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Sports Update for June 2009

Nafee Harris on one of his long-jump attempts

National championships, All-America honors, several new recruits—IUP had a successful end to the Spring sports season.

Baseball 

IUP senior centerfielder Shane Melhorn has been named to the Golden Glove Atlantic Region second team, an award presented by Rawlings and the American Baseball Coaches Association. In two seasons at IUP, Mehlorn established a reputation as one of the top fielding outfielders in the PSAC, with his combination of range and a strong throwing arm.  He recorded 204 putouts and had five outfield assists, while posting a fielding percentage of .959.

Women’s Basketball 

Seven newcomers have been added to the IUP women’s basketball team. The freshman class includes Sarah Pastorek from Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown as well as Jasmine Brown, Brianna Johnson, Katelyn Marshall, Jill Perdue, and Lauren Taylor. California transfer Amber Dubyak has also joined the program but will be redshirted in 2009–2010.

Football 

Four IUP football players have been selected to the Consensus Draft Services Division II preseason All-America team for the 2009 season. Kicker Craig Burgess and cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah were named to the first team while quarterback Andrew Krewatch and tailback Tobias Robinson were honorable mention choices.

Golf 

Gavin Smith rolled in a twenty-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to edge Kelbi Lee of Ferris State and give IUP its first-ever NCAA individual national championship in golf at the Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash. IUP’s golf team finished in twelfth place with a score of 1,211, matching the 1993 squad for the best team finish in sixteen years under head coach Fred Joseph. The Crimson Hawks were only ten shots from placing as high as ninth.

Softball 

IUP senior centerfielder Alex Daughenbaugh has been selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region second team for her performance during the 2009 season. Daughenbaugh had team-leading totals of 50 hits and 138 at bats, and her .362 batting average was second on the Crimson Hawks and twentieth in the PSAC. She also led IUP with eleven doubles and twenty-seven runs scored and had a triple, two home runs, and sixteen RBIs.

Track and Field 

Maddy Outman and Nafee Harris were honored as the PSAC Outdoor Field Athletes of the Year as selected by the conference head coaches. Outman was also named the Outstanding Field Athlete of the Year for the Atlantic Region by the United States Track and Field Coaches Association.

IUP sophomore Nafee Harris claimed the national title in the long jump, becoming the twelfth national champion in IUP track and field history and the first ever in a jumping event.

He moved from second to first on his final attempt of the day. His winning jump of 26 feet, 1¾ inches, was 2¼ inches farther than Alaska Anchorage runner-up David Registe’s best and broke the IUP record of 24 feet, 9¾ inches, held by Jermaine Clayton since 2003.

Kevin Raymond, Maddy Outman, and Tiffany Corle each finished in the top eight in their events, while Raymond also ran a leg on a relay team that gained All-America status on the final day of the NCAA outdoor track and field meet at San Angelo, Texas. 

Raymond was joined by Hopeton Bailey, Tristan Taylor, and Nafee Harris in finishing eighth in the 4x100 meter relay, with a time of 41.76. The quartet represents IUP’s first All-America relay team since the mile relay team earned such honors at the 1977 NAIA meet.

Volleyball 

Jessica Bodkin, a junior college transfer from Orange Coast College, has become the fifth newcomer to join the IUP volleyball program, joining freshmen Kelsey Rodgers, Sara Leighty, Laura McFadden, and Morgan Cerveny.

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