CUP Sports Roundup: Falk Earns Another Academic Award

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CLARION, Pa. – Tyler Falk was named Academic All-District, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

(Photo: Tyler Falk. Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

The Fombell, Pa. native was an Academic All-American in 2016, the first member of the Clarion baseball team to ever earn the honor. Falk will now appear on the Academic All-American ballot for 2017, with voting scheduled to begin next week.

Falk maintained a remarkable 4.0 GPA in Finance, all while being a key cog in Clarion baseball’s most successful season in five years. Falk currently leads the Golden Eagles in batting average (.368), slugging percentage (.536), and on-base percentage (.477), and has appeared in every game of the 2017 campaign. Despite batting second in the order, he is just one RBI behind John Finke and Joe Lopez for the team lead with 17 runs batted in, and his 26 walks are twice as many as the second-highest total on the team.

Falk ranks among the best to ever don the Blue and Gold, currently sitting second all-time in program batting average (.370), total hits (177), and games started (151), as well as third all-time in on-base percentage (.451), games played (152), runs scored (86), RBI’s (90), and total bases (252).

BASEBALL CANCELS FINAL HOME GAMES

Due to inclement weather in the area, the scheduled Clarion home baseball doubleheader against Gannon, set for May 5, has been canceled. The games will not be made up.

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD SET FOR PSAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion track & field team will take on its PSAC rivals for their final event of the spring semester when they compete at the 2017 PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which started Thursday.

Bloomsburg is hosting the event with most of the action taking place Saturday and Sunday.

Over a dozen members of the Blue and Gold will represent the Golden Eagles this weekend, including a few taking on multiple events.

“We have a chance to score points in a lot of different events heading into this season’s conference championship. Our training has the women ready to perform at their best this weekend,” head coach Ben Bevevino said.

In the sprints, Jess Shomo, Courtney Young and Amanda Batey will kick things off for the Golden Eagles in the 100-meter dash. Shomo is the top-seeded Golden Eagle in the event, and the ninth seed overall, and holds the Clarion program record in the 100 with a time of 12.36.

Courtney Corban will look to keep the momentum going from there, as the CU senior will be the lone Golden Eagle qualified in the 400-meter dash.

Freshman Letizia Collini joins senior Danni Tarr in competition for the 800 meter, an event that Tarr took 18th overall in one year ago with a final mark of 2:25.45.

All eyes will be on senior Tatiana Cloud, the fourth overall seed in the 400-meter hurdles in 2017. Cloud, who provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships in the 400 hurdles last week at the Paul Kaiser Classic, missed a first-overall mark in the 400 hurdles by .1 seconds at last year’s PSAC Championships, taking second overall with a final time of 1:02.80. She is joined in competition by Nicole Young.

“It will take a season-best effort from Nicole to place but over the last 2 weeks, Nicole has been doing awesome. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see a season best from her despite what the conditions may be,” Bevevino said.

Kelsey Murray and Danielle Stoner will represent CU in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while both CU sprint teams will look to end historic seasons on a high note. The 4×400 team of Corban, Tarr, Collini and Cloud, who earlier this season shattered the CU program record by over two seconds, will enter into PSAC’s seeded fifth, while the 4×100 team of Young, Corban, Shomo, and Batey will be seeded ninth. CU will also be represented in the 4×800 relay, with the team of Tarr, Breanna Leidy, Rikki Brumbaugh, and Collini that placed at indoor championships a few months back seeded sixth.

“Kelsey is another one of our girls that is in a good position to place,” Bevevino said. “There’s a couple girls seeded just ahead of Murray and a couple girls just behind her that have run some very close races against each other earlier in the year. It should be a fight to get into the final scoring positions.”

Kari Steuer will be doing double-duty for the Eagles in the field events, having qualified in both the shotput and discuss. Katie Brest also qualified in the shot put, while Abby Gulvna will represent CU in the javelin.

” As long as we handle the pressure of the situation, we’ll be just fine,” Bevevino said. “We’re going to approach it as just another track meet. We have to handle our business and can’t be worried about what anyone else at the meet does. If that’s what we do, we’ll have good performances and good results.”


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