Four IUP seniors competed on the first day of the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl at Colorado State-Pueblo on Thursday.
Alyssa Taddie, a Homer-Center High School graduate, started things off for the Crimson Hawks in the preliminaries of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. She finished with a time of 11 minutes, 35.10 seconds, good for 10th place in her heat and 16th place overall. Her time was less than 13 seconds shy of qualifying for the finals.
Clinton Keller competed in the preliminaries of the men’s 3,000 steeplechase. He recorded a time of 10:04.57, coming in ninth place in his heat and 19th place overall. His time was just over 36 seconds off the finals qualifying time.
Jared Long, a United graduate, followed in the preliminaries of the 400 hurdles. He finished 14th overall and fifth in his heat with a time of 53.12, just 0.56 seconds off the qualifying time.
Laurie Ajavon wrapped up the day for IUP in the finals of the long jump. She opened up with a leap of 18 feet, 6ﾽ inches and followed with a jump of 18-1 before fouling on her third and final jump. She finished 14th.
Jessica Rocco, a freshman and Northern Cambria graduate, will compete Saturday in the women’s javelin.
BASEBALL: IUP baseball players Stephen Cooke and Dylan Tice have been selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region teams.
Cooke was named to the first team as a starting pitcher while Tice earned a second-teams honor as an infielder.
Cooke is one of four starting pitchers on the first team, finishing his season with an 8-2 record and a 2.00 ERA in 11 starts. He struck out a school-record 99 batters in 81 innings and had six complete games and four shutouts. During the year he broke a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record by throwing 32 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings and was named the NCBWA Division II National Pitcher of the Week in the process.
The senior wrapped up his career as a three-time first-team selection and one of the best pitchers in program history. He ranks first all-time in appearances (69) and wins (23), second in innings pitched (223) and strikeouts (248), ninth in ERA (3.23) and is tied for 10th in complete games (13).
He was also named first team All-PSAC West.
Tice got the lone infielder spot on the second team as a sophomore after leading IUP with 67 hits, five home runs and 42 RBIs. He was also second on the team with a .362 batting average and 13 doubles.
He started all 50 games after becoming IUP’s starting shortstop this season. Tice had 20 multi-hit games, 13 multi-RBI games and a .535 slugging percentage. He drew 19 walks and had a .427 on-base percentage with 13 stolen bases in 17 chances. He excelled in his first season at short, making just eight errors in 220 chances for a .964 fielding percentage.
Tice was also a first team All-PSAC West selection.
The Crimson Hawks finished the year 27-23 overall and 13-11 in PSAC West play.