Catch up on the success of IUP winter sports teams as they approach midseason. The following information was reported as of January 25, 2009:
The men’s basketball team’s twelve-game winning streak recently came to an end with a loss to division rival Gannon. The winning streak was the sixth longest for IUP since the 1963–1964 season. The Crimson Hawks are in a four-way tie for first in the PSAC West. Darryl Webb, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and Julian Sanders, PSAC Rookie of the Week, were recently honored by the conference office.
A recent win against Gannon brought the women’s team’s record to 15-2. The Crimson Hawks have won seven games in a row and are tied with California for first place in the PSAC West. Jahzinga Tracey, a senior from Des Moines, Iowa, recently broke the IUP career-scoring record with a total of 1,744 points, breaking the previous mark set by Cathy Torchia in 1993. Tracey also holds the school record for steals, field goals made, and field goals attempted.
On the women’s side, Kate Rowe, Galit Regev, Jen Price, Melissa Kucharczuk, and Casey Beck each won two events, and the IUP women won a total of ten events to lead the Crimson Hawks to a 141-116 win over Shippensburg in a dual meet recently at Memorial Field House.
The IUP men lost to the Red Raiders, 149-105. Pawel Glowiak won two of the five individual events for the men, who also took first in the 200 freestyle relay.
The women are 4-4 in dual meets this season, while the men are 2-4.
Four IUP athletes have qualified for track and field’s indoor nationals so far this year: Maddy Outman, pentathlon and 60-meter hurdles; Tamika Taylor, long jump; Ceasar Westbrook, triple jump; and Nafee Harris, long jump. Harris was recently named the PSAC Field Athlete of the Week.
A list of the honors earned among Fall sports athletes:
The IUP baseball team, consisting of thirty-three players, earned a Fall semester cumulative grade-point average of 3.09. Twenty players earned a GPA of 3.0 or better, and four posted a perfect 4.0.
Five IUP football players have been selected to the Daktronics All-Super Region 1 team for the 2008 season, including first-team nods for senior linebacker Terrence Jackson, who also was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American Team and chosen to play in the Cactus Bowl, and sophomore kicker Craig Burgess. Named to the second team were sophomore running back Tobias Robinson, junior offensive lineman Jim O'Rourke, and junior cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.
IUP junior Sarah Romasco and freshman Heather Robbins have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region second team for the 2008 season. Romasco was also a Daktronics all-region honorable mention selection.
Thirteen players on the IUP softball team earned Dean’s List honors for the Fall 2008 semester with GPAs of 3.25 or higher. The group included three players with a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester. Megan Timpf, who represented Canada in the 2008 Olympic Games, has been named a graduate assistant coach for the IUP softball team. She will be responsible for player development, recruiting, practice planning and implementation, and travel arrangements.