Kutztown University announces Matthew Heffelfinger as sports information director

Kutztown University welcomed Matthew Heffelfinger ’07 as the university’s new sports information director Jan. 7, 2019.

In his role as SID at KU, Heffelfinger will be responsible for the coverage of KU’s 21 NCAA Division II varsity sports through the university’s athletics website and social media accounts.

A KU alumnus and Wernersville native, Heffelfinger returns to KU from Elizabethtown College, where he served as the director of athletic communications for more than eight years. During his time at Elizabethtown, he promoted and publicized the Blue Jays’ 24 varsity athletics teams on Elizabethtown’s official website and various social media outlets.

A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, Heffelfinger oversaw three redesigns of www.etownbluejays.com, most recently in 2018, as well as directed game operations at home events, serving as head statistician and public address announcer for many Blue Jay teams.

His vision and ideas brought an innovative and attractive look to the site with a focus on user friendliness.

Heffelfinger also launched BlueJaysTV, the athletic department’s streaming video initiative, with partner Stretch Internet prior to the 2014-15 academic year. BlueJaysTV offers live and on demand HD broadcasts of more than 60 Elizabethtown College home athletic events, including the annual Student-Athlete Recognition ceremony and Blue Jay Athletics Alumni Reunion (hall of fame induction).

Heffelfinger served as the host media coordinator for the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at GIANT Center in Hershey, Pa., and assisted the media relations staff at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional, held in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

He joined Elizabethtown after 2+ years as a graduate assistant at Millersville University, where he was the primary media contact for men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and softball.

Heffelfinger earned a bachelor’s degree in leisure and sport studies from Kutztown University in 2007 and a Master of Education in sport management with a concentration in athletic administration from Millersville University in 2011.

Baseball looks to take next step in 2019

3/1/2019 | Baseball

For a program steeped in winning tradition, four consecutive seasons without a postseason appearance is unfamiliar territory. The Kutztown University baseball team showed it could play with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s best last season and is focused on taking another step on its journey back to the top in 2019.

The message remains simple from 17th-year head coach Chris Blum, who enters the new season three wins shy of becoming just the fifth coach -and third fastest-in PSAC history to reach 500 victories at a conference school. Maximize strengths and improve in a few key areas.

“I’m very optimistic about what’s going on,” said Blum. “Our pitchers are doing well in their bullpen sessions and I think we can have a top-notch defense. We just need to sure up a couple outfield spots and have the bottom of our lineup execute their games, whether that’s speed, drawing walks, hit-and-run situations to get on and get guys into scoring position.”

The Golden Bears finished three games under .500 in 2018 at 19-22 overall, but 12 wins against PSAC East opponents (12-15) were the program’s most since its most recent PSAC championship in 2014.

Kutztown’s seven-win improvement in league play wasn’t enough to shift the mindset of fellow PSAC East coaches, who voted the Golden Bears seventh in this year’s Preseason Poll. “It’s understandable,” noted Blum. “There are a number of teams with very good players coming back from last year.”

Indeed, the East will be ultra-competitive, as it usually is. Last year’s PSAC runner-up, Millersville, and West Chester both opened the season nationally-ranked in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) NCAA Division II Top 25. Bloomsburg is coming off a 31-win season, in which it reached the PSAC semifinals.

Within the Golden Bears’ clubhouse all focus is on getting better each day. The Maroon and Gold have plenty of returning talent to be excited about, too, talent that authored a number of impressive victories last spring.

KU knocked off nationally-ranked No. 4 and eventual PSAC West No. 1 seed Mercyhurst, 7-6, during its annual trip to Wilson, North Carolina. Blum’s squad also split PSAC East series with nationally-ranked No. 17 and East No. 1 West Chester, nationally-ranked No. 18 Lock Haven and Millersville.

The foundation is in place for the Golden Bears to be a surprise contender. Four position players that made 37 starts or more in 2018 return, giving Kutztown a strong core. There are many others that have contributed, but have their sights set on increased opportunities. A number of new faces join the den, while the pitching staff could have a distinctly different look.

