On Campus: KF, Lakeland alums with top track times

Published 4:07 pm Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hampton University sophomore Predist Walker (Lakeland) finished second in the 110-meter hurdles last weekend at the IC4A Track and Field Championships at Princeton, N.J.

Walker’s time of 13.96 seconds was his best time of the year and an NCAA regional qualifying time. Walker also placed 14th in the long jump.

The NCAA East Regional is May 29-30 at North Carolina A&T.

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Virginia Military sophomore James Alexander (King’s Fork) placed 5th in the 200-meter dash (21.94) and 21st in the 100-meter dash (10.87) at the IC4A Championships.

In the preliminaries of the 200, Alexander set a new personal best with a time of 21.43.

Radford, VMI in Big South baseball tourney

Radford enters this week’s Big South Conference baseball tournament with its best seed (No. 4, 16-9 in conference) since the 2004 season and a winning record overall (25-23) for the first time since 2000. Radford opened its tournament schedule Wednesday evening against No. 3 Liberty in Asheville, N.C.

Junior outfielder Tyren Rivers (Nansemond River) is hitting .253 on the year for the Highlanders with 12 doubles, three homers, 27 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 20 attempts.

VMI, No. 8 in the tournament, opened up on Tuesday by upsetting No. 5 Gardner-Webb 13-4. Sophomore designated hitter Justin Topping (Nansemond River) went 2 for 4 with a walk, a sacrifice and an RBI. Topping is hitting .256 with 19 RBI in 44 games this season.

VMI played No. 1 Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.

NR alum bags numerous golf awards

Benedict College freshman Calvin Mason (Nansemond River) won three athletic and academic awards this spring as part of Benedict’s golf team.

Mason was named to the All-SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) first team and as the conference’s Rookie of the Year for the spring season. In addition to the accolades on the course, Mason was named to the SIAC All-Academic Team.

Benedict and Mason played finished their season by playing in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. May 8-10. Mason shot rounds of 78, 80 and 81 in the tournament.

NSA alum on CAA rookie team

William and Mary freshman Matt Davenport (Nansemond-Suffolk) was named to the Colonial’s Rookie Team as a pitcher earlier this week.

Davenport led the Tribe with six wins (6-2), which also made him tied for fourth in the conference in wins. Davenport finished the season with a 4.71 ERA and 63.0 innings pitched in 24 appearances. The Tribe finished the season 24-25 overall and 9-14 in the CAA.

CNU, JMU softball in NCAA tournaments

Christopher Newport’s softball squad won one game, then lost its next two contests, to bow out of the NCAA Regional Tournament in Salisbury, Md. May 7-9.

Senior Lindsay Kelly (Lakeland) pitched a complete game on Thursday as CNU opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over Bridgewater. Kelly allowed seven hits while striking out three in her ninth complete game of the season.

On Friday, CNU lost 1-0 to Lynchburg, and on Saturday, Salisbury eliminated the Captains 3-2. CNU finishes the season 36-9. Kelly finishes her season with a 13-4 record and a 2.75 ERA.

James Madison’s softball team, the No. 6 seed heading into the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, won three straight games to win the tournament and clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

May 6-8 in Hempstead, N.Y., JMU defeated No. 1 Hofstra 2-0, then won back-to-back games vs. No. 3 Towson, 1-0 and 11-1. Gillian Giarrizzo (King’s Fork) is a freshman reserve for the Dukes and played in 13 games this season.

JMU (35-16) traveled to Knoxville, Tenn. for its NCAA Regional Tournament this past weekend. The Dukes lost 4-3 to No. 16 Tennessee and 6-0 to Jacksonville State.

NSU baseball wraps up year

Norfolk State won two of three baseball contests over Hofstra May 9-10 in Norfolk. In a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, freshman third baseman Jermaine Berry (Nansemond River) added a run and two RBI in game one, a 10-6 NSU win.

NSU (22-23, 9-9 MEAC) was the No. 6 seed heading into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Thursday and the Spartans went 2-2 in the tournament.

NSU lost 12-3 to top-seeded Bethune-Cookman, defeated Delaware State 5-3, defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 4-0 and lost 15-2 to Florida A&M.

For the year, Berry played in 29 games and had a .293 batting average with two homers and 21 RBI.

Hampton finishes season strong

Hampton’s softball team won three games in the MEAC Tournament before falling in the championship game Friday in Ormond Beach, Fla. to Florida A&M.

The Pirates (26-23) lost their opening game before winning 5-0 vs. Norfolk St., 7-1 vs. Delaware St. and 4-1 vs. North Carolina A&T. Florida A&M beat Hampton 8-0 in the final.

Freshman Kelsei Saunders (Nansemond River) started all five tournament games at third base for Hampton. Saunders was 5 for 14 (.357) at the plate with three runs in the tourney. For the season, Saunders led Hampton in a host of offensive stats, including batting average (.345) and home runs (11); she also tallied 31 RBI and six doubles.