Mandissa Marshall was looking forward to the indoor season competing in the pole vault with the George Mason women's track team. She was red-shirted last winter to get ready for the outdoor season, but was planning for a big spring this season.
Mandissa had a major setback this fall when she ran through on a jump and twisted her ankle, pole vault coach Kevin McGorty said. It has been a long and slow recovery and she has missed a lot of base training.
Senior Marshall (Crestwood), who holds the George Mason record indoors (13-1½), will take it slowly because the outdoor season has been outstanding for her. Not only does she hold the school record (14-1¼), but she's won two straight Colonial Athletic Association Championship titles, was the top finisher in the NCAA Division I East Regionals two straight years and earned All-American mention as a sophomore.
We are doing our best to get her back into jumping form but we will also be very mindful of her injury, McGorty said. Unfortunately, an injury like this really just needs time to heal properly and to regain strength.
Marshall didn't compete in the first two meets of the season and is doubtful when the college hosts the Patriot Games this Friday and Saturday in Fairfax, Va.
The injury was really bad timing because she was hoping for a super indoor season, McGorty said. I expect to see solid performances in the few meets she enters, but nothing beyond that and we will continue to evaluate her training on a week-by-week bases.
KRAMER'S CLICKING – Senior Brianna Kramer of Drums (MMI Prep) kicked off the indoor track season for the Ursinus women's team in the Collegeville Classic last Friday. She helped the DMR finish second (13:10.85) and the 4x400 finish fifth (4:17.66). Individually, she was 13th out of 58 runners in the 800 in a time of 2:31.79.
Brianna has really blossomed the past year as an athlete, coach Chris Bayless said. Somewhere along the way something clicked and she is responding to the training we are doing and her times are dropping.
Kramer was one three school record-breaking relay teams last year to kick off the process.
Her attitude changed dramatically enough that she was named a captain this past fall and she made her first cross country regional team, Bayless said. I'm excited to see how she progresses this indoor and outdoor season.
The Bears return to action in the Thomson Invitational Saturday at the University of Delaware.
FAZZINI A HOT SHOT – Stonehill senior Adam Fazzini (Crestwood) ranked third in NCAA Division II in three-point shooting percentage in the latest statistics. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard had shot 50 percent (38-for-76). His percentage dropped a tad (48.7) after missing his only two attempts in a 68-62 loss to Le Moyne last Saturday. He finished with six points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal and was in foul trouble most of the game.
On the season, Fazzini is averaging 10.7 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Skyhawks, who are 7-8 overall and 3-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference. In a two-game stretch, he hit nine of 16 three-point attempts against New Haven (loss) and St. Rose (win).
HOOK HELPING WILDCATS – The first season that Justine Hook played for the Bay Path women's basketball team, the Wildcats finished 0-25. Since then, Hook has helped the team gain respect and this season, Bay Path is 8-6 overall and 5-3 and in title contention in the New England Collegiate Conference.
Hook, from Berwick (Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech), is averaging 11.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The 5-foot-7 junior guard had 22 points in a 68-46 victory over Pine Manor, 17 points in a 68-46 triumph over Newbury and 16 points in a 70-61 victory over Becker.
Justine is in her third season as a starter and she's been selected as team captain for the third straight year, coach Jill Shaw said. Pep, as she's known in Wildcat country, began the season at the point, but has since transitioned to shooting guard and that serves her quite well.
Hook is among the league leaders in three-point shooting – she has 23 – but the coach is quick to point out that first of all, she's a team player.
Pep will do whatever it takes for us to be successful, Shaw said. She leads by example on the court, both in games and in practice. She is just a great kid and a pleasure to coach.
LEVERY A KEY RESERVE – The Marywood women's basketball team is off to a fine start – 10-7 overall and 7-1 in the Colonial States Athletic Association. And 6-foot sophomore center Maddie Levery (Meyers) is seeing key minutes off the bench for the Pacers. She's averaging 2.4 points with 27 rebounds and has three steals and three blocked shots. She had four points and five rebounds in a 64-50 victory over Rosemont last Saturday in Scranton.
Maddie has been a great spark for us off the bench, coach Tara Macciocco said. She is a terrific shooter and is becoming a great defensive rebounder. We will be looking for her to give us a lot more minutes down the stretch.
LAMPART FITTING THINGS IN – Senior Kyle Lampart (Hazleton Area) is competing with the St. Joseph's men's indoor track team. At last weekend's Delaware Invitational, he finished fourth in the 800 (2:12.50) and helped the 4x400 relay finish second.
Kyle is a great guy who is currently trying to juggle the results of a fall training season that was interrupted by a worthwhile internship that left him too little time to train, coach Michael Glavin said. Hopefully his spring schedule will be a big more flexible.
Lampart is one of the veterans on the team.
Kyle needs and deserves to have a great senior indoor and outdoor season after the four years of hard work he's put in, Glavin said.
BULL READY FOR ACTION – After a strong season with the Gettysburg cross-country team in the fall, freshman Abby Bull (Berwick) is looking to compete in her first indoor track meet.
Bull finished 55th out of 346 runners with a 6k time of 24:12.3 at the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regionals and prior to that was 35th out of 113 runners (23:12.1) at the Centennial Conference Championships.
She's ready to go this weekend, coach Aubrey Shenk, the Bullets competing in the Thomson Invitational at the University of Delaware Saturday in Newark.
Bull competed in all events from the mile up to the 5,000 at Berwick.
We look for Abby to compete in the long distance events this indoor season, Shenk said.
FRANK ADJUSTING – Sophomore Mary Frank (Holy Redeemer) is competing with the Pittsburgh women's indoor track team. She finished 31st in the 3,000 meter run (11:59.23) at last weekend's Tiffin University Carnival in Tiffin, Ohio.
Mary is getting adjusted to Division I training and will be a work in progress as she continues to train hard to meet the demands of the Big East (this season) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (next season), coach Alonzo Webb said.
The Panthers will compete in the Penn State Nationals Friday and Saturday in State College.