HPU baseball falls to Longwood, 7-3
The High Point University baseball team fell to Longwood by a score of 7-3 in the second game of a weekend series on Saturday at Williard Stadium. Senior Willie Medina had two hits and scored a run in the game and sophomore Spencer Angelis reached base three times. The loss evens the series at one game apiece.
HPU threatened in the ninth inning after a leadoff walk by Angelis and single by senior Ryan Retz put two runners on base with no outs but could only score one run. The Panthers fall to 15-16 on the season and 3-5 in the Big South while LU improves to 15-17 overall and 5-6 in the Conference.
“There was no comparison between what each team did on the mound today,” said head coach Craig Cozart. “Brandon Vick held us in check and we couldn’t get anything going until the late innings. We have to focus on coming out tomorrow and playing our best version of baseball and winning the series.”
The Panthers fall to 15-16 on the season and 3-5 in the Big South while LU improves to 15-17 overall and 5-6 in the Conference.
Longwood starter Brandon Vick earned his third win of the season to bring his record to 3-3. The lefthander allowed three runs on ten hits while striking out three in eight innings of work.
Senior Jaime Schultz will make his first start of the season for HPU today at 1 p.m. when High Point and Longwood face off in the rubber match.
HPU MEN’S TRACK POSTS FIVE WINS
LYNCHBURG, Va. — The High Point University men’s track & field team competed in the Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday, getting wins from Dennis Crawford, Christian Spaulding, Cody Seymour and Eddie Whitlock, in Lynchburg, Va. Three Panthers also competed at the Colonial Relays at William & Mary, including Benji Szalai, who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Spaulding threw the javelin 59.51 meters (195-3) on his first attempt for the win at Liberty. He also competed in the discus, placing eighth with a throw of 39.42 meters (129-4). Freshman Jim Wilson placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 41.26 meters (135-4) and took ninth in the shot put with a distance of 13.27 meters (43-6.5).
Whitlock finished his last 300 meters of the 1,500-meter in a quick 43 seconds, kicking home for the win in 4:00.40. Seymour won the 5,000-meter by over 30 seconds, finishing in 15:26.12. Senior Mike Thiele took sixth in the 5K. Sophomore Chris Colo placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:39.67. Freshman Paul O’Donoghue led five HPU finishers in the 800-meter, placing fifth overall with a time of 1:56.87.
Crawford and senior Ryan Venable finished 1-2 in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.05 and 15.08, respectively. They raced into a head wind. Freshman Nick Hula took sixth and Crawford placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles. Hula finished in 56.96. Freshman Ben Gjebre took seventh in the 400-meter in a career-best 50.21. Freshman Andrew Kuras placed 10th in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Freshman Austin Miller placed second in the pole vault with a height of 4.65 meters (15-3). Freshman Harris Coley placed 10th in the pole vault. Also in the jumps, Max Coleman placed eighth in the long jump with a distance of 6.67 meters (21-10.75) and freshman Jordan Carr took seventh in the high jump with a height of 1.89 meters (6-2.25).
At the Colonial Relays, Szalai won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:09.14. Freshman Paddy Grandinali ran a career best of 14:43.27, good for 18th place, and sophomore Jeff LaCoste placed 22nd in a career-best 14:34.59.
RICKERT’S RECORD THROW SPARKS HPU WOMEN
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Freshman Christine Rickert won the javelin with a throw of 47.78 meters (156-9), resetting her own High Point University women’s track record as the Panthers were in action at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Rickert’s throw ranks second in Big South history.
Rickert bested her old HPU record and career best of 45.22 meters (148-4) in the javelin on Friday, which she set at HPU’s VertKlasse Meeting on March 23. Her mark of 47.78 meters ranks second in the Big South record book, behind only UNC Asheville’s Cyrstal Goure, who set the record of 48.98 meters (160-8) in 2004. She also placed 17th in the discus on Saturday.
Junior Audrey Malloy was runner-up in the 1,500-meter in a time of 4:50.45. Freshman Katie Farina finished fourth in 4:51.72 and junior Colleen Hollowood and freshman Rebecca Baldinger placed seventh and 10th, respectively. In the 5,000-meter, junior Kayleigh Perry placed third in 18:24.17 and freshman Julia Zautcke placed sixth in 18:48.23. Sophomore Leah Anne Wirfel placed 10th and freshman Lindsey Siska placed 14th.
In the sprints, freshman Lilla Lorand was HPU’s top finisher, taking fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.15. Freshman Michelle Stolz placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles and 13th in the 100-meter hurdles. Sophomore Emily Fischer placed fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.03 and freshman Emily De Lena took ninth in 200-meter and 10th in the 100-meter.
In the field events, freshman Erica Herrmann was HPU’s top finisher, placing third in the heigh jump with a height of 1.56 meters (5-1.25). Junior Kaitlin Whittington placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.09 meters (36-4.75) and freshman Alyssa Palenchar placed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 3.27 meters (10-08.75). Freshman Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick completed her first collegiate heptathlon, placing eighth with a score of 3,512.