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A-K Valley campus clippings: Geist among world’s best in shot put

Doug Gulasy
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Arizona’s Jordan Geist competes during the Desert Heat Classic on April 28, 2018, at Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Jordan Geist continues to prove himself one of the top throwers in the world.

The Arizona sophomore, a Knoch graduate, threw a season-best 69 feet, 4.75 inches in the shot put at Saturday’s Texas Tech Shootout.

That mark ranks second this season in the NCAA and fourth in the International Association of Athletics Federations world rankings. He broke meet and facility records at Texas Tech.

Men’s basketball

Allegheny: Senior Billy Urso (Fox Chapel) played all 55 minutes in the longest game of Allegheny’s David V. Wise Center history, a 95-94 win by Oberlin in triple overtime. Urso had nine points and four assists.

Saint Vincent: Senior Mike Simmons (Kiski Area) scored 13 points in an 88-60 win over Waynesburg. He made a pair of 3-point attempts and went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the victory.

Women’s basketball

Allegheny: Junior Zoe Soilis (Freeport) scored nine points and added five rebounds in a 66-54 loss to Denison. Sophomore Brooke Smith (Burrell) added five points and five rebounds.

Carlow: Freshman Megan Ost (Apollo-Ridge) reached double figures in scoring in three of her past four games. The run began with a career-high 18-point, 17-rebound performance in a 78-63 loss to Point Park and included a 13-point, 13-rebound effort in a 69-65 loss against WVU Tech and 14 points and six rebounds in a 104-83 loss to Rio Grande (Ohio). In the other game during the stretch, Ost had nine points and six rebounds in a 98-52 loss to IU Kokomo (Ind.). Sophomore Ashlyn Jonczak (Highlands) scored 13 points, her second-best total of the season, in the loss to IU Kokomo.

IUP: Junior Natalie Myers (Burrell) had a perfect night in an 88-51 win over Slippery Rock. Myers scored a career-high 17 points in the victory, shooting 6 for 6 from the field, including five 3-pointers.

St. Francis (Pa.): Senior Courtney Zezza (Plum) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in an 85-68 win over Central Connecticut State. Zezza also had three blocks, moving within seven of the program’s all-time record.

Track and field

Pitt: Sophomore Nikki Scherer (Burrell) finished in fourth place in the 200-meter dash at the Doug Raymond National Qualifier at Kent State, running a personal-best 24.63 seconds. She also was part of the 1,600-meter relay, which won its race in 3:44.73.

Washington & Jefferson: A handful of Burrell graduates contributed to the Presidents’ second-place finish at the Mid-February Meet at Baldwin Wallace. Sophomore Jack Ryan finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (23.96). Freshmen Faith Remich and Taylor Johnson finished back-to-back in the 3,000 run, with Remich 11th and Johnson 12th.

Wrestling

Pitt-Johnstown: Seniors Steve Edwards (Burrell) and Corey Falleroni (Burrell) had wins to help Pitt-Johnstown clinch at least a share of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title with a 30-9 victory over Mercyhurst. Edwards pinned Kevin Holman at 174 pounds, and Falleroni beat Kevin Kinyua in sudden-victory overtime at 157 pounds.

Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Doug at [email protected] or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.