IUP’s Krista Matsko was named the Outstanding Track Athlete of the meet at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships to highlight IUP’s efforts at the three-day conference meet.
Matsko won the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 00.02, and she finished second in the 100 hurdles with another personal-best time (14.19). The victory in the 400 was her first career individual event win.
She also ran a leg of IUP’s 1,600-meter relay team that finished fourth and broke a school record with a time of 3:52.88.
Matsko is the first women’s runner from IUP to be named the outstanding track athlete at the PSAC Championships since Sara Raschiatore in 2002. Rebecca Bullard was named the most outstanding field athlete at the 2003 meet.
Northern Cambria graduate Lizzy Cunningham, along with Christina Roberson and Marina Wareham, teamed up with Matsko in the 1,600 relay.
IUP’s 3,200 relay team of Wareham, Samantha Thompson, Kara McClain and Penns Manor graduate Jackie Beisel took eighth in 9:34.44.
Cunningham added a third-place finish in the 400 hurdles (1:03.25). Katie Koenig and Rachel Magliane took seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 5,000.
In the field events, Brooke Smay finished fourth in the triple jump.
As a team, the women finished 10th out of 14 teams. Shippensburg won the team title.
On the men’s side, Jonathan Stiles led the way for IUP, finishing second in the 400 hurdles in 52.89.
Troy Zangaro finished fifth in the 400 (49.04) while Nick Patton took eighth in the 5,000 (15:13.30).
IUP’s 400 relay team of Jeremy Claypoole, Trey North, Elijah Williams and Zangaro took sixth in 43.00 seconds, and the 1,600 relay team added a seventh-place finish (3:20.83). Stiles, Zangaro, Joe Lynch and Aaron Snook took part in that relay.
The men finished in ninth place. Shippensburg won the men’s title.
TENNIS: For the fourth straight season, IUP reached one of the two Atlantic Region finals with a dominant 5-0 win over Chowan (N.C.) in the Atlantic Region semifinals at the Maple Street Courts.
Ranvita Mahto scored the clinching win at No. 4 singles, a 6-0, 6-1 triumph. Alanna McFail also had a straight-set win in singles play (6-1, 6-1), and IUP swept the doubles matches.
Mahto and Rachel Wood won 8-0 to open doubles play, McFail and Sophie Butland won 8-2, and Tanya Timko and Erika Schnaas won 8-5.
Making its fifth straight appearance in the regional tournament, IUP (18-9) can sew up its fourth straight trip to the NCAA round of 16 today with a win over West Virginia State, which beat Slippery Rock, 5-2, in Saturday’s other semifinal.
The top two teams from each of eight regions advance to the round of 16 from May 14 to 17 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
SOFTBALL: Jasa Mitchell extended her single-season home run record and tied the school record for career home runs, but it wasn’t enough for IUP in a 3-2 loss to California in an elimination game at the PSAC tournament. California went on to win the title.
The PSAC leader this season with 15 home runs, Mitchell matched Sarah White’s career total of 28 home runs (2003-2006) with her fourth homer in two days.
With IUP trailing 1-0, Mitchell led off the sixth with a solo homer to tie the game at 1. Then, with two outs, Meghan Carney hit an RBI single to give IUP a 2-1 lead.
The Vulcans plated a two-out run in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up, and in the seventh, California’s first two batters grounded out before Breanna Morris singled, stole second and scored the game-winning run on Shelby Lia’s single.
IUP starter Alexa Campbell (15-9) gave up nine hits and three runs (one earned) in 6 2-3 innings.
Ranked eighth in the Atlantic Region entering the PSAC tournament, IUP (32-15) could still earn an NCAA tournament bid. The top eight teams in each region qualify.