CATCHER
The importance of having a reliable game manager behind the plate cannot be understated and Kutztown has one of the conference’s best in senior Nick Lafferty. Lafferty caught 28-of-41 games last season, while sprinkling in nine at designated hitter. Not only is the Croydon, Pennsylvania native a strong defensive option, he’s the Golden Bears’ top returning hitter.

Lafferty, who was an All-PSAC East Second Team pick in 2018, batted .363 with 45 hits, five doubles, three home runs and 36 RBIs. The veteran of 118 games (97 starts) reached 100 career hits with a single in game two at Shippensburg last May. Lafferty is also coming off a season in which he put forth a career-best .987 fielding percentage.

When KU’s catching mainstay needs a rest, juniors Ryan Weller and Connor Teschko are the top options to provide relief. Weller appeared in 17 games behind the dish, throwing out two potential base-stealers and posting a .986 fielding percentage. Teschko caught in nine games.

Blum also suggested senior Jeff Charles and junior Evan Musto could see some time at catcher.

INFIELD
Continuity is the theme among Golden Bear infielders outside of a void at first base left by the graduated Ryan Cox.

Senior shortstop Bo Rottet supplied a team-leading 11 doubles and hit better than .300 for the second year in a row. He gained a few battle scars to reach base, too, being hit by pitch a PSAC-high 19 times. Rottet, who started 39 games at short last season, ranked second on the team with a .425 on base percentage.

Collin Bishop took over as KU’s everyday third baseman in 2018 and has made 61 starts at the hot corner over the last two seasons. The junior from Laurel Springs, New Jersey was the team’s third-leading run-generator with 25 RBIs and nearly mirrored his rookie season in many offensive and defensive categories.

Bishop added some pop to his game with nine doubles (up from two in 2017) and finished 2018 on a high note with hits in eight of his last night games, including four multi-hit efforts.

Fellow junior Mitch Pinder solidified Kutztown’s middle infield with a .305 batting average and 13 RBIs in 18 games (17 starts) at second base, before his second season in maroon and gold was cut short due to injury. Pinder, of nearby Boyertown, has also pieced together back-to-back seasons with batting averages above .300, but he was just as impressive defensively with a .955 fielding percentage on 64 opportunities.

Redshirt sophomore Jake Augustus is credited with working hard in the offseason to improve his game and could push for time at either middle infield spot.

Cox led Kutztown in batting average (.377), hits (52), total bases (65), on base percentage (.444) and stolen bases (9) last season, which Blum knows will be hard to replace. The head coach lauded the versatility of sophomore Zach Moretski and Musto, while also expressing confidence on what newcomer Andy Blum, an Owen J. Roberts grad, can bring to the position.

Moretski impressed in limited exposure as a field player, hitting .464 (13-for-28). He also contributed as a relief pitcher, compiling a 1.00 earned run average in nine innings across seven appearances. Musto had a .333 batting average (3-for-9) in the five games he was deployed at the position last spring.

Redshirt junior Tanner Miller can be utilized in a number of different spots. While Miller appeared in five games at second base, most of his damage in 2018 was done as the Golden Bears’ designated hitter. He batted .279, knocked in 11 runs and scored 11 for the season.

“I’m really happy with our infielders,” said Blum. “They all play a strong defensive game and it’s definitely an area of strength for us.”

OUTFIELD
Senior Mike Villa returns as Kutztown’s starting center fielder, but the corner outfield spots are very much up for grabs following the graduations of left fielders Brady Carras and Zack Delp, and right fielder Dariel Richardson.

Villa, who transferred into the program last season, plays a stellar defensive game, as evidenced by a .980 fielding percentage and four assists –tied for most among KU outfielders in 2018. The Scranton native also drew a team-leading 22 walks, along with producing two triples, seven doubles and 24 runs scored.

