CU Roundup: Fernald’s Dash Highlights PSAC Indoor Championships

| February 24, 2019


EDINBORO, Pa. – Alice Fernald notched one of the best 400m runs in program history to headline Clarion’s day at the 2019 PSAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, helping the Golden Eagles to a 14th place finish among their conference competitors.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

Clarion scored nine team points.

Fernald set a new PR in the 400m a week ago at the Kent State Tune-Up, crossing the line in 58.91 in her final action before the conference championships. The freshman two-sport athlete shaved nearly a quarter-second off that time in the big race on Saturday, winning the fifth of six heats with a 58.69. That put her behind just Millersville’s Clara Forney, who won the event with a time of 57.91.

The 58.69 mark ranks as the second-fastest time in the event in program history, 0.04 seconds ahead of Alexis Carter’s mark and 0.26 seconds behind Tatiana Cloud’s record set in 2017. She is now one of only four Golden Eagles to crack the one-minute barrier in the 400m.

In addition to Fernald’s sprint, the Golden Eagles also scored in the Distance Medley Relay, taking eighth place in the crowded field. The quartet of Allison Gates, McKayla Hoover, Haley Schaller and Anna Foster crossed the line in 13:03.10, nearly two full seconds ahead of Pitt-Johnstown’s squad and good enough for eighth.

Those were the only two groups to score on Saturday, but the Golden Eagles were well-represented elsewhere in the field. Style Henry posted her best run of the season in the 60m, finishing in 7.82 to come up just shy of matching her program record. The 4×800 Relay team of Gates, Schaller, Foster and Danielle Stoner finished 10thwith a time of 10:25.09, and the 4×400 team of Nicole Young, Kia Braithwaite, Hoover and Fernald took 11th and finished just three seconds from a top-eight spot.

In the distance events, Anna Foster took 11th in the 3000m, finishing in 10:46.45, and Kayce Bobnar took 13th in the 5000m.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING FINISHES FOURTH

YORK, Pa.- The Clarion women’s swimming team concluded action at the PSAC championships on Saturday, finishing in fourth place for the consecutive year with a team score of 663.5.

Senior Becca Yonek got the scoring started for the Blue and Gold taking home 12 team points in the 1650 Free, good enough for a 15th place finish. Freshman Sarah Murray added to the team total finishing in 22nd with a final time of 18:44.82.

In the next event, the 100 Free, Morgan Manglaviti took home a top 10 finish with a final mark of 52.94, Abbey Newman touched the wall in 53.69 for a 14th place finish. Letizia Collini picked up six team points finishing with a final time of 53.86.

Ava Arnold finished the 200 Backstroke in 12th place with a final tally of 2:06.98 for 15 team points, while her teammate Stephanie Setar grabbed five team points in the event. Mary Clare Smith finished in sixth place in the 200 Breaststroke marking the best finish of the night for the Golden Eagles. She touched the wall in 2:22.26 for 24 team points. The triplet of Michelle Morrisey, Candice Chalus and Kaitlynn Henninge rounded out the top 20 in the event for a combined total of 23 team points.

To end the evening the 400 freestyle relay team of Newman, Manglaviti, Gabi Wayne and Collini grabbed the fifth spot with a final time of 3:32.52 for 50 team points.

Head Coach Bree Kelley couldn’t be more proud of her team, stating “It was a team effort and we had an awesome week.”

MEN’S SWIMMERS 6TH OF 7TH AT PSAC

YORK, Pa.- The Clarion Men’s swimming team concluded action at the PSAC championships on Saturday, finishing in sixth place with a team score of 241.5.

Highlights on Saturday included Josh Thruston’s third-place finish in the 100 Free. He touched the wall with a final time of 45.41 for 16 team points. Teammate Joseph Folz rounded out the top five in the 100 Free finishing with a final mark of 46.22, while Jacob Yant finished fourth in the “B” heat for 5 team points.

Head Coach Bree Kelley is extremely pleased with her team’s efforts, stating “After the crazy year we had, I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Folz, Thruston, Drew Canter and Yant came in fourth place, edging out Shippensburg with a final time of 3:06.31 for 30 team points.

MEN’S HOOPS LOSSES IN OT AT EDINBORO

CLARION, Pa. – After trailing by as many as 15 points midway through the second half, the Clarion University men’s basketball team couldn’t claw its way back to a win, dropping an overtime game 90-86 on the road versus Edinboro, Saturday afternoon.

