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IUP took the lead in the PSAC Dixon Trophy standings following the winter sports season. IUP has a 13-point lead over second place California based on the top six men’s and top six women’s finishes in PSAC competition. The Crimson Hawks took the lead on the strength of a third straight PSAC women’s basketball championship and fourth place finishes in women’s swimming and indoor track and field. In the fall, IUP won the men’s golf title and was second in women’s soccer and field hockey.
IUP finished the 2008-09 season with a record of 22-8 and earned its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2005. The Crimson Hawks defeated Virginia Union in the opening round of the Atlantic Regional before losing to Kutztown in the semifinals. Julian Sanders was the third straight IUP player named PSAC West Freshman of the Year and Gerald Brooks and Darryl Webb were on the All-PSAC West first team.
IUP had a record of 26-6 during the 2008-09 season, tied for the second most wins in school history, and won its third straight PSAC tournament title with a dramatic come-from-behind win over California in the championship game. The Crimson Hawks defeated Johnson C. Smith in the opening round of the NCAA Atlantic Region tournament before dropping an overtime decision to Gannon in the semifinals. IUP was ranked No. 12 in the nation entering the NCAA tournament.
Jahzinga Tracey was named the PSAC West Co-Player of the Year. She finished her career with a school-record 2,101 points and 1,092 rebounds in addition to many other records. Staci Heberling (1,141) and Kylie Miller (1,011) also reached the 1,000-point plateau.
IUP finished sixth at the PSAC Meet. Pawel Glowiak won the conference championship in the 100 backstroke for the third straight and was also third in the 200 backstroke. He went on to finish seventh in the 100 backstroke at the NCAA meet, the third time in his career he earned All-America honors in that event.
IUP finished fifth at the PSAC meet and qualified four swimmers for the NCAA national meet March 11-14 in Houston, Texas. Jen Price qualified individually in the 500 freestyle just missed advancing to the finals at the NCAA meet. Price was joined by Brittany Watkins, Melissa Kucharczuk and Bethany Johnston in finishing 12th in the 800 freestyle relay to earn honorable mention All-America honors.
IUP sent two athletes to the NCAA indoor championships and both made the All-America teams, with Nafee Harris finishing fifth in the long jump and Ceasar Westbrook taking fifth in the triple jump. Harris also won the long jump championship at the PSAC meet, edging out Westbrook for first place. Kevin Raymond was second in the 55 meter dash at the conference meet. IUP finished in fifth place in the team standings, its highest in the eight-year history of the PSAC meet.
Maddy Outman was named the Most Outstanding Overall Performer at the PSAC meet after winning the 400 meters and 55 meter hurdles, finishing third in the 200 meters and long jump and taking eighth in the 55 meter dash. Outman qualified for nationals in five events and competed in the pentathlon and the hurdles. She was sixth in the pentathlon and missed by .006 of a second of advancing to the finals in the hurdles. Brianna Liebold won the long jump and Tamika Taylor won the 55 meter dash to give IUP three event champions at the conference meet. IUP took fourth place in the team standings, an improvement from 10th in 2008.
IUP junior catcher Sam Goettman has been named the PSAC Central Player of the Week after hitting safely in all nine games and batting .484 during the Crimson Hawks' spring break to the Carolinas. The softball team finished their spring trip with a record of 5-4. They begin their home schedule on March 17 against Lake Erie.
IUP completed a four-game sweep in their opening games by beating Apprentice School in Hampton, Virginia. They open their home schedule on March 21st with a doubleheader against Mercyhurst.
The golf team opened its spring season with a second place finish at the St. James Plantation Invitational at The Founders Club in Southport, N.C. Charleston won the team title but the Crimson Hawks bested all three schools from the PSAC at the two-day tournament. IUP was eight shots ahead of Clarion and 13 better than California.
The lacrosse team opened its season with a loss at 4th ranked Lock Haven. They begin their home schedule with a game on March 18 against Gannon, first-year coach Mindy Richmond’s alma mater.
The Crimson-Gray Spring football game will be played on April 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Miller Stadium followed by a football alumni golf outing on Saturday, April 18. IUP senior linebacker Terrence Jackson and junior cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah were named to the D2Football.com All-America team while sophomore kicker Craig Burgess earned the same honor from the Don Hansen Football Gazette.