“It’s really fun to watch Mike play out there,” explained Blum. “There will be balls hit that you think are going for doubles and he’ll track them down. I think you could make the case for him as the best defensive center fielder in the league.”

Returning players who saw a majority of their time in the outfield include senior Jeff Zebrowski and sophomore Jacoby Pate.

Zebrowski made 16 starts between all three outfield spots last season, collecting 11 hits, two doubles, six RBIs and a .933 fielding percentage.

Blum also has a few incoming options in sophomore Brandon Heere, freshman Ronny Silvestro and junior transfer Greg Power. Power was a .366 hitter with 13 doubles and 25 RBIs at Division III Medaille College last season.

PITCHER
Blum knows that the reliability of his pitching staff is crucial to how successful 2019 will be for the Golden Bears. Kutztown produced three straight seasons of sub-4.00 team earned run averages from 2012-14, culminating in the program’s most recent PSAC title.

In an offense-heavy PSAC, KU has seen its team ERA exceed 5.00 in each of the last four seasons. There is optimism with this year’s crop of arms, however.

Senior Michael Hunter, who played scholastically at Brandywine Heights, led the Golden Bears with a 3.06 ERA, five wins and a complete game shutout over 47 innings in 2018. He started a team-high nine games and opposing hitters batted only .194 against the 6-foot-5 righty.

All-PSAC East Second Team reliever Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish made a team-high 15 appearances last season, including three starts. The junior from Ephrata posted a 5-2 record and was tied for fifth in the conference with five saves.

Steve Wagner started five games for the Maroon and Gold and Zach Peters made three starts. The sophomore duo each gave KU more than 20 innings of work during their rookie seasons.

Kutztown will also benefit from the return of redshirt junior Doug Conrad, a southpaw that missed last season due to injury, but showed promise in 2017 with a 4-3 record and 50 strikeouts across 53 innings. Conrad fanned a career-high 11 in a victory over Fairmont State on March 10, 2017.

The aforementioned Zach Moretski registered six scoreless appearances in seven tries out of the pen. Senior Garrett Alread turned in four consecutive scoreless efforts between Feb. 24-April 11 last spring and Jeff Charles has also been called upon to give the Golden Bears innings.

New to the program are Aaron Cleveland, Noah Davidson, Nick McAuliffe, Eric Petroski and Brandon Staub. Cleveland started four games for Shippensburg a year ago, Davidson and McAuliffe are true freshmen, while Petroski and Staub both come to KU from Cumberland County College in New Jersey.

Kutztown’s season was to open last weekend at the Builder Invitational in Hampton, Virginia, but adverse weather conditions washed out the tournament. Instead, the Golden Bears are in Petersburg, Virginia for round-robin play with UVA-Wise and host Virginia State this weekend. KU’s first home game is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, a PSAC East doubleheader with Shippensburg

Kutztown University Announces Matthew Heffelfinger as next Sports Information Director

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Kutztown University welcomes Matthew Heffelfinger ’07 as the university’s new Sports Information Director. He began his new role Jan. 7, 2019.

In his role as Sports Information Director at KU, Heffelfinger will be responsible for the coverage of KU’s 21 NCAA Division II varsity sports through the university’s athletics website and social media accounts.

A KU alumnus and Wernersville, Pa. native, Heffelfinger returns to KU from Elizabethtown College, where he served as the Director of Athletic Communications for more than eight years. During his time at Elizabethtown, he promoted and publicized the Blue Jays’ 24 varsity athletics teams on Elizabethtown’s official website and various social media outlets.

A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Heffelfinger oversaw three redesigns of www.etownbluejays.com, most recently in 2018, as well as directed game operations at home events, serving as head statistician and public address announcer for many Blue Jay teams. His vision and ideas brought an innovative and attractive look to the site with a focus on user friendliness.

Heffelfinger also launched BlueJaysTV, the athletic department’s streaming video initiative, with partner Stretch Internet prior to the 2014-15 academic year. BlueJaysTV offers live and on demand HD broadcasts of more than 60 Elizabethtown College home athletic events, including the annual Student-Athlete Recognition (STAR) ceremony and Blue Jay Athletics Alumni Reunion (hall of fame induction).

