College Corner: Coughlin’s Nathaniela Bourdeau shines early in outdoor track season

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader
Nathaniela Bourdeau has continued her strong career at St. Joseph’s in 2018, as the Coughlin grad turned in a big performance at the Rider Invitational. - Submitted photo

Junior Nathaniela Bourdeau has run some big meets in her career sprinting with the St. Joseph’s women’s track team. And last weekend, at the Rider Invitational in Lawrenceville, N.J., the Coughlin grad added to her list.

Bourdeau ran her first 100-meter dash of this outdoor season and finished first with a time of 12.17. She also finished first in the 200-meter dash in 25.01. She has won the 100 at the Rider meet three straight years and the 200 twice.

She then she anchored the Hawks’ 4×100 relay, which finished first with an ECAC Division I qualifying time of 47.52. That was less than a second off of the school record, which Bourdeau and her current three teammates hold.

The performance led the Hawks to a third-place finish in the 10-team field with 65.5 points.

“Nat had another great meet at Rider,” coach Melody O’Reilly said. “She always performs at the highest level, even when the conditions are challenging. The heat was tough and it really challenged the athletes, but she kept a cool head and performed well in all three events.”

Bourdeau will now set her sights on the prestigious Penn Relays on April 26-28 in Philadelphia and the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships May 5 in Fairfax, Va.

“Nat is right where we expected her to be at this point in the season,” O’Reilly said. “We expect great performances from her as we roll into the Penn Relays and the league championship meet.”

Sadvary improving

Lafayette junior David Sadvary is competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run with the men’s track team this spring.

The Coughlin grad finished in fourth place in the steeplechase at the Lafayette vs. Lehigh dual meet on April 7 in Easton with a time of 10:13.53. Last weekend, Sadvary finished second in the Coach Pollard Invitational in Bethlehem with an improved time of 9:57.07. He was eighth in his first 5,000 of the spring in 16:08.00 in the 49er Classic March 15-17 in Charlotte, N.C.

Dellarte doing the job

Delaware Valley freshman Nina Dellarte had a solid indoor track season and has started off well this outdoor season. The Wyoming Valley west grad competed in the Gwynedd-Mercy Mid-Week Twilight Invitational on April 11 in Gwynedd Valley and finished 12th in the 100-meter dash with a personal best time of 13.60.

She was also 12th in the 200-meter dash in 28.10 and ran on both the 4×400 relay, which finished second in 4:29.97, and the 4×100, which finished fourth in 52.13.

Good effort for Bennett

Elon junior Ellie Bennett finished second in the pole vault at the school’s Phoenix Invitational on Saturday in Elon, N.C. The Crestwood grad had a personal-best height of 11 feet, 8 inches.

She opened the outdoor season by finishing fifth at the Winthrop Invitational March 22-24 in Rock Hill, S.C., with a height of 11-1 ¾. That was a big improvement for Bennett, who finished sixth at the Colonial Athletic Association Outdoor Championships last season when she cleared 10-11 ¾.

Herbener works in relief

Sophomore right-hander Ed Herbener is 2-0 with a save while pitching eight games in relief for the Bloomsburg baseball team, with the Huskies 21-7 overall and 13-3 in PSAC East play.

The MMI Prep grad has struck out 13 in 14.1 innings. He picked up his latest victory in a 14-7 triumph over Kutztown on April 11 when he worked three innings and gave up two hits and three runs, one earned.

Ukattah makes outdoor debut

Freshman sprinter Uzoije Ukattah opened the outdoor track season with the Penn State Harrisburg men’s team at Bucknell’s Bison Outdoor Classic last weekend in Lewisburg. The Dallas grad finished 10th in the 100-meter dash in 11:05 and was 12th in the 200 in 22.84. He was the third Division III finisher in both races.

Ukattah finished sixth in the 60 (7.11) at the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships March 2-3 in New York.

Manley at her best

Ursinus sophomore Alyson Manley finished second in the 5,000-meter run at the Gwynedd-Mercy Mid-Week Twilight Invitational on April 11 in Gwynedd Valley. She was clocked in 20:58.92, which is a personal record.

The Holy Redeemer grad opened the outdoor season by finishing 18th in the 1,500 in 5:57.01 and 22nd in the 800 with a personal-best time of 2:58.82 at the Ursinus Invitational on March 31 in Collegeville.

Boland helping Royals

Senior Michael Boland is one of the top performers on the Scranton men’s golf team, with the Royals at 9-1 after defeating Marywood (306-309) and Clarks Summit (306-454) last Saturday at Scranton Muni. He shot a 77.

The Holy Redeemer grad also posted a 76, second best on the team and his best score of the season, in a 309-430 triumph over Keystone last Friday at StoneHedge Golf Club in Tunkhannock.

Honor for Marchetti

Waynesburg senior Angie Marchetti was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week after a big effort with the women’s track team in the Westminster Invitational last Saturday in New Wilmington.

The Hazleton Area grad finished first out of 46 runners in the 1,500-meter run in 4:54.19. She also finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:21.32. Marchetti wrapped up the day by running a leg on the 4×400 relay, which finished seventh in 4:19.73.

Sheerer jumping well

Widener sophomore Abbie Sheerer finished second in the high jump at Widener’s Quarry Classic last Saturday in Chester. Her height of 5 feet, 1 inch ranks third on the Middle Atlantic Conference performance list. She also finished eighth in the triple jump with a 34-4 ¼ effort.

At the Danny Curran Classic on March 30-31, also in Chester, the Pittston Area grad finished second in the triple jump with a personal record jump of 34-9 ½, which is fourth in the MAC.

Nathaniela Bourdeau has continued her strong career at St. Joseph’s in 2018, as the Coughlin grad turned in a big performance at the Rider Invitational.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_BourdeauN_33892330654_e4161414b7_o.jpgNathaniela Bourdeau has continued her strong career at St. Joseph’s in 2018, as the Coughlin grad turned in a big performance at the Rider Invitational. Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader

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