COLLEGE CORNER: Hazleton grad set for PSAC championships

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader | February 10th, 2017 11:00 am - updated: 12:15 pm.

Jacob Fetterman is primed for a big effort in the upcoming Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championships.

The Lock Haven senior, a Hazleton Area grad, has raced twice this winter and both efforts were impressive. He captured the 3,000-meter run at the Spartan Regional Invitational Jan. 13 at the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. His time of 8:41.47 stands third on the PSAC performance list. Then, on Jan. 27, Fetterman finished sixth in the 5,000 meter run at the Penn State National with a time of 15:08.07 which is fourth on the PSAC list.

“Jacob will contend for the title in both events,” coach Aaron Russell said. “His training is going well and he continues to turn in consistent workouts.”

The coach also likes Fetterman’s leadership qualities, the athlete also a member of the cross country and outdoor track teams.

“Jacob’s leadership amongst his teammates, both on and off the track, has been invaluable to our team’s success,” Russell said. “His work ethic, character and determination continue to reflect his positive attributes to our programs.”

Koshinski leads the way

Sophomore Kirah Koshinski was a key performer once again as she led the No. 24-ranked West Virginia women’s gymnastics team to its second best score of the season with a 195.950-194-875 victory over Kent State last Saturday in Kent, Ohio. She was named Big 12 Conference Gymnast of the Week for her performance. The Berwick Area grad captured her third vault title of the season with a score of 9.900 and earned her fourth floor exercise title with the same 9.900 score. And, she finished second in the balance beam in 9.800. She’s ranked 14th in Division I in the vault and her floor title was her fifth career victory which ties her for 13th in the Mountaineers record book. She also ranks 13th in Division I on floor.

Big effort for Bourdeau

St. Joseph’s sophomore Nathaniela Bourdeau put on a dazzling display at the 13th annual Giegengack Invitational last weekend in New Haven, Conn. On Friday, she finished first in a field of 26 in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.59. On Saturday afternoon, the Coughlin grad paced the 60-meter dash prelims with a time of 7.84 and followed that up an hour later by winning the event in 7.77. And, on Saturday night, she ran a 57.89 100 meter split to lead off the Hawks winning 4x4 relay which covered the distance in 3:55.77. Her freshman sister, Tamar, ran the second leg in 58.32.

Vest a busy guy

Senior Collin Vest had a productive weekend diving for the Clarion men’s swim team. Last Saturday he captured the 3-meter dive with 318.00 points and finished second in the 1-meter dive with 278.05 points at the Clarion Diving Invitational. On Sunday, the Wyoming Valley West grad came right back to capture the 1-meter with a score of 274.50 and the 3-meter with a score of 265.65 at the USU Invitational in Youngstown, Ohio. Because the PSAC Championship doesn’t include diving, Vest will make his next appearance at the NCAA Division III Championships in March. He’s a three-time All-American and has been Division II Diver of the Year the past two seasons.

Colley moves up

Widener senior Josh Colley finished seventh in the long jump at the Villanova Open last Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. The Tunkhannock Area grad’s 22 foot, 3 inch effort moved him into third place on the Middle Atlantic Conference performance list and it was an improvement over the 22-3/4 which got him seventh place in the John Covert Invitational on Jan. 28 in Bethlehem. Colley earned All-American honors last winter when he finished fifth in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Solid effort for Lagoski

Michigan State senior Elena Lagoski had her best effort of the season but the Spartans women’s gymnastics team came up on the short end of a 195.925-194.775 decision to Penn State last Saturday in University Park. Lagoski finished tied for first in floor exercise with a season-best score of 9.900. The Wyoming Valley West grad, who performed for Northeast Gymnastics, also finished tied for fourth on vault with a season-best score of 9.775. Her career bests are 9.950 on floor and 9.875 on vault.

Sowinski pitches in

Senior co-captain Rachel Sowinski finished fifth in the mile run to help her Holy Cross women’s indoor track team finish third out of 14 teams at the Rhode Island Coaches Invitational last Saturday in Kingston, R.I. The Holy Redeemer grad’s time was 5:10.18. On Jan. 21, she won the mile in an adjusted time of 5:03.13 in a dual meet against New Hampshire. That stands 13th on the Patriot League performance list. Her career best came last year when she won the mile at the New England Championships with a time of 4:54.64.

Good start for Gearinger

Sophomore Dylan Gearinger is in his first season competing with the Haverford men’s indoor track team and he made his debut with an impressive showing in the Frank Colden Invitational last Saturday in Collegeville. The Berwick Area grad, who had a sold freshman season in outdoor track last spring and finished 10th in the Centennial Conference cross-country championships last fall, finished second in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:36.10. That stands third on the league’s performance list.

Hazleton Area grad Jacob Fetterman is coming into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championships in a groove. Area grad Jacob Fetterman is coming into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championships in a groove. Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

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