Heffelfinger served as the host media coordinator for the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at GIANT Center in Hershey, Pa., and assisted the media relations staff at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional, held in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

He joined Elizabethtown after 2+ years as a graduate assistant at Millersville University, where he was the primary media contact for men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and softball.

Heffelfinger earned a bachelor’s degree in leisure and sport studies from Kutztown University in 2007 and a Master of Education in sport management with a concentration in athletic administration from Millersville University in 2011.

Kutztown Basketball Community Promotes the Bears Who Care Initiative

2/12/2019 | Men’s Basketball

Throughout games over winter break the Kutztown University men’s and women’s basketball teams encouraged fans to bring non-perishable food items in lieu of admission to games as a part of the Bears Who Care initiative. Last week, two KU basketball representatives dropped off the generous donations to the Friend, Inc. Community Services.

On Thursday, Feb. 7th, Karen Lapkiewicz of the Kutztown women’s team and Anthony Lee of the men’s team took the food and monetary donations to Friend, Inc. A total of $188.60 was raised as well as over 200 non-perishable food items.

Friend, Inc. Community Services is a not-for-profit, multi-service agency that supports the well-being of families and individuals in need, and is committed to strengthening the lives of those living in Northeastern Berks County. Friend, Inc. is a Kutztown University Satellite Pantry. Kutztown Athletics would like to thank all of the fans who participated in the Bears Who Care initiative.

Dean’s List Student-Athletes Recognized at Wednesday Night’s Basketball Game

2/8/2019 | Baseball

Kutztown University’s dean’s list student-athletes from the past year were formally recognized at halftime of the KU women’s basketball game Wednesday night, Feb. 6.

This past fall, KU announced 126 student-athletes that earned dean’s list last semester. To be eligible for
dean’s list , an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.

Full a full listing of dean’s list student-athletes in 2018, check out the press releases below:

Spring 2018: https://kubears.com/news/2018/6/25/baseball-131-ku-student-athletes-earn-spring-2018-deans-list-recognition.aspx?path=baseball

Fall 2018: https://kubears.com/news/2019/1/17/baseball-124-ku-student-athletes-earn-fall-2018-deans-list-recognition.aspx?path=baseball

Groth Breaks School Record in 60m, Four Others Earn Top-10 Marks at Fast Times Invitational

12/8/2018 | Women’s Track and Field Overall Results

Junior Kelly Groth of the Kutztown University women’s track & field team set a new school record in the 60m, running a time of 7.73, 0.05 faster than the previous record, to highlight the second and final day of the Fast Times Before Finals meet at Lehigh University’s Stabler campus.

Groth won the 60m with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-qualifying time, and led a group of five Golden Bears that earned top-10 marks in program history, and a total of seven PSAC marks. Groth also finished first in the 200m with a PSAC time of 26.07.

Taye Dairo won the high jump in her first collegiate meet, clearing a mark of 1.65m (5-5), which ranks fifth all-time at KU and is a qualifying mark. Shelby Samuels and Becca Hemingway also posted PSAC marks of 1.55m (5-1) each.

Joanne Mason placed second in the 60m hurdles finals with a PSAC and personal-best time of 9.06, ranking third all-time.

Hemingway was third in the long jump at 5.38m (17-8), a PSAC and personal-best mark that also ranks sixth all-time in program history.

Ashley Stewart ran a personal-best time of 1:20.05, which ranks ninth all-time.

Julia Wiemken ran a personal-best time of 1:21.43 and finished in the top-10 in the 500m.

Kutztown does not compete until the new year when it hosts the Golden Bear Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 10 and Friday, Jan. 11.

