IUP ROUNDUP: Runners advance to nationals
The IUP women’s cross country team earned its second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division II championships with a third-place finish at the Atlantic Regionals on Saturday in Lock Haven.
Two runners earned all-region honors for the Crimson Hawks, with Rachel Magliane finishing in third and Samantha Thompson coming in 10th.
Magliane was right on the heels of Victoria Davis, the regional champion from Bloomsburg. Magliane finished the 6K course in a time of 20 minutes, 52.1 seconds, not far behind Davis’ time of 20:45 and just 1.1 seconds behind second-place finisher Sarah Krolick of Edinboro.
Thompson finished with a time of 21:14.7, less than 30 seconds off the lead.
IUP’s third finisher was Katie Koenig, who came in 25th at 21:49 to earn all-region honors. Lauren Lyons, an Indiana High School graduate, and Steph Beaudette were next in line in 38th and 46th place, respectively. Lyons’ time was 22:11, and Beaudette finished at 22:18.6.
Katie Barrett and Kayla Edwards finished with times of 22:33.2 and 22:42.4, respectively. Barrett came in 58th place and Edwards was 66th.
With 122 points, the Crimson Hawks trailed second-place Mansfield (89 points) and meet champion Edinboro (81 points). Shippensburg, last year’s champion, finished one point back of IUP and got the final automatic NCAA bid.
The championship meet will be held in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday, Nov. 23.
In the men’s meet, three IUP runners finished in the top 25, and the Crimson Hawks finished in fourth place, one spot out of berth in the national championships.
Nick Patton, however, did earn an individual spot at the NCAA meet and all-region recognition with an eighth-place finish at 31:11.4 in the 10K race.
Victor Costello also earned an all-region honor for the second time in his career with a 10th-place finish at 31:12.7.
Clinton Keller, who also earned an all-region honor with a 25th-place finish, crossed in 31:53.4.
Alexander Hampel finished 43rd at 32:34.6, Tim Lynch placed 53rd at 32:51.8, and Greg Beaudette was 54th at 32:53.6. Andrew Morgan finished 83rd at 33:46.6.
VOLLEYBALL: IUP dropped out of playoff contention by losing to Gannon, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 25-18, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference match on senior night at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on Saturday.
IUP fell to 12-20 overall and 8-12 in the PSAC. Gannon, the lone team IUP could catch to earn a playoff berth, improved to 17-12 overall and 12-8 in the PSAC.
Ericka Lentz had 11 kills and Kelly Barnes finished with 36 digs for IUP. Lentz, Barnes and Indiana High graduate Aubree Frye were the seniors recognized after the match.
Elizabeth Sova and Stephanie Kruzynski had 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Meghan Schneider added nine, and Lisa Kissell had eight. Lindsay Moeller had 47 assists.
IUP closes the season next weekend at Slippery Rock and Edinboro.