Last updated: February 19. 2014 2:17PM - 1253 Views
By Bill Arsenault Contributing Columnist

Krista Matsko
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The University of Pittsburgh women’s track team will be competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. And, sisters Jordan and Lauren Hoyt of Clarks Summit (Abington Heights) will be right in the middle of things.

Jordan, a senior, is a sprinter while Lauren, a sophomore, competes in the jumps.

Jordan finished second in the 300-meter dash at the Golden Flash Gala at Kent State with a time of 40.62. She finished fourth in the 200 at the Penn State relays (25.17). She also competes in relays for the Panthers and has a career-best mark of 24.73 in the 200.

“I’ve always been impressed with Jordan’s attitude and work ethic,” veteran head coach Alonzo Webb said. “She always comes in and is ready to work hard. She’s easy to coach will do whatever is asked of her.”

Jordan missed a lot of time the past two seasons with injuries.

“Jordan dealt with a lot last year but she came back strong and she is ready to compete,” Webb said. “Her goal is to finish off this season strong. We just want to make sure she stays healthy.”

Lauren competes in the long jump and triple jump and her best thus far is 14-07 1/2 in the long jump and 29-0 ¼ in the triple jump.

“I’ve watched Lauren progress from the beginning of the year until now,” Webb said. “I have definitely seen a big change in her confidence level and she has improved as an athlete. Like Jordan, Lauren is really passionate about track. She works really hard.”

The ACC Championship will be held Feb. 27 - March 1 in Clemson, SC.

MATSKO READY TO GO – Senior Krista Matsko (Abington Heights) will be competing in the 60-meter hurdles, the 400-meter dash and with the 4x400 relay for the Indiana, PA women’s indoor track team at the PSAC Championships Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2 in Lewisburg.

“Krista’s chance of placing in the top three in the 60 hurdles is looking very strong,” coach Michelle Burgher said. “She is a hard worker and put in a lot of work during the fall season.”

Matsko, who currently ranks third in the 60 hurdles on the PSAC performance list, ran a personal best 9.14 in a season-opening meet at Youngstown State. Two weeks later, she posted a PSAC qualifying time of 9.01 at the Division II Challenge in Geneva, OH.

“We expect Krista to break the nine second mark at the PSACs,” Burgher said.

Matsko is also ranked seventh in the 400 (4:07.21) and the 4x400 relay is ranked seventh (9.28).

SHERIDAN GETS SERIOUS – Sophomore Stephanie Sheridan (Lackawanna Trail) is a key member of the Delaware State women’s bowling team. In 32 games, she is averaging 191.7. In a match against Kutztown, she averaged 205.3 for six games with a season-high 266. She also is second on the team in Baker points with 39.

“Off the lanes, Steph is a normal, goofy, funny, easy to pick on young lady, but once she steps into the bowling center and onto the approach, she becomes a different person,” coach Elysia Current said. “The competitive drive takes over and she’s just in her element.”

The Hornets are 41-30 overall and 14-6 in the Mid-East Athletic Conference. The MEAC Championship will be held March 21 in Virginia Beach, VA.

KNOWLES LEARNING THE ROPES – Freshman Matt Knowles has seen action in 15 games with one start for the Ursinus men’s basketball team. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard from Waverly (Scranton Prep) is averaging 1.6 points a game and has hit 15 of 17 free throws. He also has six rebounds, five steals and four assists.

“Matt has a chance to be a really terrific scorer for us in his career but he is already an integral part of our basketball team and family,” coach Kevin Small said. “I have been very impressed with Matt’s unwavering commitment to our team and his commitment to continuing to work on improving his game.”

Knowles is working on learning the team’s offensive and defensive schemes, which are different than what he was accustomed to playing in high school.

“Matt’s learning while supporting his teammates in a role off the bench and at practice,” Small said. “His team first attitude has been hard to ignore. He’s truly a special kid and I’m excited about his future as a player and a leader for the Bears.”

RECORDS FOR PATERSON – Senior co-captain Katie Paterson wrapped up her career with the Marywood women’s swim team by setting a school record, being part of four relay records and earning All-Conference at the recent Landmark Conference Championships in Scranton.

Paterson (Abington Heights) helped set a school mark in the 200 free relay (2:00.87), earning All-Conference when the unit finished second. She was also part of the record 200 medley relay (1:51.25), which finished third; the 800 free relay (8:19.04) which finished fifth, and the 400 free relay (3:46), which finished sixth.

Individually, she finished seventh in the 200 freestyle with a school record time of 2:00.87 and finished fourth in the 1,650 freestyle in 18:39.88.

ZICK TOSSES WEIGHT AROUND – Senior co-captain Kaylea Zick (Lackawanna Trail) is competing in the 20-pound weight throw for the Ashland women’s track team. She recently had a lifetime best mark of 47-9 and came back with a toss of 47-02 ¼) to finish 14th out of 62 athletes at the Youngstown Invitational which included a number of Division I athletes in the event.

“Kaylea is providing senior leadership to the girls as a mentor captain of the throws unit,” coach Jud Logan said. “Outdoors, she is expected to be a hammer specialist and contribute as a discus thrower, too.”

The Eagles, out of Ashland, KY, will compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships March 1-2 in Hillsdale, MI.

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