With just 1:58 remaining, the Golden Eagles trailed by just three points until big man Jonathan Williams hit a three-pointer to knot the score at 70 all. The Blue and Gold would take the lead with just over one minute left in the matchup, but the Fighting Scots Jaryn Simpson hit a pair of free throws to send the game into overtime.

With the score 73-72 in favor of Clarion with just 30 seconds remaining, Elijah Cottrill knocked down a pair of free throws to put the Golden Eagles up by three. Harris hit a three-pointer with just 11 seconds left to tie the ballgame at 75 all. While the Fighting Scots were celebrating the trey, Cottrill raced down the floor and made a layup to put Clarion up two, but an RJ Laugand foul sent Simpson to the line for the free throws that evened the match.

It was all Edinboro in overtime as they took over the game and ultimately shut down the Golden Eagle offense building a lead as big as five, never looking back.

The Golden Eagles fall to 5-19, 3-16 in the PSAC on the season while Edinboro improves to 9-15 overall and 6-13 in league play.

It was certainly a saga of two halves for Clarion as the Golden Eagles struggled from the floor in the first half shooting just 39 percent from the field and 27 percent from three-point range. The second half proved to be much restored, as the Blue and Gold shot at a 59 percent clip while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Cottrill finished with a team-high 24 points and nine rebounds, while Khari Williams added 23 points and five assists. Lawrence Lemon notched a double-double scoring 12 points while grabbing 12 boards.

J. Williams contributed 17 points, dished out three assists and grabbed three rebounds. Brandon Williams played a solid 22 minutes, adding five points and one assist.

For the Fighting Scots, Simpson led Edinboro with 25 points and four boards, while Trey Staunch added 23 points and 12 boards.

The Golden Eagles will return home to the Student Rec Center to play their final two games of the season this Wednesday, February 27, when they host Gannon University at 3:00 p.m. before closing out the season against Cal U on March 2.

WOMEN NO MATCH FOR EDINBORO

EDINBORO, Pa. – Kadijah Dickson recorded her team-leading eighth double-double of the season, but it was not enough to put the Golden Eagles over the Fighting Scots as Edinboro defeated Clarion 88-69 at McComb Fieldhouse. Clarion (9-17, 3-16 PSAC) will close the season next week with back-to-back home games, starting with a game against Gannon on Wednesday evening.

Dickson had the team highs with 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading a Golden Eagle effort on the glass that saw them out-rebound the Fighting Scots 34-31. Yasmin Lewis had another strong rebounding day with 13 points and six boards, and Emily Hegedus tied her season- and career-high with 13 points on the afternoon.

Turnovers proved to be costly as Clarion gave the ball away 17 times on Saturday, compared to just seven takeaways. Edinboro turned that into 25 points off turnovers, making up for the Golden Eagles’ advantage in free throw shooting.

The Golden Eagles actually jumped out to the early lead over the Fighting Scots, scoring four straight points to go ahead 4-3 on a make by Dickson. The advantage was short-lived as Ciara Rosten scored on the next trip down the floor, and Edinboro eventually built up a 15-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Lillian Young capped the run with a jumper as the clock wound to its final second, making it 26-11.

Edinboro’s lead increased to more than 20 points in the second quarter, and the Fighting Scots held a 50-23 lead at the halftime break. Clarion cut into the advantage somewhat in the fourth quarter, pulling to within 81-65 on a three-pointer by Taylor Moltz at the 3:59 mark. Lewis pushed the lead under 20 points for the final score, scoring a fast break bucket with 14 seconds left to wrap the game.

BASEBALL

COLUMBIA, Md. – Ending their weekend series in Maryland, the Clarion baseball team held on for a pair of close wins at Blandair Regional Park on Saturday afternoon topping Lock Haven in both ends of a doubleheader. The Golden Eagles won the opening game 2-0 and the late game by an 8-7 decision. The Golden Eagles (3-4) will head to Glenville, W.Va. for the PSAC / Mountain East Challenge next weekend taking at Concord on Friday, West Liberty on Saturday and completing the trip against Fairmont State on Sunday.