Kutztown Results

High Jump
1. Dairo – 1.65m (5-5) (PSAC-new) (fifth-all-time)
4. Samuels – 1.55m (5-1) (PSAC-new)
4. Hemingway – 1.55m (5-1) (PSAC-new)

Long Jump
3. Hemingway – 5.38m (17-8) (PSAC-new) (sixth all-time) (personal-best)
18. Sokan – 4.82m (15-9.75)
28. Silverman – 3.53m (11-7)

Triple Jump
10. Julsaint – 9.42m (30-11)

Shot Put
10. Morano – 10.31m (33-10)
15. Jett – 9.68m (31-9.25)

60m Finals
1. Groth – 7.73 (PSAC-new) (first all-time) (personal-best)
7. Sokan – 8.09

60m Hurdles Finals
2. Mason – 9.06 (PSAC-new) (third all-time) (personal-best)

500m
4. Stewart – 1:20.05 (ninth all-time) (personal-best)
9. Wiemken – 1:21.43 (personal-best)
15. Graham – 1:22.85
17. Iaccarino – 1:23.03
21. Stratton – 1:24.36
32. Motolese – 1:37.20

1000m
12. Montanari – 3:13.47

200m
1. Groth – 26.07 (PSAC-new)
9. Sokan – 27.13
31. Graham – 28.07
53. Junious – 30.38

4×4 Relay
5. Groth, Stewart, Iaccarino, Graham – 4:09.08

Women’s Track & Field 2018-19 Season Preview

1/10/2019 | Women’s Track and Field 2018-19 Schedule | 2018-19 Roster | Friday Results Link

The Kutztown University women’s track and field program has a lot to look forward to this season. KU brings back nearly its entire roster that competed in postseason events last season, and now a year of experience under their belts, look to continue to propel Kutztown into the top-half of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Head coach Ray Hoffman once again is running the show and he feels that his young team from a year ago is now primed to take the next step and continue to grow this season.

Hoffman enters his 21st season at KU, 13th as head track & field coach, and knows just how special this 2019 group can be.

“We’re pretty well-balanced throughout the program this year,” said Hoffman. “There may be one or two events that we don’t have that ‘impact-type’ performer, but I think as a whole we are pretty balanced. The majority of this group is young, but they were young last year, and our upperclassmen this year have been through it all and have had a lot of success for us.”

The Golden Bears feature two school-record holders in Kelly Groth (7.73, 60m) and Meghan Forsythe (57.62, 400m).

“We have some high expectations, but we’re not going to get too high or too low early,” said Hoffman. “We’re taking it day-by-day in training and working as hard as we can.”

Shippensburg is the defending PSAC Champion in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, including its ninth consecutive outdoor women’s title.

Jumps

Trinity Ponton, also from the field hockey team, will be one of the top long jumpers. She recorded the ninth-longest jump (17-4) in program history in the first jump of her career at the Bison Invitational as a freshman.

Becca Hemingway competed at PSAC Championships last year and ranks sixth all-time in program history in the long jump (17-8). Shelby Samuels earned USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region in the high jump as a junior and ranks fourth all-time at 5-5.75.

Freshman Taye Dairo has already made an impact on the collegiate level. She won the high jump in her first collegiate meet at a PSAC-Qualifying mark of 5-5, which ranks fifth all-time in KU history.

“This is a solid all-around group,” Hoffman said. “Top-to-bottom I think there is quality there.”

Throws

Ashley Petre is the top returning thrower. She earned USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region honors in the weight throw last year for the third straight year, as well as garnering All-PSAC honors for the third consecutive season. She ranks sixth all-time in the weight throw.

Megan Kirn had a successful first year in the program last year, recording the second-best throw in program history in the javelin with a mark of 138-02. Junior Olivia Morano is another strong returner who placed in the top-10 at the PSAC Championships last year in the shot put.

Sprints

This may be the most decorated group of the lot.

“Kelly [Groth] stands out because of what she just did [new school record in the 60m],” Hoffman said. “But we have three other runners that are also high in the ranks of the record books. Ashley [Stewart] is fourth in the outdoor 400m and second in the indoor. Meghan [Forsythe] has the school-record in the indoor 400m. Tishun [Graham] also, along with these three, were members of the 4×4 team that’s second all-time.”

