EDENSBURG, Pa. - The Franciscan University of Steubenville men's and women's cross country teams finished second in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships Saturday at Mount Aloysius College.
"Our teams ran very well," head coach Daniel Kuebler said. "This is a very difficult course and it usually slows most runner times by about two or two and a half minutes."
Despite the difficult conditions, FUS junior Bill Jones won the individual championship with a time of 25:44. Jones beat the second-place runner by almost two and a half minutes. FUS runner Jack Kaiser finished fourth (28:45) and teammate Patrick Flanagan was right behind him in fifth place at 28:51.
WINNER — FUS runner Bill Jones won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference individual cross country title Saturday.
"Our men's team ran very strong," Kuebler said.
Junior Nicole Krajewski finished her 6K race in 23:22, dominating the race to finish nearly 30 seconds in front of her second place competition.
"The teams ran very competitively considering the depth of our competition," Kuebler said about the AMCC champions Penn St. Behrend. "They had five women on the all conference team and had four all stars on the men's conference team."
The Lady Barons now prepare for their NCAA Division III meet on Nov 10.
"This is when we weed our team out," Kuebler explained. "The best seven runners are going to qualify in two weeks."
Keubler also said he was particularly proud of his seniors.
"Our seniors ran really well," Kubeler said. "Some of them had their last race today. They all looked very strong, especially on such a hilly and difficult course. I'm really proud of the effort they gave."
Jones and the rest of his team look to qualify and prepare for the NCAA Div III meet in two weeks.
Volleyball nets a win
STEUBENVILLE - The Barons defeated visiting Hilbert College 25-16, 25-21, 25-11 Saturday to finish 14-14 overall and 7-2 in conference action.
Sophomore Amy O'Keefe recorded her 1,000 career assist, including 17 against the Lady Hawks. Sam Kelly and Christina Marie Lawrence helped establish their team's defense and set a record for the fourth-most digs per set in Division III volleyball on the season.
This huge accomplishment for the Lady Barons, is not only their first time cracking the top 10 in this tough category, but is also thier first time in the top 100. Kelly had nine digs and Lawrence collected six.
As exciting as the match was for the red hot Lady Barons, the day was especially emotional for their two seniors, Christina Bair and captain Anna Cain.
Bair, a first-year player, has added leadership and skill despite her inexperience.
"She had gone on a mission trip last year with our assistant coach," said head coach, Kelly Herrmann. "After watching her on her intramural volleyball team, I saw that she was a competent player. We needed leadership.
"She is a leader, selfless and an amazing person. She has been a huge part of our success."
Senior Anna Cain finished her regular season as the Lady Baron's captain and four-year starter. Over her career, Cain has set the record most kills in FUS history with 993 and is on pace to crack the 1,000 kill mark over her career in the post season next week. She is the first all time in solo blocks and holds the record for most matches played.
"She is a wonderful, faithful, and grounded woman," Herrmann said. "I've coached so many great women in all my years, and Anna would be right at the top. No matter what kind of day she is having, she has always acted tremendously. It is going to be tough to replace her."
Cain has balanced power and consistency over the course of her career. With 993 kills, she leads the AMCC and she has 2.69 kills per set. She has played in 363 sets in her career; second in the AMCC.
Cain had 15 kills against the Lady Hawks along with two assists and six digs.
The Lady Barons will host a playoff game Wednesday against an opponent yet to be determined.
Swimmers grab a win
BETHANY - The women's swimming and diving team beat host Bethany College (70-62), and lost to six-time defending AMCC champion Penn State Behrend (87-50).
Head coach Becky Recznik was overly pleased with the way her team performed today, giving them lots of hope for future successes.
"Maria Giuliani is an incredible swimmer," Recznik said. "Last year she was a sprinter for us so she is most comfortable swimming the shorter distances, but this year we're really shaking it up for her. She has been working with coach Kristen [Curran] on timing and pacing, and it was just incredible today. She really trusted us, watched our hand signals and had such incredible results."
Giuliani won the 1000-yard free (11:44.87), the 200 free (2:07.85) and the 500 free (5:42.74).
Another noteworthy performance came from diver Kellie Rankin, who had practiced on a one-meter board all season. The board used at Bethany was a three-meter board.
"She literally showed up to the meet, practiced a few times, and competed. She scored incredibly well," Recznik said of her diver's 170.75-point performance. "(Coming up just over 20 points shy of the defending AMCC champion in her first competition) is quite a feat."
The Lady Barons visit Chatham University Saturday in a tri-meet.
"I definitely think it bolstered the spirits of the team to get a win under their belts," Recznik said. "We've got some work to do before Behrend comes to our home meet in two weeks, but we have the potential to beat them and now the girls know that."
Ruggers end season
GROVE CITY, Pa. -The rugby team was in the conference championship match, but for the first time did not come out victorious. They fell to Grove City College for the second time this year, ending their season with a 31-5 loss.
It was a matter of which team was going to make the fewest amount of mistakes heading into the match, according to FUS head coach Ken DeLucia, and the Barons were not that team.
"We needed to make less mistakes than we did," said head coach Ken DeLucia, who is in his first year as the head coach. "When you make mistakes against a team of this caliber, it is hard to overcome. Grove City capitalized on our mistakes, and my hat's off to them."
With it being his first year in the program, DeLucia said he did not necessarily have any concrete expectations, but was certainly pleased with the way the season turned out.
"We had an overall record of 6-3 and we played in the conference championship, that's a pretty good season in my book," DeLucia said. "I thought this season was excellent and I am really pleased with the results of this year's team and their efforts."