February 2011 Sports Update

Posted on 2/14/2011 11:15:15 AM

Following is a roundup of the latest news from IUP sports teams for February 2011. Find the most up-to-date information on the IUP Athletics website.

Men’s Basketball

Ashton Smith hit a pull-up jumper with sixteen seconds left, and the Crimson Hawks held off Edinboro 73-72 on February 16.

With twelve points, Julian Sanders became the twenty-sixth player in IUP history to reach a thousand points.

The win brought IUP’s record to 17-5 overall and 8-2 in the PSAC West.

Next up, the Crimson Hawks will travel to Clarion on February 19, looking to avenge a 73-68 loss from earlier in the season.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team’s six-game winning streak came to an end February 16 in a 61-50 loss to Edinboro. The loss brought the team to 16-6 overall and 8-2 in the PSAC West.

Besides Edinboro (20-3 overall and 10-1 in the division) and IUP, California is also in the hunt for one of the top two seeds in the PSAC West. The Vulcans are half a game behind IUP at 8-3.

Earlier in the day, Edinboro rose to No. 1 in the Atlantic Region, while IUP jumped two spots to No. 6.

Next up for the Crimson Hawks will be Clarion on February 19 and Lock Haven on February 21.


New IUP head coach Curt Cignetti has announced the addition to his staff of Rod Rutherford as wide receivers coach and Luke Getsy as quarterbacks coach.

Rutherford and Getsy both played quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh, and Getsy later transferred to Akron. Both had brief stints in the NFL—Getsy with the San Francisco Forty-Niners and Rutherford with the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers.


The men’s and women’s swim teams earned three decisive victories and completed undefeated dual meet seasons following the close of the Crimson Hawks Dual Invite on January 29. Participating in the meet were Bloomsburg, Gannon, and Shippensburg.

The Crimson Hawks are back in action February 17-20, when qualifying swimmers will compete in the PSAC meet at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

Track and Field

Brianna Liebold was named PSAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after earning a pair of first-place finishes at the Bucknell Invitational on February 14.

Liebold has provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet in the long jump. Her jump of 19-2 is currently tops in the PSAC and second nationally. Her 38-7¾ triple jump also qualifies for the NCAA meet and ranks fifteenth nationally.

Liebold finished third nationally in the long jump last season.

Other IUP top-finishers at the Bucknell Invitational were

  • Laurie Ajavon, second in the long jump
  • Alyssa Taddie and Stephanie Beaudette, second and third, respectively, in the 5,000 meter run
  • Elly Rono, first place in the men’s 5,000 meters
  • Leander Toney, first place in the high jump
  • The men’s 4x400 relay team, second place

The teams next will travel to Kent State on February 19.

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