Groth, Forsythe, Ashley Stewart and Tishun Graham make for an experienced and successful group.

Angela Iaccarino and Jerenita Sokan are two freshmen that Hoffman sees as contributors.

“We’re pretty deep there and it’s amazing to see that they are all still together competing,” said Hoffman.

Pole Vault

Ally Tama, Katie Seegert and Abigail Zeger all return at the top of the lineup in the pole vault. Freshman Kathleen Silverman will join the mix this season.

Distance

Women’s cross country runners dominate this field.

The middle distance group (800m-3000m) will be Stephanie Bresadola, Erin Callaghan, Dootleen Joseph and Lindsay Hoffman.

A shorter base (mostly just 800m) is Julie Stratton, Julia Wiemken, Devon Montanari and Kiara Mayers.

In the further distances (3000m and up) primarily is Amanda Ferraro, Lindsay Smythe, Sarah Shannon, Katie Duguid, Lynne O’Connor and Alexis Dongvort.

Hurdles

Senior Joanne Mason has had a successful career at KU and began her final season off by placing second in the 60m Hurdles finals at 9.06, which ranks third all-time in program history last month at Lehigh.

Hoffman also said he wouldn’t be surprised if Kira Solt is one of the multi’s, but she is also a very good hurdler.

Up Next

Kutztown opened the 2019 calendar year at its annual Golden Bear Invitational at the O’Pake Fieldhouse Jan. 11.

KU will also host its Last Chance Qualifier on Feb. 15 leading up to championship season. The 2019 PSAC Indoor Championships are set for Feb. 23-24 at Edinboro University, while the NCAA Championships on March 8-9 will be hosted in Pittsburg, Kansas.

No. 25 Women’s Bowling Wins Two-of-Five Matches on Day One of KU Invitational

1/18/2019 | Women’s Bowling Day One Standings

The 25th-ranked Kutztown University women’s bowling team had a difficult opening portion of its schedule as it competed against three nationally-ranked opponents, including two in the top-five. KU went 2-3 on day one of the Kutztown Invitational at Limerick Bowl.

The Golden Bears (33-35 overall) began the day victorious over Medaille 897-868, but ran into a buzz-saw, falling to fifth-ranked Sam Houston State 951-839 and then No. 3 Vanderbilt 1004-944 in a highly-competitive and a ‘who’s-who’-type of tournament, featuring 19 of the nation’s top-25 teams.

Kutztown bounced back in its fourth match taking down Youngstown State 973-953 before falling to its third ranked opponent of the day, University of Alabama Birmingham 1063-891 to round out day one’s traditional-style matches. KU threw its three highest scores against Youngstown, rolling back-to-back-to-back 200-plus scores with a day-high score of 223 in the first game.

Junior Renee Riffey had a team-high 19.7 frame average through 50 frames played. Sophomore Keanna Delp held an 18.9 average in 50 frames, while freshman Ashley Fister rolled an average of 18.1 in 47 frames. Angela Kozma was right there with a 17.8 frame average in 50 frames.

Kutztown sits in 23rd-place out of 28 teams entering day two Saturday of a three-day event.

It doesn’t get any easier for KU as it will once again challenge itself by competing against three nationally-ranked opponents, tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning with No. 4 Arkansas State at 9:55 a.m.

PREVIEW: Men’s Basketball Seeks Sixth Straight Over Bloomsburg Saturday

1/4/2019 | Men’s Basketball

KU Game Notes | Live Stats | Live Video | Audio

The Kutztown University men’s basketball team has found success against Bloomsburg University over the last four-plus seasons and will look to continue the trend when it travels to Nelson Field House for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division matchup tomorrow, Saturday, at 3 p.m.

The Golden Bears (8-6 overall, 2-4 PSAC) have won five straight games and eight of the last nine against the Huskies (4-6, 2-4), the lone loss coming in overtime during the 2015-16 campaign. The two teams met three times last year with KU coming out on top in each contest, including 93-79 last Feb. in the first round of the PSAC Tournament.

