Penn State sophomore Tessa Barrett earned her second All-American honor when she finished fifth in the 5,000 meter run at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track Championships March 10 in College Station, TX.
Barrett, from Waverly (Abington Heights), was timed in 15:42.29. On March 11, she finished 10th in the 3,000 meter run (9:16.50). It was her first All-American honor on the track. She earned a certificate in cross country last fall.
“Tessa’s fifth-place finish was very important to me to see her come through and be an All-American on the track,” coach John Gondak told the media after her race. “We got a great race from her.”
Barrett finished second in the 5K (15:28.47) and fourth in the 3K (9:09.19) to help the Nittany Lion women capture the Big Ten Championships Feb. 24-25 in Geneva, OH. The 5K time was a personal record. Her best in the 3K (9:07.22) came in a first-place finish in the Penn State National on Feb. 28 in University Park.
Penn State opens the outdoor season Friday at the Pac 12-Big Ten Challenge in Tempe, Ariz. Barrett will compete in the 5,000 and 10,000 this spring.
Kevin Elwell (Abington Heights)
The 6-foot, 175-pound senior right-hander is 2-1 pitching for the 7-5 Elizabethtown baseball team. Elwell, who was 10-2 with a 3.27 earned run average last season, has a 2.14 ERA in three starts this season. His best effort came in a complete-game 1-0 victory over La Roche March 5 in Fort Pierce, Fla. He gave up six hits with one walk and five strikeouts, and the Blue Jays scored a run in the bottom of the eighth for the win. Elwell’s other victory came in the first game of the season, a 5-2 triumph over Swarthmore Feb. 26.
David Manasek (Abington Heights)
After pitching out of the bullpen with Division I Fordham the last two seasons, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior right-hander is starting for the Millersville baseball team. The Marauders have a 12-4 to start the season. Manasek has started four games and is 1-1 with a 5.29 earned run average. In 17 innings, he’s given up 16 hits and 11 runs, 10 earned, with six walks and 19 strikeouts. He pitched six innings and didn’t allow a hit with eight strikeouts to pick up a 9-2 victory over Winston-Salem State Feb. 5. In his latest effort, he pitched seven innings, allowing one hit and no runs with nine strikeouts. Millersville won 1-0 in eight innings.
Joshua Slocum (Abington Heights)
The senior is hitting .433 (13-for-30) for the 5-6 Wilkes baseball team. He has six doubles, seven RBIs and nine runs scored and had three hits, two runs scored with an RBI in a 11-2 victory over Penn State-Schuylkill Feb. 22 in Wilkes-Barre. He had two doubles and two runs scored in a 17-15 triumph over Elizabethtown March 5 in Fort Pierce, Fla. The first baseman-outfielder has made just on error on 42 chances (.976).
Matt McDonald (Abington Heights)
The sophomore right-hander has picked up a pair of saves pitching in relief for the Scranton baseball team. The Royals are 8-5 after their spring break trip. McDonald pitched three hitless, scoreless innings with two strikeouts to get the save in a 5-3 victory over Albright on Feb 25 in Flemington, N.J. On March 13 in Fort Myers, Fla., he pitched one scoreless inning to record a save in an 8-6 victory over MacMurray. McDonald has worked 8.1 innings and has given up nine hits, five runs, all earned, with four strikeouts.
Paige Harris (Abington Heights)
The 5-foot-6 freshman right-hander has a 3-1 record pitching for the Millersville softball team and the Marauders are 7-8 on the season. Harris has pitched in seven games with two starts and has a 3.75 earned run average. In 18.2 innings, she’s given up 15 hits and 12 runs, 10 earned, with 17 walks and 14 strikeouts. She pitched her best game in a 13-1 complete game victory over Bluefield State March 5 in Raleigh, N.C. In five innings, Harris gave up three hits, an unearned run, with one walk and seven strikeouts.
J.C. Show (Abington Heights)
The sophomore aggravated a triceps injury he originally had over the summer and was sidelined for the Binghamton men’s basketball game on Dec. 7. The 6-foot-3 guard, a Bucknell transfer, was leading the Bearcats in scoring (13.3) after 12 games with 47 rebounds, 21 assists and seven steals. He led the team in scoring in five games. Binghamton was 7-5 when Show was sidelined, but was just 5-15 after he left and finished with a 12-20 record.
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