The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 7, 2013

College sports notebook: Bucknell, Lehigh take Patriot-leading shows on the road


Bloomsburg’s men’s track and field team ranked 10th in Atlantic Region

BLOOMSBURG — After a strong performance at the Division II Challenge last weekend, the Bloomsburg University men’s track and field team earned a spot in the Atlantic regional rankings for the first time this season. The team is ranked 10th and has a number of athletes with top-10 times in their events.

Milton grad Matt Stuck posted an NCAA qualifying mark in the pole vault and has the fourth highest vault of the season in the PSAC at 4.65 meters. Southern Columbia grad Matt Moore time of 8.48 in the 60-meter hurdles is the third best time in the conference and a PSAC qualifier.

Devin Barr has the second best time in the PSAC in the 200-meter dash at 21.84 seconds. That mark is both a PSAC and NCAA provisional qualifying time. Barr also has the sixth best time in the 60-meter dash at 7.03.

In the 400-meter, Jessie Mustapha’s time of 49.06 is the fourth best in the PSAC and is an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

The 4x400 relay team of Barr, Cal Rosenstein, Zach Tulio and John Barnett holds the fifth fastest time in the PSAC on the year at 3:21.09.

The Huskies will travel to Lewisburg to take part in the Bucknell Winter Classic Saturday at 10 a.m.

Huskies a unanimous pick to lead PSAC Central in preseason softball poll

LOCK HAVEN — Kutztown, Bloomsburg and Gannon earned the top slot in their respective divisions in the 2013 PSAC Softball Coaches Preseason Poll.

Bloomsburg was unanimously picked to lead the Central Division in 2013 with all five first-place nods. At the plate, the Huskies are led by junior Mandi Bear, who recorded the best batting average of the 2013 returners (.355), while leading the team in doubles with 16.

In the pitching circle, Bloomsburg will look to veteran Cait Paine, who wrapped-up 2012 with a 24-10 record, a 1.23 ERA, and a PSAC-leading 304 strikeouts. The lefty ranked seventh in all of D-II in strikeouts, as she recorded 14 games with 10 or more strikeouts.

The Golden Bears, who took the Eastern Division title in 2012, earned four first-place votes and enter 2013 coming off a record-breaking season with 52 wins, a 33-game winning streak and the program’s first bid into the NCAA Championship.

In the Western Division, Gannon clinched the top spot with two first place votes after finishing 2012 with a 30-17 overall record, just behind California (Pa.) (33-10).

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