Brenae Edwards became the first national champion in the history of Mansfield University last Thursday when she captured the 10,000 meter run at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track Championships in Pueblo, CO. Last Saturday, she finished second in the 5,000 to give her All-American honors in both events, the fourth and fifth of her career.
Grad student Edwards (Hazleton Area) recorded a commanding victory in the 10k. Her winning time of 35:21.25 was almost a minute faster than second place finisher Runa Falch of Augustana, SD, who had entered the race with the fastest time of the season. Edward’s time was a Mansfield record.
In the 5k, Edwards led most of the way but was passed on the final lap and finished with a time of 17:03.94, seven seconds behind the winner, Alicia Nelson of Adams State
POLLITT, BLACK QUALIFY – Syracuse junior Donald Pollitt (Hazleton Area) has earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track Championships June 5-8 in Eugene, OR. Pollitt finished sixth in the 110 hurdles at the Eastern Regionals last weekend in Greensboro, NC. He won his first heat to advance to the semifinals and then finished second in his semifinal heat with a time of 13.68.
Penn State freshman Shelley Black (Coughlin) is also heading to Oregon after she ran a leg on the 4x400 relay team which captured the East Regional with a time of 3:34.98.
PAPI LED ACC – Virginia sophomore Mike Papi (Tunkhannock) captured the regular-season batting title in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound outfielder hit .403. He helped the fifth-ranked Cavaliers earn a 2-1 record in the ACC Pool Tournament last weekend in Durham, NC. who are taking a 47-10 record into the NCAA Tournament and will be one of the host teams in the Regionals starting this weekend.
Papi, who was 4-for-13 with a run scored and three RBI in the three tourney games, is now hitting .400 (62-for-155) with 14 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 55 runs scored and 54 RBI.
DUO HELPING PANTHERS – Senior Sam Parente (Pittston Area) and junior Matt Wotherspoon (Crestwood) have had big seasons for the Pittsburgh baseball team and will be in action when the Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Tournament starting this week.
Parente, the team’s third baseman, is hitting .329 (71-for-216) with 14 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 38 runs scored. His 51 RBI are second best on the team.
Wotherspoon, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-hander, has a 9-3 record with a 3.70 earned run average. He’s worked in 16 games with 15 starts. In 107.0 innings, he has given up 103 hits, 51 runs, 44 earned, with 33 walks and a team-high 85 strikeouts.
The Panthers are 42-17 after going 2-2 in the Big East Tournament, losing both games to Notre Dame.
WAYMAN ENDS CAREER – Senior Adam Wayman saw the season and his career come to an end after his Rider baseball team was eliminated from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament with losses to Canisius (18-7) and Siena (11-8). The Broncs closed with a 35-22 record.
Wayman (GAR Memorial), who was named to the MAAC All-Conference first team, had a standout tournament and a standout career at Rider.
“Adam epitomizes what we talk about as far as being a player in big games,” coach Randy Davis said. “He made every play, he made spectacular plays, he had big hits. He’s been a leader, a true captain.”
The third baseman was 7-for-15 in three games with two doubles, a three-run home run, three runs scored and six RBI. He graduates with 234 career hits, 139 runs scored and 126 RBI. The hits are fifth best ever at Rider, the runs 10th and the RBIs 12th.
SZPYNDA, COLLEY JUST MISS – Widener junior Erica Szpynda (Berwick) and sophomore Gavin Colley (Tunkhannock) finished ninth in their respective events at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track Championships last weekend in La Crosse, WI.
Szpynda posted a 44-11 distance in the women’s shot put. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American honors. Szpynda missed by just 0.01 meters.
Colley, running into a strong wind, covered the distance in the men’s 100 meter dash in 11.21, which was just 0.05 seconds short of All-American honors.
ALEXANDER NAMED – Old Dominion freshman Tommy Alexander (Wyoming Valley West) was named to the All-Rookie team when the Colonial Athletic Association named its All-Stars last week.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-hander posted a 3-3 record with a 4.98 earned run average in 17 games but was 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in league play. Overall, he worked 43.1 innings and gave up 45 hits and 25 runs, 24 earned, with 14 walks and 38 strikeouts.
The Monarchs finished 30-24 overall and 15-12 in league play.
CHOMAN LED THE WAY – Freshman first baseman Christian Choman (Holy Redeemer) was the only player on the Iona baseball team to bat over .300 this season. The 6-foot-5, 227-pounder hit .309 (30-for-97) with four doubles, two triples, a home run, 12 runs scored and 11 RBI. He was also 5-for-5 in stolen bases and he did the job in the field with just six errors on 241 chances (.975).
Sophomore left-hander John Nargoski (Meyers) pitched in just two games this season but was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic team.
The Gaels finished the season 8-43 and were 3-21 in league play.
ELI SEES ACTION – Junior outfielder Zach Eli (Holy Redeemer) played in 27 games with 21 starts for the Penn State baseball team. The switch-hitter batted .241 (19-for-79) with three doubles, a home run, six runs scored and 10 RBI. In the field, he handled 55 chances without an error.
The Nittany Lions finished 14-36 on the season and were 4-10 in the Big Ten Conference.
GRILLINI PITCHES IN – The Binghamton baseball team blanked Maine 4-0 to capture the America East Championship and sophomore Anthony Grillini is a key member of the Bearcats pitching staff.
Grillini (Coughlin) is 4-0 with three saves this season. The 6-foot, 175-pound right-hander has pitched in 14 games in relief. He’s worked 26 innings and has given up 23 hits and 15 runs, 11 earned, with 10 walks and 24 strikeouts. He has a 3.71 earned run average.
The Bearcats will take a 30-23 record into the NCAA Division I Championship.
TOUGH END FOR DAVIS – Junior pitcher Adam Davis (Hazleton Area) came up short in his bid to pitch the Delaware baseball team to victory in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
Davis took a three run lead into the ninth inning last Thursday but was charged with three runs and the Blue Hens went on to lose 7-6 to be eliminated. The team finished with a 33-22 record.
“I feel bad for Adam,” coach Jim Sherman said. “He has pitched as well as anyone on our staff for the past month. For some reason this season we just didn’t come through for him.”
The 6-foot, 195-pound right-hander finished with a 5-7 record and a .399 earned run average. In 97 innings, he gave up 114 hits and 50 runs, 43 earned, with 15 walks and 74 strikeouts.
MEDVECKY HELPS OUT – Sophomore John Medvecky (Hazleton Area) saw action with the Albright baseball team. The 5-foot-11, 85-pound third baseman batted .262 (16-for-61) with three doubles, five runs scored and 12 RBI.
The Lions were 13-22 overall and 4-17 in the Commonwealth Conference.