Game 1
Clarion scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to leapfrog the Bald Eagles early in the contest defeating Lock Haven 2-0 for their first victory of the afternoon. Sophomore Kyler Mellott earned the win after tossing a complete game shutout. Mellott fanned 11 hitters while allowing only five hits in the game and walking just one. Mellott escaped a jam in the bottom of the fourth inning stranding two Lock Haven runners after an Isaac Porter doubled and a single. Mellott would go on to strikeout Dillon Good to end the inning and the Bald Eagle threat.

In the bottom of the fifth Mellott worked out of another jam after a single and a walk put runners on first and second base, getting Max Joseph to fly out to right field to end the inning.

The Golden Eagles opened the scoring with a double from Bryce Jackson in the top of the first inning, scoring leadoff hitter Nick Fugh who reached on a walk and Chandler Palyas who was hit by a pitch in the previous at-bat. In that same inning, Brian Casper grounded out to the shortstop advancing Jackson to third. Threatening to score Alex Ficorilli grounded out to short and Jackson was thrown out trying to score to end the inning.

Shutting down the Bald Eagles all day, Mellott continued to keep the Lock Haven hitters off balance, striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh to end the ball game.

Game 2

The Golden Eagles utilized a host of pitchers in game two, ultimately resulting in an 8-7 win over the Bald Eagles. Jeremy Frazier got the nod on the bump, going three innings striking out two Lock Haven hitters rendering five hits and two earned runs. Dereck Pritchard was the last pitcher to throw before the Golden Eagles took the lead for good coming in for the top of the fifth inning before Clarion scored twice in the bottom of the sixth.

Clarion recorded 11 hits in the second game and made every one of those hits count.

After Ficorili singled in the bottom of the first, he stole second to work his way into scoring position. Jackson doubled in the very next at-bat allowing Ficorilli to score and give Clarion a 1-0 lead. Casper singled to left-center field on the first pitch of his at-bat, scoring Jackson from second making it 2-0 Blue and Gold.

On the first pitch of his first at-bat of the game, DH Dillon Wolbert sent a deep drive over the left-center field fence for his first home run of the season making the score 4-0.

Lock Haven would battle back, though, tying it up in the top of the third inning, but Casper put his team on top for good with his second and third RBIs of the game. With the bases loaded after a Thomas Lavin single, a Fugh single to center field and a Ficorilli singled, Casper roped a fastball past the Lock Haven middle infielders scoring Lavin and Fugh from second and third. Pritchard closed the door striking out the side in the top of the seventh and ending the back and forth battle of the birds.

TENNIS SHUTOUT

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Clarion tennis team resumed action for the spring season on Saturday afternoon, falling 7-0 to West Liberty in Wheeling. The Golden Eagles (1-1) will next be in action during a prolonged spring break trip to Hilton Head Island in March.

The Hilltoppers opened the match with a strong effort in the doubles session, winning all three doubles matches to clinch the extra point. The Golden Eagles put forth a good fight in the six singles matches, but West Liberty was able to take all six singles matches to finish off the win.

Alivia Arnold had the best battle of the day, giving Raissa Wagner everything she could handle in the No. 1 singles match. Arnold held close with Wagner in both sets but Wagner eventually held on for the win, taking a 6-3, 6-3 decision. Senior Vinisha Reddy had a strong start against Chloe Riley at the No. 2 spot but ultimately fell in straight sets after failing to take a game in the second set.

Throughout the rest of the lineup, West Liberty was in control, taking the remainder of the matches on the court in straight sets.

West Liberty 9, Clarion 0

Doubles

1. Chloe Riley/Laura Huwe (WLU) def. Alivia Arnold/Vinisha Reddy (CLAR) 6-0
2. Raissa Wagner/Anita Ponti (WLU) def. Michelle Petrilla/Katie Benson (CLAR) 6-0
3. Carleyah McLean/Luisa Agudelo (WLU) def. Hailey Germanoski/Sarah Kirmeyer (CLAR) 6-0
Singles
1. Raissa Wagner (WLU) def. Alivia Arnold (CLAR) 6-3, 6-3
2. Chloe Riley (WLU) def. Vinisha Reddy (CLAR) 6-2, 6-0
3. Anita Ponti (WLU) def. Michelle Petrilla (CLAR) 6-0, 6-1
4. Laura Huwe (WLU) def. Katie Benson (CLAR) 6-1, 6-0
5. Carleyah McLean (WLU) def. Hailey Germanoski (CLAR) 6-1, 6-0
6. Alex Olson (WLU) def. Sarah Kirmeyer (CLAR) 6-0, 6-1


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