Winter and Spring Season Roundup

Posted on 4/20/2009 4:48:03 PM

To see all the details, visit the IUP Athletics website. For a snapshot of the winter sports season, please read on.


With a double-header sweep of Mt. Aloysius, the baseball team's record stands at 20-22.  IUP is currently fourth in the PSAC West standings, but could be bumped from a playoff spot with two Lock Haven wins in their last four games. IUP is finished with PSAC West play.


The golf team continued its successful season by placing third in the Cecil Spadafora Invitational coming on the heels of a second place finish at the Goldey-Beacom Invitational.  The Crimson Hawks also finished third at the Concord Invitational in West Virginia. Gavin Smith, Leo Acklin, and Cory Stelick led the team respectfully at these three tournaments.


Stephanie Bianco scored three goals against seventh ranked Gannon, but the Crimson Hawks dropped to 4-9 on the season with the loss. The lacrosse team completes the season at Seton Hill on April 25.


Erin Holloway and Jenny Shaffer combined to allow only one run and six hits to pitch IUP to a doubleheader sweep over Clarion that forced a coin toss to determine whether the softball team advanced to next week's PSAC tournament.  Unfortunately, Mansfield won the coin toss and IUP’s season is over.  IUP won by scores of 4-0 and 4-1 to finish in a third place tie with Mansfield in the PSAC Central with 6-10 division records.  The two teams split their four games and had identical records versus Lock Haven, Bloomsbug, and Clarion, the other three teams in the division.  With all on-field tiebreakers exhausted, a coin toss was the determining factor.


The tennis team finished the season with a 5-4 win at Shippensburg as Megan Kuhns and Emily Shubra led with way with singles victories.

Men’s Track and Field

Tristan Taylor had times of 10.63 in the 100 and 21.42 in the 200 to take first in both races. He teamed with Hopeton Bailey, Nafee Harris and Kevin Raymond in winning the 4 x 100 relay in 41.66.   Other men's event winners included Harris in the long jump with a distance of 7.05 meters and Ceasar Westbrook in the triple jump with a best effort of 14.06. Westbrook was also second behind Harris in the long jump at 6.85.  The team won the team title over second place California.

Women’s Track and Field

Tamika Taylor won the 100 meters and long jump and Maddy Outman took both hurdles in the women's competition while Tristan Taylor sprinted to victories in the men's 100 and 200 meters and all three were on a winning relay team at the Ed Fry Invitational hosted by IUP at Miller Stadium. The former IUP Open was renamed in honor of Fry, who is retiring after the season following a four-decade career as track and field and cross country coach at IUP.  The team won the team title over second place Clarion.

Winter Sports

Women's Basketball

Jahzinga Tracey has become the first IUP women's basketball player to earn All-America honors in consecutive years with her selection to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association ten-woman team for the 2008-09 campaign.  Tracey was also named to the Daktronics All-America second team by a vote of Division II sports information directors. Prior to last season, IUP had not had a women's basketball All-American since Cathy Torchia in 1993.  She finishes her IUP career as the most decorated women's basketball player in the nearly forty-year history of the program.


Freshman swimmer David Donovan has been selected as a recipient of the Chacivity Award, which recognizes students who demonstrate behaviors that are uplifting to the university community and display courage, civility, leadership, integrity, and initiative. The award, which combines the words character, civility and integrity, is presented by IUP's Office of Student Conduct.  Donovan was nominated for the award by Dr. Judith Villa, a professor in the English Department. Despite his busy class and swimming schedule, Donovan accepted Dr. Villa's request to assist challenged and under-prepared students in her College Writing class during the fall semester.  Through Donovan's efforts, one of the students he mentored was able to overcome his writing fears and achieve a passing grade in the class. Dr. Villa praised Donovan for being a "fabulous and generous mentor and making himself available above and beyond" what was expected of him.