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Alumni Update - Tyler Palenchak (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Three members of the Slippery Rock University men's cross country and track and field programs werePalenchak SRU recognized Friday with selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team that recognizes academic and athletic excellence over the last year.

Tyler Palenchak, Jeremy Parsons and Jacob VanHouten were all voted to the team all-district squad for the first times in their respective careers. All three student-athletes now advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot.

Nominations for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team are submitted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The All-District teams are voted on by the sports information directors in each district and the Academic All-America team is voted on by a national committee.

In order to be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing, must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and must have significant athletic credentials.

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Alumni Update - Sam Taylor (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BRADENTON, Fla.Sam Taylor earned All-America honors in the javelin to lead the Slippery Rock University track and field team on theTaylor SRU final day of the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championships from IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Taylor, competing in her fourth consecutive outdoor national meet, finished ninth in the javelin to earn second team All-America honors. It marks her third straight All-America finish in the javelin.

She was sitting out of the finals grouping with one throw to go in the first round, but landed a toss of 48.63 meters on her third throw to earn a spot in the finals. She improved on that effort on her sixth and final throw with a mark of 49.06 meters, the second best in her career.

Taylor, a Gateway graduate, was one of three Slippery Rock women competing Saturday at the national meet.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Photo Journal: Baseball WPIAL AAAA First Round Playoffs - Gateway vs. Pine-Richland (May 16)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Gateway and Pine-Richland meet in the WPIAL AAAA First Round Playoffs, Monday, May 16, 2016 at North Allegheny High School. Pine-Richland holds Gateway to one run winning the game 3-1.

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Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Alumni Update - Jae’Lens Means (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MANSFIELD, Pa. – The Vulcans equaled its highest-ever finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic ConferenceMeans CalU (PSAC) Championships after nine entries scored on Saturday, highlighted by a victory in the 4x100-meter relay.


The California University of Pennsylvania men's track & field team placed sixth in the team standings with 70 points. Shippensburg cruised to its eighth-straight league championship with 208.5 points, while Slippery Rock placed second with 123 points and East Stroudsburg finished third with 109 points.


The 4x100-meter relay of freshman Jimmy Wheeler, junior Joe Vedilago, sophomore Montre Tates and redshirt freshman Jae'Len Means won the event by nearly one-tenth of a second with a time of 41.13 seconds, which was just one-hundredth of a second shy of the NCAA provisional standard. The Vulcans, who also posted the top time in yesterday's preliminaries, repeated as the league champion in the event despite just one member of the relay returning from last year.


Means, a Gateway graduate, also earned All-PSAC status in both the 100- and 200-meter dash on Saturday. He reset his own school record in the finals of the 100 meters by seven-hundredth of a second after placing third in the event with a time of 10.649 seconds, which was just three-thousandths of a second back of second place. Means also placed second in the finals of the 200 meters after crossing the finish line in 21.77 seconds.
 

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pa.)

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Lacrosse: Strong finish could pay off for Gateway

Written by Joe Koch on .

After losing its first three games, the Gateway boys lacrosse team has steadily improved and enters its final four games with an overall record of 5-5 and a Division 2, Section 2 record of 4-1.

Gateway's section victories have come against Allderdice, 12-0, Aquinas Academy, 14-3, Plum, 15-7 and Winchester Thurston, 12-5. Their section loss came against defending WPIAL Division 2 champion Hampton, 16-3.

The Gators close out the season with games against Indiana, Norwin, Hempfield and Plum.