earn him a spot in the ECAC Division III Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Armory in New York City.
Moravian captured its fifth straight league title with 192 points.
A FIRST FOR HAYWARD – St. Joseph’s freshman Dannah Hayward competed in her first Atlantic 10 Indoor Track Championship and came up with a solid effort.
Hayward (Coughlin) finished fifth in the 500 meters with a personal-record time of 1:16.67. The effort earned her a berth in the ECAC Division I Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Boston.
She was also a member of the 1,600 relay, which finished eighth in 3:55.88.
The Hawks finished 13th in the team standings.
PIPER, DRUMHELLER HELP SET MARKS – The Keystone women’s indoor track team has solid 800 and 1,600 relay teams this winter, and the unit includes sophomore Raisha Piper (Hanover Area) and senior Rebecca Drumheller (Hazleton Area).
At the recent Susquehanna Open, the duo helped the 800 finish third with a program-record time of 1:51.34. And, the 1,600 relay finished 10th in a school-record time of 4:27.17.
The duo returned to action last Sunday in the George Mason Last Chance meet in Fairfax, Va. Competing in the 400 meters, Piper finished 23rd (1:04.94) and Drumheller 24th (1:07.33) going against Division I and II runners.