Gavin Colley is anxious to get back onto the track for the Widener men's indoor track team.
Sophomore Colley (Tunkhannock) opened the indoor season in the Jack Pyrah Invitational on Dec. 1. After a long layoff, he gets back into action Friday in the Collegeville Classic at Ursinus.
In the opening meet, Colley finished third out of 26 in the 60 meters, his 7.19 time only four hundredths behind the winner. In the 300, he finished 10th in 37.31. The nine runners who finished ahead of him in the 38-runner field were from Division I schools.
Gavin has improved greatly since last year and looks to move up to the 400 for the coming season, coach Vince Touey said.
As a freshman, Colley was successful in the 55, 60 and 200 meters. He finished second in the 55 at the Pyrah last winter and also won the 60 and 200 at the Keogh Invitational later in the season.
Junior middle distance runner Michael Calkins (Dallas) and freshman distance runner Michael Ambrulavage (Holy Redeemer) are also on the Widener roster. The coach doesn't expect them to compete until next month.
Michael (Calkins) has been looking great in practice and looks to add great value to the team once he resumes racing, Touey said. He will add the mile run to his list of events for the year.
The Pride is gearing for the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships on Feb. 23 in Bethlehem.
TRIO HELPING HAWKS – Freshmen Dannah Hayward (Coughlin), Sara Radzwilka (Wyoming Area) and junior Mercedes Yanora (Holy Redeemer) expect to be key performers with the St. Joseph's women's indoor track team.
Hayward finished third in the 500 meters at the Penn State Relays with a personal-best time of 1:20.65. Then, she ran her first college 400 meters and finished seventh in 1:04.04. She also helped the 1,600 relay squad finish fifth.
Radzwilka ran the 800 leg on the distance medley relay team that finished first at Penn State and the 3,200 relay team that finished second and qualified for the ECAC Championship.
Yanora finished 17th out of 31 runners in the 200 (26.35) at Penn State and was 13th in the 200 (26.70) at last weekend's Princeton Quad Meet.
Mercedes is recovering from a hamstring injury she suffered last spring, coach Kevin Quinn said. She is training and racing well but is not yet where she would hope to be, but it's just a matter of time.
The Hawks return to the track Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Penn State Nationals in University Park.
All three will prove to be quite valuable to our team this year, Quinn said.
MEDINA KEY PART OF TEAM – Junior Stephanie Medina (Holy Redeemer) is an important member of the Greensboro women's swim team, both in and out of the pool.
Medina scores points in the 50 and 200 freestyle and the 100 and 200 backstroke for the Pride, and recently finished second to a teammate in the 100 back (1:19.02) and the 200 free (1:32.47) in a victory over Guilford.
Stephanie adds depth to our program and makes us more competitive among our competition, coach Scot Budde said. She's very receptive to technical changes.
The coach also lauds Medina in two other areas.
Stephanie brings experience and knowledge to the team that helps during training, Budde said. And she's a great student. Her grades will give the women's team a chance to repeat as the school's athletic team with the highest GPA.
Greensboro returns to the pool Friday when they face Guildford and Hollins in Greensboro, N.C.
The longer Stephanie swims with us, the better her grasp of swimming becomes, Budde said.
GOLDEN WITH BISON – Junior Michelle Golden (Wyoming Area) is a member of the deep and talented distance group with the Bucknell women's indoor track team.
Golden kicked off her season with the Bison by finishing 11th in the 3,000 meters at the recent five-team Bucknell Mini Meet in Lewisburg. Her time was 11:12.64, as eight teammates finished in front of her.
Michelle struggled a bit during her freshman year, coach Kevin Donner said. However, she is a much improved runner as a sophomore and a very team-oriented athlete. If she continues to improve at her current rate, I believe she has a chance to contribute to our championship caliber program in the near future.
Bucknell hosts the Gulden Invitational on Saturday in Lewisburg.
SLOW START FOR HERR – Junior Justin Herr (Crestwood) is hoping to improve on his opening performance this season with the Juniata men's indoor track team. Herr competed in the Pushkin Classic on Dec. 1 at West Virginia and was fifth in the long jump (19-3 ¾ ).
Justin had an OK effort in the meet, coach Jon Cutright said. His long jump mark was better than his first meet last year but below his PR and he fouled all of his triple jump attempts.
Herr and his teammates are back at practice and return to the track at the Susquehanna Orange and Maroon Invitational on Friday in Selinsgrove.
We are hoping that Justin can continue to improve and have PRs in all of his events before the year is over, Cutright said.
Herr, who also competes in the 55, 60 and 100 meters, and the high jump, finished seventh in the triple jump (39-11 ½ ) and 10th in the long jump (19-6) at last year's Landmark Conference Championships.
CARTER LEARNING THE ROPES – After a standout career at Lake-Lehman, freshman Bryan Carter is seeing limited action in his first season with the Ursinus wrestling team.
Carter, a District 2 champion at 157 pounds, is competing at 174 pounds for the Bears. He recently had a pin in 1:20 and was pinned in two matches against the North/South All-Stars at the North/South Duals in Collegeville.
Bryan is a very talented and skilled athlete, typical of that part of Pennsylvania, coach Bill Racich said. He knows how to wrestle and we're blessed to have him on our team.
The coach also lauded Carter's work in the class room.
Bryan's record for a first semester freshman was off the charts, Racich said. He's a fine young man and a real gentleman off the mat. I have high expectations for him and once he gets settled into the college wrestling scene I know he'll be a major contributor.
ACCORDINO ENDS CAREER – Hofstra's All-American wrestler Justin Accordino has announced that his college career has come to an end due to knee injuries. He will have his third knee surgery since 2009 this week.
Accordino (Coughlin) had been ranked nationally this season despite not having wrestled. Last year, he finished sixth at 149 pounds to earn All-American honors. He had suffered knee injuries throughout his career and the NCAA had granted him another year of eligibility this season – his sixth with the team.
Accordino ends with a career record of 76-42, including a 27-10 mark in dual matches and a 10-2 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. He posted a career-best 26-14 record last season and placed second in the CAA Championship after suffering season-ending injuries the previous two seasons. He earned his bachelor's degree in fine arts last May and is working toward a Master's degree in fine arts education.
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