Smith, Shigo lead Penn State to Big Ten title
Xavier Smith and Morgan Shigo helped Penn State men’s track team capture its first-ever Big Ten Conference Outdoor Championship on May 15 in University Park. And both have been rewarded by earning a trip to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round starting Thursday in Lexington, Ky.
Junior Smith, a Daniel Boone grad, finished second in the 100 (windaided 10.10) and 200 meter (wind-aided 29.23) dashes and ran a leg on the second-place finishing 4x4 with a time of 3:05.22.
Sophomore Shigo, a Fleetwood Area grad, finished second in the hammer throw with a personal record heave of 222 feet, 11 inches.
Smith will compete in the 100 at the prelims. He’s seeded 35th with a time of 10.35. He’ll also compete in the 4x1 (39.48) and 4x4 (3:05.22) relays, both ranked 17th. This will be the first time that Smith has run the 100 in the prelims. His 4x4 relay finished 10th indoors last winter and his 4x1 relay finished 17th outdoors last spring.
Shigo’s effort at the Big Ten meet places him 14th on the hammer throw list. He finished 28th as a freshman but earned All-American honors by finishing eighth in the weight throw last winter.
The top 24 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore.
The sophomore right-hander posted a 4-3 record for the Philadelphia baseball team, the Rams finishing 19-29 overall and 1012 in the Central States Collegiate Conference. He pitched in 17 games with 11 starts and had a 3.14 earned run average. In 64.1 innings, he gave up 72 hits and 35 runs, 26 earned,
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with 17 walks and 29 strikeouts. Philadelphia’s season ended with two losses in the CACC tourney, 13-3 against Chestnut Hill and 11-7 against Wilmington, Del. Gottschall was charged with the loss in the Chestnut Hill game.
She just snuck in but the James Madison senior will take part in her first East Preliminary Round outdoor meet this Thursday in Lexington, Ky. Mundell is seeded 45th in the 48 runner field in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Her time (10:27.92) was recorded at the ECAC Championships on May 12 in Princeton, N.J. While this is her first appearance on the track, Mundell has represented the Dukes at the cross country Southeast Regionals in all four of her years.
The Penn State sophomore is seeded 21st in the javelin throw at the NCAA East Preliminary Round starting Thursday in Lexington, Ky. Her season and career-best mark of 159 feet, 3 inches was recorded when she captured the event at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou on April 8 in Baton Rouge, La. Sievers finished 23rd in the East Prelims last spring as a freshman, hitting 144 feet, 4 inches. She prepped for this year’s meet by finishing ninth (141-3) in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 12-14 in University Park.
The sophomore started all 19 games for the Misericordia women’s lacrosse team. She had 18 goals and four assists for 22 points along with eight ground balls, 11 draw controls and seven caused turnovers. The Cougars wrapped up their season in the ECAC Tournament beating Moravian 12-10 and Arcadia 11-6 before losing 11-3 to Marymount on May 14 in Galloway, N.J. Raab had two goals in the Arcadia victory and a goal in the loss to Marymount.
The freshman defensive midfielder was named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference first team for his play with the Cabrini men’s lacrosse team, the Cavaliers finishing 17-4 and going 7-0 during the league’s regular season, winning the league tournament and beating Colorado College 22-10 and Franklin & Marshall 17-9 before losing to No. 2 ranked Salisbury 17-5 in the quarterfinals on May 17. Cressman had 30 ground balls, eight caused turnovers and was 32-for-46 on faceoffs (.696). Sophomore attack Nicholas Wiligurski (Berks Catholic) had four goals and four assists in 12 games and one start.
Penn State’s Xavier Smith runs to a second place finish in the men’s 100 meter dash final at the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 14, 2017.