There will be a new face at this year’s Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Track Championships and that new face has a great shot at reaching the medals podium.
Lebanon Valley freshman Olivia Jendrzejewski (Hanover Area) is seeded first in the long jump (16-11 ¼) and first in the triple jump (35-5 ¼) and is also seeded fifth in the high jump (5-1 ¾) heading into this weekend’s championships Friday and Saturday in Bethlehem.
“Olivia is an amazing young woman,” coach Melissa Weidler said. “She’s very intelligent, hard-working and a gifted athlete.”
The coach calls Jendrzejewski a “diamond in the rough.”
“We have been working on improving her skills and have high expectations as we head into the indoor championships and transition to our outdoor season,” Weidler said.
COLLEY READY TO GO – The Widener men’s team is shooting for its fifth straight Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Track Championship and the Colley brothers figure to score a lot of points for the Pride. They are both former Tunkhannock High athletes.
Junior Gavin Colley is seeded first in the 60 meters at 6.95. He’s the only runner heading into the meet with a time under seven seconds, that time being 16th-best in Division III. He’s also seeded second in the 200 meters (22.68) and fifth in the 400 meters (52.07). And, he’s a member of the 800 relay, which is ranked No. 1 in the MAC.
“Gavin has shown a great deal of patience by building his capacity to succeed through training and racing in limited events,” coach Vince Touey said. “His experience in the NCAAs last May has given him a perspective reserved for athletes with a professional attitude. We hope to see the fruits of his training routine not only at the MAC indoors but also throughout the outdoor season.”
Freshman Josh Colley is seeded first in the long jump (21-8 ¼) and second in the triple jump (44-2).
“Josh has progressed nicely and has also shown a great patience with our training routine,” Touey said. “We have asked him to jump from a 12-step approach even though many of his competitors have been using 16 steps. We both agree that developing this jumping technique will pay off big time once he increases the distance and pace of his approach.”
ROBINSON RUNNING WITH POISE – Lock Haven sophomore Ben Robinson (Tunkhannock) is ready to compete in the PSAC Indoor Track Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Lewisburg.
Robinson is seeded fifth in the 3,000 meters (8:40.12) and 10th in the 5,000 meters (15:18.33). Both times are personal records.
“Ben has gained a lot of confidence from the cross country season,” coach Andy Russell said. “He’s really running with a lot of poise and he’s really been responding to the great training group he has. He’s continually pushing himself to new levels.”
Freshmen Jacob Fetterman (Hazleton Area) and Alex Nole (Tunkhannock) are also running with the Bald Eagles. Fetterman is seeded 22nd (15:40.19) in the 5k and 24th (8:58.68) in the 3k. Nole is seeded 24th in the 800 (1:59.76).
“Jacob has adjusted to training really well and is currently ranked second in the 5k and fourth in the 3k among freshmen in the league,” Russell said. “Alex is the second-ranked freshman in the 800 and has been doing a lot of impressive relays for us. He’s not on a lot of people’s radar at the moment, but he should be.”
MARSHALL WINS AGAIN – George Mason senior Mandissa Marshall (Crestwood) captured her sixth straight title in the pole vault this winter and this time it came in the Atlantic-10 Conference Women’s Indoor Track Championships last Saturday in Kingston, R.I. She cleared 12-9 ½ and finished tied for first but won the title on fewer misses.
Prior to the A-10 meet, Marshall finished first at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City with an all-time George Mason record of 14-1 ¼. That mark placed her 10th in the country in Division I.
Big meets ahead for Marshall will be the ECAC Division I Championships on March 7-9 in Boston and the NCAA Division I Championships on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.
DOUBLE FOR SNEE – La Salle senior Katie Snee (Coughlin) finished first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races at the Atlantic-10 Women’s Swimming Championship last weekend in Geneva, Ohio.
Snee took the 100 free on Saturday with a time of 50.56 after capturing the 50 free on Thursday with a school-record time of 23.17.
Snee finished second in both events as a junior and was also second in the 100 as a sophomore.
La Salle finished sixth in the team standings (318 points). Snee was a member of all six relays that included a third place in the 200 free (11:34.54), a fifth place in the 400 medley (3:46.93) and a sixth place in the 200 medley (1:44.35). Snee swam the anchor leg on the two medley relays.
SILVERS FOR WAGNER – Ursinus freshman Marcus Wagner (Dallas) was competing in his first Centennial Conference Men’s Swim Championships and he picked up a second-place finish in the 500 free in his first league race. His time was 4:39.11. Later, he finished second in the 1,650 free with a time of 16:16.17, an NCAA Division III B qualifying time.
Wagner added a 10th in the 200 free (1:49.92). And, he swam the anchor leg on the 800 free relay, which finished third in 7:00.08.
LAPUTKA HELPING HAWKS – The Hartwick men’s basketball team needed a big finish to earn the No. 1 seed and be host for this weekend’s Empire 8 Conference Tournament and the Hawks got some solid minutes from veteran senior Christian Laputka.
Laputka (Hazleton Area) had played in 79 games in his career entering this season and has played all 25 games with two starts this season. In a key 78-72 victory over Stevens Tech, the 5-foot-9 155-pound senior had a season-high 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. In the clincher, an 81-64 triumph over Elmira, he had four points, two assists and a steal.
On the season, Laputka is averaging 2.7 points with 35 rebounds, 34 assists and 14 steals and he has 205 assists for his career.
The 16-9 Hawks host Alfred in a semifinal game Friday in Oneonta, N.Y.
YAGOSKI SECOND – Johns Hopkins senior Ray Yagoski (Tunkhannock) was seeded second at 133 pounds in last weekend’s Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships in Collegeville and he finished second after losing to top-seeded Ryan O’Boyle of McDaniel in the title bout.
Yagoski picked up two victories on the way to the finals and now has 89 career victories, one shy of becoming just the fourth Johns Hopkins wrestler to win 90.
Yagoski returns to the mat Sunday, when he competes in the NCAA Division III East Regionals at King’s College. The top-three finishers in each weight class earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on March 14-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
TAMAMINI HELPS WILDCATS – The Villanova men’s swim team finished fourth in last weekend’s Big East Conference Men’s Swimming Championships and junior Chris Tamamini was a solid point-scorer for the Wildcats.
Tamamini (Dallas) helped the 200 free relay, the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay all finish fourth. Individually, he picked up points for finishing 10th in the 100 backstroke (51.67), 11th in the 100 butterfly (51.37) and 15th in the 50 freestyle (21.66).