Local roundup: South grad Jones ties PSU pole vault record
South Williamsport grad Katie Jones tied the Penn State school record height in the pole vault as she topped her personal best at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex for the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Jones, a freshman, cleared 13 feet, 6 1/4 inches, beating her previous personal best of 13-5 3/4.
Jones finished sixth. Wisconsin’s Taylor Amann won the event with a height of 13-3 1/2.
Jones cleared 13-6 1/4 (4.12 meters) on her third vault. She couldn’t clear 4.17 on any of her three vault attempts.
At the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Princeton, Mansfield’s Hunter Watkins (javelin) took sixth and Charlise Bowen (pole vault) took 11th on the first day of competition.
Watkins qualified for the finals in the javelin and took sixth overall with his best throw of 61.29 meters. He registered three throws over 60 meters.
Bowen cleared the opening height of 3.70 meters and on her third attempt, came up just shy of 3.18 meters to finish 11th.
She was the only Division II athlete in the field.
• Williamsport used two sixth-inning rallies Friday night and picked up hard-fought wins against Berwick and Crestwood at Elm Park in the opening night of its eight-team tournament. Saturday’s games were rained out, so Williamsport closed the week on a high, beating Berwick, 5-3 and Crestwood, 8-6.
The Millionaires (9-5) broke a 3-3 tie in their first game as Elaina Stone doubled and drove in two runs. Avery Eiswerth also doubled and Mikayla Aldenderfer threw a complete-game. Williamsport worked its sixth-inning magic again against Crestwood, scoring three times and erasing a one-run deficit. Freshman Emma Dickey went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs and Eiswerth and Olivia Fessler both hit doubles. Sammie Reeder also had a strong game and went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Freshman Kirsten Smith struck out six and earned her first win in relief.
• After a 3-0 loss to Penn State Berks in the NEAC Tournament, Penn College rebounded with a 9-4 win over PSU Abington in college baseball.
South Williamsport grad Cody Nelson threw 5 1/3 innings for the Wildcats against PSU Abington and struck out six. The Wildcats collected 15 hits as Nathaniel Lowe (double), Williamsport grad Noah Esposito, Colton Riley, Brittan Kittle (double), Ben Flicker, Cody Cline and Alex Zelger all had two hits each.
The Wildcats will face Penn State Berks today for the championship. Penn College will have to win twice.
• Bucknell’s Maura Fiamoncini earned a win in the javelin on the first day of the ECAC Championships. The freshman had a throw of 176 feet, 11 inches, more than 10 feet further than the silver medalist. Her mark also topped her Patriot League Championship record of 166-3, which earned her Rookie of the Meet accolades.
Bucknell also had Taylor Oxley and Kasey Getkin place in the javelin at seventh and eighth, respectively.
Bucknell had three other top-10 finishers in Kaitlin Salisbury (long jump, sixth), Margaret Thomson (3,000-meter steeplechase, seventh) and Molly Montalvo (hammer throw, 10th).
Thomson’s time of 10:37.96 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase moved her from fifth to second in school history.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Berwick 000 102 0–3 8 3
Williamsport 000 212 x–5 5 1
Levan and Starr. Mikayla Aldenderfer and Kalindi Maggs. W–Aldenderfer, (3-1). L–Levan
Top Berwick hitters: K. Starr 1-3, RBI. Top Williamsport hitters: Avery Eiswerth 1-3, 2B, RBI, run; Elaina Stone 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Katie Meale 1-3, run; Jessica Brooks 1-2, run.
Crestwood 002 211 0–6 6 3
Williamsport 140 003 x–8 10 3
Cook and Kulp. Skyler Colarusso, Kirsten Smith (2) and Kalindi Maggs. W–Smith, (1-1). L–Cook.
Top Crestwood hitters: Konshink 2-2, 3 RBIs; Sobolewski 2-4, 2 RBIs, run. Top Williamsport hitters: Avery Eiswerth 1-2, 2B, 2 RBIs, run; Sammie Reeder 2-3, RBI, 2 runs; Emma Dickey 3-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Katie Meale 1-2; Skyler Colarusso 1-2, RBI; Jessica Brooks 1-2, RBI; Olivia Fessler 1-2, 2B, RBI.
Records: Williamsport (9-5).
PSU Berks 3,
Penn College 0
Penn College 000 000 000 — 0 2 3
PSU Berks 020 100 00x — 3 8 1
N. Holt, Blankenhorn (7) and B. Kittle. Sean Pavlik and Damian Mace. W–Pavlik (5-1). L–Holt (3-3).
Top Penn College hitters: N. Lowe, 2B. Top PSU Berks hitters: Tyler Comport 2-4; Damian Mace 2-4.
Penn College 9,
PSU Abington 4
PSU Abington 010 102 000 — 4 8 4
Penn College 021 102 30x — 9 15 0
P. McDonald, N. Hopely (6), J. Himmelreic (8) and A. Mikula. Cody Nelson, Devon Sanders (6) and Brittan Kittle. W–Sanders. L–McDonald.
Top PSU Abington hitters: S. Stevenson 3-5; R. McCarty, 2B; J. Himmelreic 2-5, run. Top Penn College hitters: Nathaniel Lowe 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 runs;Alex Zelger 2-4, RBI, 2 runs; Cody Cline 2-4, run; Ben Flicker 2-4, 2 RBIs, run; Brittan Kittle 2-5, 2B, RBI.
Records: Penn College (20-14).