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April 30. 2013 1:27AM


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Syracuse University junior Donald Pollitt came up with a solid effort in last week’s 119th Penn Relays in Philadelphia.


Pollitt (Hazleton Area) finished second in the tough 110 meter hurdles Championship Division race. He posted a personal record time of 13.85 losing only to Wayne Davis of Texas A&M.


Pollitt also helped the 4x100 finish fourth in the IC4A Division. He ran the anchor leg with the group posting a time of 41.25.


“Donald has made good progress this outdoor season,” sprinter-hurdles coach Dave Hegland said. “His run at Penn is a reflection of how well he has been training on a daily basis. We expect that to continue as we move into the championship season. He has great things ahead and we’re very excited for him.”


The Orange will compete in the Big East Conference Championships Friday through Sunday in Piscataway, N.J. and then compete in the IC4A Championship May 11-13 in Princeton, N.J.


RECORD FOR HAYWARD – Freshman Dannah Hayward finished third in her heat and 21st overall in the 400 meter hurdles in the Championships race at the Penn Relays and she did it in record fashion.


Hayward (Coughlin) posted a time of 1:01.25 for the school record in that event. She had set the previous record (1:01.41) at the Colonial Relays.


“I’m not disappointed but I know that I could have run better,” she said of her Penn Relays effort. “But to break a school record, you can’t really be disappointed with that.”


Hayward later ran with the 4x400 relay which finished 47th out of 79 teams with a time of 3:54.49. Her effort earned her Atlantic-10 Conference Rookie of the Week honors.


Junior Mercedes Yanora (Holy Redeemer) also competed for the Hawks and helped the 4x100 finish 56th in 49.05.


Up next will be the league championships Saturday and Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.


“Dannah is in the top five in the conference in the intermediate hurdles and has a strong chance to medal,” coach Kevin Quinn said. “She is a terrific competitor and always makes it her goal to do her best. This attitude makes her a real threat.”


The coach calls Yanora a valuable asset to the team.


“Mercedes has consistently been our top sprinter, runs a strong leadoff leg on our 4x100 and has shown well on the occasions she has run with the 4x400,” Quinn said.


GOOD MEET FOR BLACK – Penn State freshman Shelley Black (Coughlin) competed in her first Penn Relays and posted a pair of solid efforts. Black finished 15th in the 400 meter hurdles with a season and personal best time of 1:00.44.


Then she helped the 4x400 relay finish fourth in the meet’s Champions of America race. The team posted a time of 3:33.47, the second fasted in the Big Ten Conference this season. Black, running in leg three, had a time of 54.4.


The Big Ten Championships is set for May 10-12 in Columbus, Ohio.


COLLEY READY TO GO – Sophomore Gavin Colley (Tunkhannock) will lead the Widener men’s track team into the Middle Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track Championships starting Thursday in Annville.


Colley prepped for the meet by helping the team’s 4x400 relay finish fourth in the Pop Haddleton MAC race at the Penn Relays. Prior to that, he finished fourth in both the 100 (11.18) and the 200 (23.09) at the West Chester Invitational. And the day after he competed at the Penn Relays, he helped the 4x100 relay win at the College of New Jersey Invitational with a time of 42.46.


Colley won the 60 meter title and helped the Pride capture its sixth MAC Indoor Championship in the last seven years during the winter.


“Gavin is the top-ranked runner in the 100 meters,” coach Vince Touey said. “And he will anchor our 400 relay team, which is also the top-rated squad entering the championships.”


Freshman Michael Ambrulavage (Holy Redeemer) also competes for Widener and he finished third in the 3,000 steeplechase at West Chester.


ALEXANDER PITCHING IN – Freshman Tommy Alexander (Wyoming Valley West) is pitching for the Old Dominion baseball team. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-hander has a 2-3 record and a 5.35 earned run average in 13 games and one start for the Monarchs, who are 23-21 overall and 13-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association.


In 35.1 innings, he’s given up 38 hits and 22 runs, 21 earned, with 14 walks and 29 strikeouts.


“Tommy has really improved as the season has gone on and we are all excited about his future at ODU,” coach Chris Finwood said. “He got off to a slow start but has really rebounded well and continues to improve with each outing.”


Alexander proved the coach right in his latest effort. He pitched five innings of shutout relief, giving up just two hits, walking one and striking out three in Old Dominion’s 7-3 league victory over Delaware last Saturday.


HERR JUMPED RIGHT IN – Juniata junior Justin Herr (Crestwood) competed in three events at last weekend’s Landmark Conference Outdoor Track Championships in Towson, Md. He finished fourth in the triple jump (42-10 ¾), fifth in the high jump (5-10) and 10th in the long jump (19-11).


“Justin has been more consistent this spring, but we are still waiting for the big jump in performance” coach Jon Cutright said. “After setting personal bests in every meet last year, this year seemed dull for him.”


BIG YEAR FOR WENNER – Junior tri-captain Shannon Wenner of Drums (MMI Prep) hit .388 (26-for-67) with three doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 runs scored and 16 RBI for the Cedar Crest softball team, which posted a 10-18 overall record and an 8-14 mark in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.


Wenner, who played first base, made just four errors on 180 chances (.978).


KOHLI HELPED OUT – Sophomore Sarah Kohli (Dallas) played in 15 games and started 13 for the LaRoche softball team, which finished its season with a 7-23 overall record and a 4-12 mark in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.


Kohli, an infielder, hit .375 (12-for-32) with four runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI.




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