Kutztown has had an up-and-down first half of the season with half of its games behind it. KU is coming off a 74-61 non-conference road victory over Bowie State this past Wednesday, Jan. 2. It lost its East Division opener to West Chester in the game prior on Dec. 29, so will try to get on the board against Bloomsburg, a team entering on a 77-71 victory over Lock Haven Wednesday, but lost four straight games before.

The KU offense ranks third in the PSAC in scoring at 83.9 points per game (ppg), and has been in the top-three all season. KU is shooting 49.7-percent from the floor, second in the PSAC and the best since the 2016-17 season.

Anthony Lee has scored in double-digits the last 43 games and is second in Division II at 27.6 ppg. He is seventh in the conference in three-point percentage (44.2), first in three-pointers made (46) and second in free-throw percentage (91.2). Lee is one of just two players nationally to net a 50-point game this season. He scored 32 in the win against the Bulldogs and has not scored fewer than 15 points in any game this season.

Moe Williams has five double-doubles this season. He ranks first in the PSAC at 9.5 rebounds per game and second in field-goal percentage (58.9). Ricky Hicks has started 12-of-14 games and is 3rd on KU at 10.6 ppg. His 1.9 assists-to-turnover ratio ranks 10th in the PSAC.

Josh Townsend is fifth in the conference with 14 blocked shots, which leads KU. Kiyon Hardy is fifth on the team averaging 6.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Facundo Arens has started all 14 games and is averaging 6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.7 assists per game (apg). Freshman Da’Quan Granberry is one-of-six Golden Bears to play in all 14 games this season. He is averaging 5.1 ppg and has scored at least nine points in four of the last five games.

The Huskies are led by Old Dominion transfer Ky Mauras, who has an average of 18.2 ppg. Freshman Travis Elmore is averaging 15.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg.

Bloomsburg is last in the PSAC in scoring defense and rebounding, so look for Kutztown’s high-scoring offense to find a rhythm in this one.

Live stats, video and game notes are available via the links above, which can also be accessed on www.kubears.com.

Groth Breaks School Record in 55m

Several Others Shine in Golden Bear InvitationalGroth Breaks School Record in 55m; Several Others Shine in Golden Bear Invitational

1/11/2019 | Women’s Track and Field Results

Junior Kelly Groth of the Kutztown University women’s track and field team did it again. A little over one month, and just one meet, after she broke the school record in the 60m, she followed it up by setting another new school record, this time in the 55m to lead a number of Golden Bears who saw success Friday afternoon in the Golden Bear Invitational at O’Pake Fieldhouse.

Groth crossed the finish line in 7.23 in the prelim and actually came in just a hair shy in the final, winning the 55m at 7.24. She also placed first in the 200m with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-qualifying mark of 7.24.

Five other KU individuals won their respective events and eight new qualifying marks were accomplished in highlighting the Maroon and Gold in action Friday.

Joanne Mason won the triple jump in her first jump event this season with a personal-best mark of 11.34m (37-02.50), which ranks fourth all-time in program history. She also set a new mark in finishing second in the 55m hurdles at 8.64.

The pole vaulters had a successful night. Ally Tama cleared a personal-best mark of 3.40m (11-01.75), ninth all-time. Katie Seegert and Abigail Zeger each collected new PSAC-marks of 3.30m (10-10.00) and 3.20m (10-06.00) respectively. Zeger’s was a personal-best.

The high jumpers also had three qualifiers as freshman Taye Dairo, Becca Hemingway and Shelby Samuels all jumped to PSAC marks. Dairo measured a best of 1.65m (5-05.00), Hemingway was 1.60m (5-03.00) and Samuels had a 1.55m (5-01.00). Dairo and Hemingway also competed in the long jump and recorded PSAC marks, while freshmen Jerenita Sokan (16-04.25) and Kathleen Silverman (14-11.25) both accomplished personal-bests this season.

