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College notebook: Captains’ Elliott is an All-American
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
Christopher Newport’s Jenna Elliott is a track and field All-American.
The sophomore from Massaponax High School cleared 5–5 to place sixth in the women’s high jump at last weekend’s NCAA Division III championships in Claremont, Calif.
Elliott ranks second among high jumpers on CNU’s career list. Only Casey Taylor (5–10 in 2000) has gone higher.
CNU senior Dira Hansen (Culpeper) also competed in Claremont and finished 15th in the women’s 800 meters (2:14.07).
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Stafford County will have two representatives in the NCAA Division I track and field championships next week in Des Moines, Iowa, both in the triple jump.
Clemson graduate student April Sinkler (Brooke Point) finished eighth among the women (43–6), and Indiana senior Olu Olamigoke (Mountain View) was 10th among the men (51–1) at last weekend’s East Regional meet in Jacksonville.
Sinkler was also 19th in the long jump (19–11) and tied for 23rd in the high jump, where she cleared the same height (5–7) as Morgan State senior Monae Waller (Courtland).
North Carolina’s Reynaldo Radlin (North Stafford) was 26th in the men’s 400 hurdles (53.20). East Carolina’s Brittany Copeland (Brooke Point) was 33rd in the women’s 5,000 (16:59.72), and Virginia’s Thomas Porter (Mountain View) was 40th in the men’s 5,000 (14:47.67). George Mason’s Travaughn Baker-Johnson (Stafford) was 35th in the men’s long jump (23–0).
Hofstra’s best season in school history ended one win short of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, but not before some heroics by senior outfielder Michelle Lavagnino (Riverbend).
Her 11th-inning RBI single Friday night gave the Pride a 2–1 win over South Florida in the opener of their best-of-three Super Regional. The Bulls rebounded to win twice by 2–1 scores Saturday.
Lavagnino finished with a .268 average and nine stolen bases for the Pride (42–15), while senior catcher Courtney Crews (North Stafford) batted .255 with two home runs, 19 RBIs and a .990 fielding percentage.
Sophomore Gunnar Carroll (Louisa) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in Army’s 8–4 victory over Holy Cross in Tuesday’s Patriot League final.
Carroll is 2–0 with a 2.45 ERA and eight saves for the Black Knights (41–13), who will face Virginia Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Charlottesville.
Senior second baseman Levi Hyams (Colonial Forge) ended his career on an eight-game hitting streak, but Georgia lost to Vanderbilt (4–1) and Auburn (3–2) at the Southeastern Conference tournament. Hyams batted .250 with two homers and 26 RBIs.
Freshman attacker Paul Hummer (Brooke Point) was a member of Loyola’s national championship team. He played in one game.
Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443