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College notebook: Morrison makes splash in triathlon

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

Massaponax High School graduate Samantha Morrison’s dedication and versatility paid off in a fifth-place finish at the recent USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Morrison, a junior at the U.S. Air Force Academy, completed the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike leg and 10-kilometer run course in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 3 seconds.

Only overall champion Marissa Ferrante of Stanford (2:06:28) was faster among undergraduate women. Three other graduate students also posted faster times.

: Duke’s Jenny Shaughnessy (2:11:48), UAB’s Hallie Blunck (2:12:18) and California’s Christine Farson (2:13:12).

TRACK AND FIELD

Indiana senior Olumide Olamigoke (Mountain View) tied his outdoor career best (51–3) to place fourth in the men’s college triple jump at Saturday’s Penn Relays.

Also in Philadelphia, junior Roderick Spruel (Chancellor) helped Liberty finish third in the men’s IC4A 800 relay (1:25.82) and fifth in the 400 relay (41.51).

Junior Whitney Staton (Chancellor) and senior Brittany Wilhelm (Brooke Point) helped James Madison place 31st in the Penn Relays women’s sprint medley relay (4:08.96).

SOFTBALL

Mary Washington freshman Hannah Otterman was named Capital Athletic Conference rookie of the year Monday after going 12–7 with a 2.24 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 144 innings. Joining her on the all-CAC first team were UMW senior first baseman Morgan Lamon (.469, 36 RBIs) and senior outfielder Amanda Adams (.305). Brooke Point graduate Michelle Durnavich (.363) and junior outfielder Brandee Adams (.386) were the Eagles’ second-team picks.

Junior Meghan Smith (Mountain View) went 7 for 14 with three home runs and nine RBIs as Appalachian State swept a doubleheader from Tennessee Tech and lost two of three weekend games to Samford.

Bridgewater junior Heather Jenkins (Orange) earned her 17th win 3–2 over Virginia Wesleyan in Saturday’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference semifinals. She then worked six innings of relief in the Eagles’ 7–2 loss to Roanoke in Sunday’s final.

Senior Nichole Beall (Culpeper) hit one of Radford’s four homers in Sunday’s 8–0 win over Gardner–Webb. Freshman Micalah Sacre (Orange) combined on the shutout, one day after striking out eight in five-plus innings of a 4–1 win over the Bulldogs.

Senior Courtney Crews (North Stafford) hit a three-run homer to help Hofstra sweep a doubleheader from Towson Saturday.

Baseball

Junior Kyle Haynes (Mountain View) allowed one hit in seven shutout innings with six strikeouts in VCU’s 3–0 win over Old Dominion on Sunday. Haynes is 3–4 with a 4.00 ERA in 11 starts.

Eastern Mennonite senior outfielder Beau Banglesdorf (Mountain View) was named second-team all-ODAC after batting .395 with 18 doubles, 35 runs scored with 27 RBIs. Hampden–Sydney senior outfielder Jordan Wind (Essex, .281) and Bridgewater sophomore pitcher Robert Gallet (North Stafford, 5–2, 3.01 ERA) were third-team picks.

Senior second baseman Levi Hyams (Colonial Forge) went 2 for 4 in Georgia’s 5–3 win over fourth-ranked LSU on Sunday.

GOLF

Randolph–Macon junior Hunter Weaver (Orange) tied for fourth at last week’s ODAC championships in Cape Charles, shooting a two-round score of 149, five over par. He was named to the all-ODAC second team after compiling a 76.2 round average.

SWIMMING

Freshman Jake Shafer (Riverbend) was named VMI’s male MVP after setting school records in the 200-yard butterfly (1:55.40) and four relays.

FOOTBALL

Redshirt freshman Blake Frohnapfel (Colonial Forge) completed 20 of 28 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns with one interception at Marshall’s spring scrimmage.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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