Smith, Shigo lead Penn State to Big Ten ti­tle

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

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,


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.

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