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Champion Again

Edinboro’s Wefing Repeats As PSAC 1,500-Meter Winner

Edinboro senior Corey Wefing won his second straight PSAC 1,500-meter championship recently. Photo courtesy of Edinboro University | Thomas Wehner

MANSFIELD, Pa. — University of Edinboro’s Corey Wefing (Maple Springs/Maple Grove) repeated as the champion in the 1,500-meter run to lead the efforts of the men’s track & field team at the 2019 PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on day three. Mansfield hosted the PSAC Championships at Karl Van Norman Stadium.

Edinboro finished the three-day event in ninth place out of 13 teams with 49 points. Shippensburg finished first with 145.50 points, with Slippery Rock second (114 points). East Stroudsburg was third (86).

Wefing finished with a time of 4:00.96 to edge Cal U’s Kyle Tumpak, who was second with a time of 4:01.48. Wefing entered with the top time in the PSAC at 3:46.84, which was good for 14th in Division II. A year ago, he earned All-American honors for the first time with a ninth-place finish in the event at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Redshirt freshman Hope Pietrocarlo (Bemus Point/Maple Grove) finished sixth in the women’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:19.84.

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SUNY Cobleskill senior Cody Latimer was named the Fighting Tigers’ men’s golf MVP recently. Photo courtesy of SUNY Cobleskill

The SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise recently announced that senior Cody Latimer (Mayville/Chautauqua Lake/Jamestown CC) was named the men’s golf team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 season.

Latimer was honored with the award at the college’s annual Athletic Awards Convocation.

The Fighting Tiger senior earned All-North Eastern Athletic Conference Team honors for the second consecutive season being named to the league’s All-NEAC Third Team this season after finishing tied for 14th overall at the league’s 2019 championship tournament. During the season he was named NEAC Golfer of the Week once, captured one tournament title and recorded six Top 10 finishes.

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Junior Emily Isaacson (Jamestown/Jamestown) finished 32nd at the Great Midwest Championships at the Wildcat Golf Course in Lexington, Kentucky with rounds of 89, 90 and 90 in late April.

Led by freshman Isabelle Castro’s 82-84-80, Alderson Broaddus University finished in seventh place overall.

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ROCHESTER — The Empire 8 Conference recently released its Empire 8 All-Conference awards, naming five Alfred University softball players among the best in the conference.

After earning its 11th postseason berth in 12 years, the Saxons celebrated the accomplishment of placing five members on the Empire 8 All-Conference team. Junior Jillian Murray (Eden/Eden) was AU’s lone representative on the First Team while junior Jessica Wilcox (Forestville/Pine Valley), first-year Tati Mejia (North Hills, Calif./John F. Kennedy) and first-year Alyssa Guitron (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) were named to the Second Team. First-year Ashley Lugo (Hesperia, Calif./Oak Hill) was an Empire 8 All-Conference Honorable Mention. It is the second consecutive year five AU softball players were recognized by the Empire 8.

Wilcox made her second appearance on the Empire 8 All-Conference team after being named to the First Team in 2018. Wilcox led Alfred in almost every statistical pitching category while ranking second in the Empire 8 in strikeouts (128), wins (15), opponents’ batting average (.238), batters struck out looking (40) and innings pitched (141.2). She also finished the year with a 2.03 ERA — ranking fourth in the Empire 8.

Wilcox has already solidified herself as one of the best pitchers in AU history after setting the school record for strikeouts in a game (14) twice and setting the program record for strikeouts in a season (150) in 2018. She also broke the AU single-season record for shutouts (8) in 2019.

With one more year under her belt, Wilcox has the opportunity to continue to shatter AU pitching records as she currently sits second in school history in career strikeouts (314) and career shutouts (10). She is also currently fifth in single-season wins at AU with 15 wins in 2019.

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Junior Matt Hair (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) capped his first University of Pittsburgh at Bradford season in style, going 4 for 4 with a home run as the Panthers swept a doubleheader against Medaille in their Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference finale late last month.

On the season, Hair led Pitt-Bradford in hitting at .342 and RBIs with 21. He had three doubles, two sacrifice flies and 12 runs scored while making just four errors in 157 chances at first base for the Panthers.

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Buffalo State College sophomore Lauren Madden (Jamestown/Cazenovia Chiefs) was recently named the Bengals women’s ice hockey Rookie of the Year.

Madden played in all 25 games this season and was fifth on the team in scoring with three goals and four assists. Madden took 13 shots on goal, committed nine penalties, had one power-play goal and blocked five shots for the Bengals (7-16-2, 4-11-1 NEWHL).

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RANDOLPH, N.J. — Mercyhurst North East’s softball season came to an end this past weekend, losing two of three games to County College of Morris in the NJCAA Division II Super Regionals.

The Saints finished the regular season with a record of 40-15, hitting .344 as a team and hitting 44 home runs.

Wilmari Guzman (Jamestown/Jamestown) hit .379 with 22 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 33 RBIs. The sophomore catcher/outfielder scored 54 runs and stole 14 bases with a .421 on-base percentage and a .610 slugging percentage.

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Senior Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) was named the Female Athlete of the Year at SUNY Fredonia’s annual athletics gala — The FREDDYS — last Tuesday at Rosch Recital Hall.

Einink was named Third Team All SUNYAC at the conclusion of this season. She was tabbed SUNYAC Freshman of the Year in 2015-16 and was honored as a member of the All SUNYAC Team in all four of her seasons as a Blue Devil.

This year, Einink nearly averaged a double-double with 10.5 points per game and 9.2 rebounds. Her 249 total rebounds ranked second in the conference. She also ranked second with 46 blocks, and recorded eight double-doubles.

The senior helped lead the Devils to a postseason berth and a first-round victory in the SUNYAC Tournament.

Einink completed her Fredonia career as the all-time leader in blocked shots with 167. She’ll also graduate third in career rebounds (804), fourth in career points (1,285), and eighth in career assists (236). Over four seasons, Einink appeared in 103 games, tied for second all-time.

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