COLLEGE CORNER: Crestwood grad Hannah Coffin shines on Alabama at Birmingham track team

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader | January 24th, 2017 6:35 pm

The Alabama at Birmingham track team has a program to get athletes in the right direction and senior Hannah Coffin has been following it and it’s showing on the track.

Coffin, A Crestwood High grad, kicked off the indoor season for the Blazers by posting a personal record time of 5:03.04 to capture the mile at the UAB Vulcan Invitational on Jan. 14 in Birmingham. And last Saturday, at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., she bettered that time when she finished 13th with a 4:59.68.

“We are pleased with the way Hannah has opened her indoor season,” coach Kurt Thomas said. “She was 21 seconds faster than last year at the same meet (Vulcan) so I think she’s in a good place.”

Thomas and his coach Matt Esche have set up a program that covers everything from nutrition, to training, to sleeping right.

“Hannah has bought into everything and she’s doing those things to make herself the best she can be,” Thomas said. “She’s healthy and running well and she has big goals for both indoors and outdoors.”

Coffin captured the 3,000 steeplechase at the Conference USA outdoor championship last spring.

“Hannah wants to try to repeat and she wants to qualify for the NCAAs,” Thomas said.

Next up for Coffin and the Blazers will be Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational Feb. 3-4 in Notre Dame, Ind.

Honor for Jendrzejewski

Lebanon Valley senior Olivia Jendrzejewski was named Middle Atlantic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after a big effort in the Dutchmen Invitational last Friday in Annville. The Hanover Area grad won the long jump (18-5), the triple jump (36-4 ¾) and the 55-meter hurdles (9.34). The long jump effort is first in the MAC and sixth in Division III. She also leads the conference in the triple jump after a season-opening 37-3 ¼ effort at the Diplomat Open on Dec. 3 in Lancaster and is second in the high jump (5-5) also recorded at the Diplomat.

Kim named captain

Junior Chris Kim was named captain of the Lafayette men’s tennis team by new coach Ralph Van Ormer at the end of the fall season in November. Kim, from Dallas (Wyoming Seminary) was 0-1 in singles and 1-0 in doubles in dual match competition during the fall season and lost his first singles match of the spring season 6-1, 7-5 as the Leopards dropped a 5-2 decision to La Salle on Monday. But he did pick up points when he and freshman teammate Drew Rooks of Andover, Mass. captured their No. 2 doubles match 6-3.

Lewis continues to sparkle

Sophomore Alexis Lewis has been solid all season long for the Iona women’s basketball team but the Holy Redeemer grad is really coming on down the stretch. She had 19 points in a 68-61 victory over Niagara on Jan. 13 and came back with her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds in a 68-62 loss to Marist on Jan. 14. On Sunday, she had just seven points but 10 rebounds in a 60-54 triumph over Monmouth. She leads the 11-8 Gaels with 17.1 points and 7.9 rebounds a game.

Big effort by Harry

Sophomore Austin Harry posted a pair of technical falls at 133 pounds to help the Army wrestling team turn back Hofstra 34-3 last Friday in Hempstead, N.Y. and Binghamton 22-14 last Saturday in Binghamton, N.Y. The Lake-Lehman grad posted a 22-4 victory against Hofstra and a 17-1 triumph against Binghamton. He’s 11-11 on the season with three technical falls and two major decisions. The Cadets are 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.

Harris finds the range

Junior Christine Harris entered last weekend with the Buffalo State women’s hockey team with eight assists but just one goal this season. But Harris, from Mountain Top (Wyoming Seminary), picked up a goal in each game as the Bengals split with SUNY-Cortland in Cortland, N.Y. Last Friday, she had her team’s only goal in a 2-1 loss as Cortland captured its first ECAC victory of the season. Harris scored the first goal in a 2-0 triumph over the Red Dragons last Saturday. She has 16 goals and 27 assists in 68 career games with the Bengals who are 11-5-1 overall and 6-4-0 in ECAC play this season.

Nardone back at work

After being off since Dec. 4, the Marywood women’s swim team returned to the pool and scored a convincing 162-89 Landmark Conference victory over Goucher and sophomore Mia Nardone had a big part in the victory. The Pittston Area grad captured the 100 butterfly (1:04.12) and the 200 butterfly (2:21.31) and finished second to a teammate in the 100 freestyle (59.06). Nardone also swam the third leg on the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:47.75).

Callahan a solid sub

Freshman Seth Callahan has come off the bench in all 17 games for the Susquehanna men’s basketball team, the River Hawks 15-2 overall and tied for first in the Landmark Conference with a 5-1 record. Callahan, a GAR grad, is averaging 5.1 points with 22 rebounds, 14 assists and seven steals. He’s hit 50 percent of his 3-pointers (23 for 46) and had a team-high 16 points in a 77-66 victory over Dickinson on Jan. 3. Junior Adam Dizbon, a Lake-Lehman grad, has played in 17 games with three starts and is averaging 2.4 points with 31 rebounds.

Finnigan’s a Battler

The Cabrini women’s swim team kicked off the second half of the season with three meets and lost two of them, but the Cavaliers continue to get a solid effort from freshman Lauren Finnegan. In a 112-74 victory over Wilkes and a 160-43 loss to Widener on Jan. 14 the Dallas High grad finished second in the 500 free (2:04.69), third in the 200 free (2:04.,69) and swam anchor on the 400 free relay which finished second (3:58.93). In a 196-66 loss to Swarthmore last Saturday, she was third in the 1,000 free (11:57.77), the 100 free (57.94) and the 200 IM (2:27.14).

The Alabama at Birmingham senior and Crestwood grad Hannah Coffin (3) set a personal record time of 5:03.04 to capture the mile at the UAB Vulcan Invitational on Jan. 14 in Birmingham. Alabama at Birmingham senior and Crestwood grad Hannah Coffin (3) set a personal record time of 5:03.04 to capture the mile at the UAB Vulcan Invitational on Jan. 14 in Birmingham.

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader