Alumni Update - Kennedy Evans (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEW ORLEANS– The Slippery Rock University women's track and field program landed six student-athletes on the All-Region team inEvans SRU the Atlantic Region, as announced this week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

In order for an athlete to be named All-Region, they must own one of the best five performances in their event among all athletes in the Atlantic Region, which includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Mountain East Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

The Rock are represented on the team by six women in seven different events, including five women that posted the best performance in the Atlantic Region in their respective events.

Those five women are Sabrina Anderson in the heptathlon, Kaitlyn Clark in the pole vault, Paige Kassab in the high jump,Jenny Picot in the 5,000-meter run and Sam Taylor in the javelin.

Slippery Rock is also represented on the All-Region team by Kennedy Evans in the 400-meter hurdles and Anderson in the high jump.

Evans, a Butler graduate, earns her first career All-Region honor in the 400-meter hurdles after moving up to the event from the 100-meter hurdles this spring. She posted an NCAA provisional mark in her first race at the distance and earned an All-PSAC finish with a third place showing last weekend. Her mark of 1:01.21 was the fourth fastest in the region this spring. 


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Alumni Update - Paige Allen (Penn State-Behrend)

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WESTFIELD, Ma. – The Penn State Behrend women's track and field team finished in 20th place (18 points) out of 60Allen PSUB scoring teams in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships Thursday.

Paige Allen, a Butler grasduate, medaled twice in the championships, taking second in the 100m and first in the 200m. She ran an 11.97 in the 100m, missing the gold by 0.01 seconds. Allen the won the 200m with a new school record of 24.66. She scored all 18 points for the Lions. 


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)


Alumni Update - Mick Fennell (California University of Pennsylvania)

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MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – California University of Pennsylvania senior outfielder Mick Fennell earned all-region laurelsFennell CalU for the second-straight day, as he was selected to the Conference Commissioner's Association (CCA) All-Region Second-Team on Thursday afternoon.

Fennell received second-team all-region honors from the organization for a consecutive year. Yesterday, he was named to National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) First-Team All-Region.

A Butler High School graduate, Fennell led the team in virtually every offensive category while also ranking among the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) leaders. He tallied a league-high seven triples and finished ninth in the conference with both a .669 slugging percentage and a .478 on-base percentage.

Fennell also led the team with a .385 batting average (65-for-169), eight homers and 22 stolen bases – setting career highs in homers and steals. The PSAC West Athlete of the Year also recorded a career high with 33 RBI and scored 57 runs while hitting leadoff in all 48 games.

A four-year starter, Fennell was recently named a national semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award, which is presented to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division II.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pa.)


Track: North Feature Athlete - Butler's Emily Horstman

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Emily Horstman
High School: Butler
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field
Events: 100, 200, 400 relay, 1,600 relay

Background: Horstman ran an 11.86 in the 100-meter dash at the Pine Richland Invitational to take the meet and break the school record. She serves as co-captain and is a two-time PIAA qualifier. Horstman will be attending Slippery Rock University in the fall.


Baseball: Butler grad named PSAC player of the year at Cal

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Butler graduate and California (Pa.) baseball standout Mick Fennell.

"Before each conference home game this season, California University of Pennsylvania standout Mick Fennell would channel his inner-Ozzie Smith. The Butler High graduate performed a scintillating cartwheel-to-backflip routine before sprinting to his center-field position.

Gleaned from videos of Smith, the former St. Louis Cardinals star, Fennell mesmerized teammates.

"To see how athletic he is and to see all the energy he brings, it got us going right away," said utility man Danny McGrath, a second-team Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference pick and a Franklin Regional grad. "He can do a flip on command; it's amazing. He has a way of setting the tone for everybody around here."

A tone-setter and team leader, Fennell will be remembered as an all-time Cal great. He completed his stellar career this past Monday when the Vulcans were eliminated from the PSAC tournament."