College Corner: Coughlin grad Hawkins aims for pole vault titles at Lehigh

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader
Coughlin alum Madisyn Hawkins is looking to add to her pole vault resume with a Patriot League championship this indoor season for Lehigh. Don Paul Coughlin alum Madisyn Hawkins is looking to add to her pole vault resume with a Patriot League championship this indoor season for Lehigh. - Don Paul

Madisyn Hawkins is having a standout career competing in the pole vault for the Lehigh women’s track team. But she is still trying to grab the golden ring at the Patriot League Championships.

The junior from Wilkes-Barre and a Coughlin graduate has recorded 12 first-place finishes for the Mountain Hawks in her career and is hunting for a league title.

Hawkins has come close in all five of her league meets. She was second outdoors last May with a 12 foot, 1 ½ inch effort. She was third as a freshman with the same height. Indoors, she finished third as a sophomore with a 11 foot, 11 ¾ inch jump and had her career when she finished fifth as a freshman, clearing 12 feet, 7 ½ inches.

Hawkins opened this indoor season by finishing first at Lehigh’s Fast Times Before Finals meet on Dec. 7.

The Mountain Hawks are back in action at the Angry Birds Challenge on Saturday in Bethlehem, which will be the site of this year’s Patriot Indoor Championship at the end of February.

Meghan Corridoni (Bloomsburg)

The 6-foot-1 redshirt junior, a Holy Redeemer graduate, had three solid efforts in the last three weeks for the women’s basketball team. Corridoni had 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 79-58 victory over Jefferson on Dec. 14, then had 14 points and nine rebounds in a victory over Mercyhurst on Dec. 20 and 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 61-55 triumph over Mansfield on Jan. 3.

Senior Taylor Montana (Berwick) is second on the Huskies in scoring with an 11.5 average.

Mitchell Rome (Navy)

The freshman began his career with the men’s indoor track team by finishing second in the 5,000 meter run at the Navy Invitational prior to the semester break on Dec. 7. The Dallas graduate finished behind a junior and covered the course in 15:28.84.

He currently stands second on the Patriot League performance list. His time was 1:26.42, just shy of earning him a spot in the IC4A Indoor Championships in March.

Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh)

The sophomore helped the 14th-ranked wrestling team turn back No. 15 Minnesota 29-10 in the South Beach Duals on Dec. 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. But it was a painful win. The Hazleton Area graduate earned a disqualification victory in his 149-pound match after injuring his leg in an illegal hold and was declared the winner.

He didn’t compete in the Mountain Hawks’ other two matches. On the season, Hoffman is 12-3 overall and 3-2 in dual matches with two pins, three technical fall and a major decision.

Lydia Lawson (Elizabethtown)

The 5-foot-4 senior is one of the top playmakers in NCAA Division III. The Holy Redeemer graduate stands 10th in assists per game (6.3), is tied for 19th in total assists (63) and in the top 30 in assist-turnover ratio (2.03).

She had a career-high 13 assists in a 72-60 victory over Moravian on Dec. 7 and 12 assists in a 72-70 loss to Southern Virginia on Jan. 4. Lawson also stands second on the 5-6 Blue Jays in scoring with a 14.2 average.

Henry Polanco (Mansfield)

The freshman finished third out of 22 sprinters in the 200-meter dash at the Houghton December Classic prior to the semester break on Dec. 13 in Houghton, N.Y. His time of 23.78 was a big improvement over his effort in the Bison Opener on Dec. 7, when the Hazleton Area graduate finished 28th out of 37 runners with a time of 24.11. He was the 11th freshman and the 12th non-Division I finisher in the race.

He also finished 18th in the 60 meter dash at the Bison meet with a time of 7.17.

Jill Warabak (Lafayette)

The sophomore open her season with the women’s indoor track team by finishing fifth in the 60 meter hurdles at the Bison Opener on Dec. 7 in Lewisburg. Her time was 9.07. Warabak, from Pittston and a Holy Cross graduate, finished first out of 24 sprinters in the prelims with a time of 9.00.

She also ran a leg on the 4×400 relay which finished fourth in 4:07.17. Warabak finished sixth in the Patriot League Indoor Championships last February with a time of 9.03.

Shane Noonan (Edinboro)

The true freshman is competing in open matches at 285 pounds for the wrestling team. The Hazleton Area graduate wrapped up the first semester by finishing sixth at the Wilkes Open on Dec. 22. He won his first-round match 4-2 but lost in the second round to move to the consolation bracket where he fell in the fifth-place bout.

On the season, Noonan has an 8-10 record with two pins, a technical fall and two major decisions.

Tina Capparell (Delaware)

The sophomore finished second behind a senior teammate in the mile run aft the College of New Jersey Open prior to the semester break on Dec. 7 at The Armory in New York City. She posted a personal best time of 5:03.45.

Capparell, from Hazleton and a Marian Catholic graduate, finished sixth in the same meet with a time of 5:11.79 as a freshman. A cross-country runner, she also competes in the 800, 1000 and 3,000 indoors for the Blue Hens.

Cole Dixon (Susquehanna)

The senior inside linebacker was named an D3football.com Division III All-America honorable mention on Dec. 20 for his play with the 10-1 River Hawks. The Dallas graduate led the Centennial Conference with 96 tackles, including 58 unassisted. He also caused three forced fumbles and had six sacks.

Dixon wrapped up his four-year career with 346 tackles, 199 unassisted, 23 pass breakups, 17.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 43 games.

Nicholas Bauer (Wilkes)

The junior, a Wyoming Seminary graduate, wrapped up the first semester with the wrestling team with a 12-9 record at 125 pounds including a 5th place finish in King’s Ned McGinley Invitational on Nov. 9.

Junior Moustafa Almeky, a Dallas graduate, had a 9-7 record at 197 pounds and finished sixth at the McGinley meet and was eighth in Messiah’s Petrofes Invitational on Dec. 7 in Grantham.

Coughlin alum Madisyn Hawkins is looking to add to her pole vault resume with a Patriot League championship this indoor season for Lehigh.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_Hawkins-487-1.jpgCoughlin alum Madisyn Hawkins is looking to add to her pole vault resume with a Patriot League championship this indoor season for Lehigh. Don Paul

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader