Burk Shines In First Start For Alfred

Ben Burk (Jamestown/Southwestern) and the Alfred Saxons began their football season on a high note, picking up a 44-16 win over the Thiel College Tomcats on Saturday. In his first career start, Burk went 13-for-20 for 207 yards with one touchdown in the victory.

Burk hit Robert Smith with a 12-yard throw, capping off a five-play 55-yard drive, at 10:49 of the first quarter before Alfred’s running game took over.

Nasir Smith finished the day with 144 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries as the Saxons racked up 278 yards on the ground.

“I was happy with the physical brand of football that we played today,” said head coach Bob Rankl via press release.

Alfred will now host Ithaca College on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. before opening up the Empire 8 season on Sept. 22 against SUNY Cortland at Yunevich Stadium.

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Hope Pietrocarlo (Bemus Point/Maple Grove) and the Edinboro University women’s cross country team will begin their 2018 campaign will some preseason honors.

The Fighting Scots were ranked as the 20th NCAA Division II team in the country, according to a poll released by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Edinboro was the only team from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to earn a top-25 spot.

In the USTFCCCA Preseason Regional Rankings, Edinboro was picked as the favorite to take home its 15th Atlantic Region championship.

The Fighting Scots will now be under the direction of first-year coach Clayton Foster, as Pietrocarlo will look to repeat her All-PSAC performance as a freshman last season.

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Corey Wefing (Maple Springs/Maple Grove) and the Edinboro men’s cross country program have received the No. 2 spot in the USTFCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country Preseason Atlantic Regional Rankings, behind three-time defending champion Shippensburg.

A two-time All-PSAC selection, Wefing will return for his final year of eligibility as a graduate student as the Fighting Scots look to replace four runners from last year’s team.

The Fighting Scots are ranked No. 24 in the National Preseason Poll, joining Shippensburg as the only PSAC choice.

The Fighting Scots men’s and women’s programs will open their season on Saturday, hosting the Doug Watts Open.

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Cody Latimer (Mayville/Chautauqua Lake) has entered his final season on the links with the SUNY Cobleskill men’s golf program. T

he senior recently received the Merrill Family Scholarship, which is awarded in recognition of ongoing success in the classroom and campus community. Latimer was also recently named a 2018 North East Athletic Conference Second-Team selection, and began his season Saturday at the Northern Vermont University-Johnson Invitational. Results were unavailable at press time.

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