Colley brothers lead Widener to MAC crown

June 9th, 2015 8:30 pm

First Posted: 3/3/2014

Widener captured its fifth straight Middle Atlantic Conference men’s title and junior Gavin Colley led the way.

Colley (Tunkhannock) was named MAC Track Athlete of the Year after he captured the 60 meter dash (6.91) and the 200 meter dash (22.26). Both times were meet records. He also won the 60 last year.

“Gavin’s performances are the result of his supreme dedication to success,” coach Vince Touey said. “The records that Gavin broke were set by two All-Americans during different generations (2006 and 2012). To break both in the same meet is one of the all-time great MAC Championship feats.

Freshman Josh Colley, Gavin’s brother, chipped in by finishing second in the long jump (22-0 ¼). He also finished fifth in the triple jump (43-04 ½).

The Pride easily captured the team total in the 10-college field with 188 points. Runner-up Messiah had 98 points.

JENDREZEWSKI SPARKLESOlivia Jendrezewski was not intimidated in her first trip to the Middle Atlantic Conference Women’s Track Championships. The freshman was named Rookie of the Year to help the Lebanon Valley women capture their third straight team title.

Jendrezewski (Hanover Area) captured the long jump (16-1) and the triple jump (career-best 35-11 ¼) and finished fourth in the high jump (5-1 ¾).

“Olivia had a great debut at the conference level,” coach Melissa Weidler said. “She has learned a lot in her short time with us and it is paying off. She is a competitor.”

The Dutchwomen totaled 128 points to capture the team title. Weidler earned Coach of the Year honors.

KARNOPP MOVING UP – Moravian sophomore Ryan Karnopp (Tunkhannock) has a week remaining before he finds out if he’s earned a berth in the pole vault in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships.

Karnopp currently ranks seventh in the pole vault after he set a personal record with a 16-foot effort at the Kutztown Last Chance Meet a week ago. The top 15 after this weekend’s final regular-season competition will advance to the championship.

“Ryan wound up having a great jump,” coach Jesse Baumann said. “We knew for a few weeks that he was capable of at least 15-6 and possibly approaching 16 and then he put it all together for a 9-inch PR. He had a great attempt at 16-3 ½. He just didn’t finish the top end of his vault like he could have.”

Karnopp was named ECAC South Division III Field Athlete of the Week for his effort. He came back to capture the pole vault at last weekend’s Landmark Conference Championships with a 14-5 ¼ effort. He was never pushed.

The Greyhounds captured their fifth straight league title.

THIRD FOR POLLITT – Syracuse senior Donald Pollitt (Hazleton Area) finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track Championships last weekend in Greensboro, N.C. His time was 7.82. This is the first season in the ACC for Pollitt and the Orange. He captured the 60 hurdles at the Big East Conference Indoor Championships last season with a career-best time of 7.79.

Pollitt will compete in the IC4A Championships this weekend in Boston.

SZPYNDA REPEATS TITLE – Widener senior Erica Szpynda (Berwick) captured the shot put at the Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Track Championships for the second straight year.

Szpynda took the crown this year with a toss of 43-11 ¾. Last year, she won it with a 39-07 ¼ effort. She will be competing in the ECAC Division III Championship in Boston this weekend.

BIG EFFORT FROM DUDECK – It was senior night for the Bloomsburg women’s basketball team and senior Brianna Dudeck made it a night to remember. Dudeck (Hazleton Area) scored a career-high 26 points to push the 14-ranked Huskies to an 88-68 victory over Kutztown. The 5-foot-5 guard, starting just her sixth game of the season, hit 8 of 12 from the field, including two three-pointers, and was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. She also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 30 minutes of action.

Dudeck, one of just two seniors on the squad, has been part of 95 victories during her career, helping the Huskies to four straight seasons of 22 or more victories.

Bloomsburg will take a 23-3 record (14-2 in PSAC East) into this week’s league championship. The Huskies have won 16 straight.

ROBINSON DOES WELL – Lock Haven sophomore Ben Robinson (Tunkhannock) finished fourth in the 5,000 meters (15:04.71) and fifth in the 3,000 meters (8:42.05) in last weekend’s PSAC Indoor Championships in Edinboro. The Bald Eagles finished fourth.

Junior Katie Kravitz (Dallas) competed with the Lock Haven women’s team. She ran a leg on the 3,200 relay which finished seventh in 8:46.14 and ran a leg on the DMR which finished seventh in 12:36.36. The Lady Eagles finished 13th.

CAREER BEST FOR DISTASIO – Kutztown freshman Destiny Distasio (Tunkhannock) finished tied for fifth in the pole vault at last weekend’s PSAC Women’s Indoor Track Championships. She cleared 11-2 ½, which was a career best. It also moved her from 10th to fifth on the Huskies’ all-time list.

BULL WRAPS IT UP – Gettysburg senior Abby Bull (Berwick) ended her indoor career with the Gettysburg women’s track team in the Centennial Conference Indoor Track Championships last weekend in Haverford.

Bull finished 12th in the 3k (10:50.03) and 15th in the 5k (18:41.06). She also ran the anchor leg on the DMR, which finished seventh in 13:17.26.

The Bullets finished fifth in the team standings.

PAISLEY HELPS TIGERS – The Towson men’s swim team finished third in last weekend’s Colonial Athletic Association Championships with 551.50 points – the best-ever finish for the men’s program.

Freshman Ryan Paisley (Hazleton Area) competed in his first CAA title meet and swam a leg on the 200 free relay which finished fifth in 1:21.22. Individually, he competed in the 50 and 100 freestyle but didn’t score. He was 20th in the 50 free (21.69) and 20th in the 100 free (47.45).