College Corner: Regan Rome breaks William & Mary record at Penn State Nationals

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader | February 2nd, 2016 7:36 pm

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader


Regan Rome raced against some of the best runners in college track at the Penn State Nationals last weekend in State College and the William & Mary sophomore more than held her own.

The Dallas High grad finished fourth in the invitational section of the 3,000-meter run and she recorded a personal best time of 9:19.67, breaking the school record in the process. The old mark was set by former All-American Elaina Balouris in 2014.

The time currently ranks Rome 10th in the nation — the top 16 at season’s end are invited to the NCAAS. Should she make the field, Rome will be shooting for her second All-American honor. She finished 25th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall to earn her first certificate.

The Tribe returns to State College for the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Friday and Saturday.

Big win for Robinson

Lock Haven senior Ben Robinson came up with a sparkling effort in last weekend’s Bucknell Bison Open in Lewisburg. The Tunkhannock Area grad captured the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:22.98. He beat the second place finisher by nearly 10 seconds and his time is the 10th best in Lock Haven history. The time also ranks second in the PSAC behind Shippensburg’s Kieran Sutton (Lake Lehman) who posted an 8:10.23 time (third best in Division II) at the Penn State Nationals.

Robinson also has the best time in the PSAC in the mile (4:13.08).

“Ben’s training has been going extremely well and he’s maintained a very relaxed and focused approach to the season,” coach Aaron Russell said. “He enters every race with great confidence and I’ve been impressed with his poise as he competes.”

Junior Jacob Fetterman, a Hazleton Area grad, finished third behind teammate Addison Monroe in the 5,000-meter run during the first day of the Bucknell meet. They were the top two collegiate finishers.

Fetterman’s time (14:58.29) is second to Monroe on the PSAC leaderboard.

“Jacob is one of the hardest workers on our team and he is a fierce competitor,” Russell said. “He trained well and his performances are starting to show the dividends.”

Arnold sparkles, too

Junior Alexis Arnold, a Dallas High grad, also came up with a solid effort competing with the Lock Haven women’s indoor track team at Bucknell.

Arnold finished second in the 5,000 meter run in 18:01.84. That is currently the fourth best on the leaderboard for the upcoming PSAC Championships. She also ranks 12th on the PSAC list in the 3,000 meter run.

“Alexis’ training has been on point and her focus is unwavering,” coach Aaron Russell said. “I predict that she will be cracking the Lock Haven top-five all-time list in the next couple of weeks. She’s ready for some big things the rest of the season.”

Wingert gets to start

After being a solid backup player with the Stevenson men’s volleyball team the past three seasons, senior Rob Wingert is the starting setter with the Mustangs this season.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Holy Redeemer grad has started all five matches and all 17 sets for the team, which is 3-2 and knocked off No. 10-ranked Elmira 3-0 last Saturday in Owings Mills, MD. He has 162 assists (9.53 a set) with 30 digs, 10 blocks, five kills and four service aces.

“Rob always understood his role and never complained, which paid dividends in him landing the starting spot this season,” coach Steve Grossnickle said. “Since his first day as a freshman, Rob has never taken a day off. His work ethic is second to none.”

The coach enjoys working with Wingert.

“I look forward to coming in every day and watching him play and, hopefully, teaching him something new,” Grossnickle said. “I put a lot of trust into Rob to run an offense that he and I both deem successful.”

Raider duo qualifies

Shippensburg sophomores Bryanna Dissinger and Alyssa Sitch had PSAC qualifying performances at last weekend’s Bison Open meet in Lewisburg.

Dissinger, a Dallas High grad, posted a time of 10:44.11 in the 3,000-meter run.

“Bree is well ahead of where she was at this point last year,” coach Steve Spence said. “We are looking forward to her running a 25-lap race (5k) at Boston University (Feb. 12).”

Sitch, a Hazleton Area graduate, qualified with a 16-10 1/2 effort in the long jump at Bucknell.

“Alyssa put the work in over break and looks great thus far,” coach Dave Osanitsch said. “She has explosive potential. She started out January with a season PR in the long jump and we expect her to get to 17 feet very soon.”

The Raiders are at the Crusader Classic Saturday in Selinsgrove.

Bennett eager to learn

Elon freshman Ellie Bennett finished tied for fifth place in the pole vault with a 10-6 effort at the recent North Carolina-Greenville Spartan Team Challenge indoor track meet in Winston-Salem, NC.

“Ellie is an extremely hard worker and eager to learn and improve on her pole vault skills,” coach Mark Elliston said. “She’s also working on her technique along with her strength and speed.”

While Bennett has shown vast improvement, she has experienced some ups and downs in certain areas according to the coach.

“Ellie has battled some recent foot issues that are slowing her progress down,” Elliston said. “But she has stayed determined to overcome that and get back on the runway and continue to reach for new heights.”

PSAC honor for Sutton

Shippensburg junior Kieran Sutton, a Lake-Lehman grad, was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

Sutton was named after scoring a victory in the 3,000-meter run at last Saturday’s Penn State Nationals in University Park.

Sutton finished eighth in a field of Division I athletes in 8:10.23 which is an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time. It currently ranks third on the NCAA’s performance list and ranks first on the PSAC list.

The time was also a three-second indoor best for Sutton and is 22 seconds faster than any other 3k time in the league.

Sutton is expected to be an integral leg on the Raiders distance medley relay team when it competes in the Valentine Invitational Friday, Feb. 12 in Boston.

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