IUP’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors went to Kylie Miller, of the women’s basketball team, and Ryan Mostyn, of the baseball team, during the university’s annual All-American dinner at the Crimson Event Center.
Other highlights of the spring sports season are as follows:
The baseball team finished with a record of 22-26 and just missed qualifying for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs. Colby Betz, T.J. Nichols, and Paul Bingham were named to the All-PSAC West Baseball Team.
Six former IUP cross country runners turned in outstanding performances at the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday. Five women who competed at IUP finished among the top eleven in a field of 1,286 who completed the course.
The group was led by Nicole Blaesser, who placed third with a time of 2:43:57. Blaesser was immediately followed by Mindy Sawtelle, who placed fourth with 2:48.41. Other top finishers were Gina McGee, seventh (2:58.02); Sara Raschiatore, ninth (2:59.09); and Tammy Slusser, eleventh (3:02.52).
In the men's race, Mike McGee, Gina's husband, was first of 244 runners in the men's forty-five to forty-nine age group, covering the course in a time of 2:49.05. His time was good for twenty-ninth place overall among the 2,168 participants on the men's side.
IUP shot a team score of 915 to edge Fayetteville State by three shots and claim the NCAA Division II East/Atlantic Super Regional title recently at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va.
The Crimson Hawks won the region championship for the second consecutive season—their third in the past five years—to earn a berth in the NCAA national tournament, May 19–22 at the Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash.
Leo Acklin was the top IUP individual, tying Joel Lynn of Fayetteville State for second place, with a three-round score of 225, including a one-over-par 73 in the third round.
The lacrosse team finished the season with a record of six wins and ten losses, which doubles its win total of last year. Senior goalkeeper Katie Lee was named to the All-PSAC West second team by the conference's head coaches. She is on the all-conference team for the first time in her career.
Despite winning its last three division games, IUP was denied a spot in the PSAC playoffs after losing a coin toss to Mansfield.
The Crimson Hawks and Mountaineers both finished 6-10 in the PSAC Central and could not break the tie with on-field results, necessitating the coin toss. IUP finished with a 19-19 overall record.
Six IUP softball players garnered postseason honors. Sophomore outfielder Kristen Tunno has been chosen to the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region softball second team by the region's sports information directors. Shortstop Marissa Leslie has been named the PSAC Central Freshman of the Year and was joined on the all-conference team by four Crimson Hawks teammates. Senior outfielder Alex Daughenbaugh and freshman first baseman Megan McCormick were chosen for the first team. Leslie, junior catcher Sam Goettman, and sophomore pitcher Erin Holloway were on the second team.
Senior swimmer Pawel Glowiak has been selected to receive the PSAC Top Ten award for the second consecutive year. The award, voted on by PSAC sports information directors, is given to ten athletes—five men and five women—after the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons, based on athletic and academic excellence.
IUP tied a school record by winning ten event titles and set a new school mark after nine different athletes posted first-place finishes, highlighting the track and field team's performance at the PSAC outdoor championships recently at Millersville.
Only the 1986 team matched this year's squad with ten wins and held the previous record for first-place finishes, with seven.
Maddy Outman had two wins and was named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete and Most Outstanding Overall Athlete of the meet. Both IUP teams finished fourth in team standings.
Meghan Kuhns rallied past Monica Berardi, including a 6-0 third set, to give IUP a 5-4 victory over Shippensburg in its final PSAC West match of the season. Kuhns's final set was played after all other singles matches were done, and her dominating play enabled the Crimson Hawks to break through with a PSAC West win. Emily Shubra contributed a win at No. 2 singles, dropping only three games in the match, and IUP swept all three doubles matches.