Ashley Petre came out on top in the weight throw with a qualifying mark of 15.47m (50-09.25), followed by Olivia Morano with a PSAC throw of 13.60m (44-07.50) Staci Jett (33-06.50) and Rebecca Schweitzer (28-06.50) each had season-best throws. Morano had a top-three finish in the shot put at 10.30m (33-09.50).

Kutztown had five runners in a large field in the 400m. Meghan Forsythe and Ashley Stewart finished one-two at 1:00.96 and 1:01.32 respectively, both were new PSAC marks for the duo. Julia Wiemken ran a personal-best time of 1:03.84, while Julie Stratton (1:04.91) and Angela Iaccarino (1:05.08) all finished in the top-seven.

Two KU 4×4 relay teams placed in the top-three. Stewart, Iaccarino, Dairo and Forsythe crossed the finish line in first at 4:16.02 and the team of Wiemken, Kira Solt, Stratton and freshman Devon Montanari were third at a time of 4:25.02.

Sophomore Dootleen Joseph ended at the head of the pack in the 1000m with a personal-best time of 3:24.22.

Montanari was fourth in the 800m at 2:32.50 and classmate Lynne O’Connor competed in her first collegiate meet in the mile, finishing with a time of 5:56.93.

Kutztown is back in action next Friday, Jan. 18 at the NYC Gotham Cup in Staten Island, N.Y.

Kutztown Results

55m Hurdles Prelim
2. Mason – 8.64q (PSAC-new)

55m Hurdles Finals
2. Mason – 8.72

55m Prelim
1. Groth – 7.23q (PSAC-new) (school-record) (personal-best)
5. Sokan – 7.55q
10. Tompkins – 7.85

55m Finals
1. Groth – 7.24
6. Sokan – 7.56

Mile
7. O’Connor – 5:56.93

200m
1. Groth – 26.55 (PSAC-existing)
2. Sokan – 27.42
8. Tompkins – 29.00
10. Junious – 31.37

400m
1. Forsythe – 1:00.96 (PSAC-new)
2. Stewart – 1:01.32 (PSAC-new)
4. Wiemken – 1:03.84 (personal-best)
6. J. Stratton – 1:04.91
7. Iaccarino – 1:05.08

800m 
4. Montanari – 2:32.50

4×4 Relay
1. Stewart, Iaccarino, Dairo, Forsythe – 4:16.02
3. Wiemken, Solt, Stratton, Montanari – 4:25.02

1000m
1. Joseph – 3:24.22 (personal-best)

Pole Vault
2. Tama – 3.40m (11-01.75) (PSAC-existing) (personal-best) (ninth all-time)
3. Seegert – 3.30m (10-10.00) (PSAC-new)
4. Zeger – 3.20m (10-06.00) (PSAC-new) (personal-best)

Long Jump
2. Hemingway – 5.31m (17-05.25) (PSAC-existing)
4. Dairo – 5.11m (16-09.25) (PSAC-new)
7. Sokan – 4.98m (16-04.25) (season-best)
13. Silverman – 4.55m (14-11.25) (season-best)

Weight Throw
1. Petre – 15.47m (50-09.25) (PSAC-existing)
4. Morano – 13.60m (44-07.50) (PSAC-existing)
9. Jett – 10.22m (33-06.50) (season-best)
10. Schweitzer 8.70m (28-06.50) (season-best)

High Jump
1. Dairo – 1.65m (5-05.00) (PSAC-existing)
2. Hemingway – 1.60m (5-03.00) (PSAC-existing)
4. Samuels – 1.55m (5-01.00) (PSAC-existing)
8. Solt – 1.45m (4-09.00)
10. Julsaint – 1.40m (4-07.00)

Shot Put
3. Morano – 10.30m (33-09.50)
8. Solt – 8.91m (29-02.75)

Triple Jump
1. Mason – 11.34m (37-02.50) (PSAC-new) (personal-best) (fourth all-time)
6. Julsaint – 9.64m (31-07.50)