College Corner: Alicia Lesneski primed for indoor track championships

By Bill Arsenault - For Abington Journal | February 19th, 2017 4:57 pm - updated: 3:37 pm.

Senior Alicia Lesneski is primed for a big effort for the Alvernia women’s indoor track team at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships Friday and Saturday in Bethlehem.

Lesneski, an Abington Heights grad, set a program record when she finished eighth in the 1000 meter run at the 19th annual Bison Open Jan. 27-28 in Lewisburg. Her time of 3:16.42 stands second on the MAC performance list. Since then, she’s pulled back and finished 16th in the mile (5:50.69) at Dickinson’s DuCharme Invite on Feb. 3 and helped the 4x800 finish fifth (11”21.22). And, she finished 25th in the 800 (2:33.88) at the SU Challenge last Friday in Selinsgrove. The relay ranks sixth on the MAC chart.

“Alicia has set some aggressive goals for her senior year and has worked hard toward achieving all of them,” coach Eric Bennett said. “She will be an integral part of getting both distance relays back on the conference podium and earning All-MAC honors. I see at least one more record in her sights during the indoor season.”

The coach feels that Lesneki will have a tough road trying to further lower the middle distance records during the outdoor season.

“But I have learned to never bet against her,” Bennett said. “She has been setting the bar higher for future classes in her final season as a Crusader.”

Tessa Barrett

Abington Heights

The Penn State sophomore figures to be near the top in two distances races when the Nittany Lions compete in the Big Ten Indoor Track Championships Friday and Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH. Barrett is seeded second in the 3,000 meter run after winning that event at the Penn State National with a time of 9:07.22 on Jan. 14. Barrett is seeded third in the 5,000 meter run after finishing first at Washington’s Husky Invitational on Feb. 11 in Seattle with a time of 15:51.32. She finished third in both races at last year’s Big Ten meet and went on to earn All-American honors for finishing 11th in the 5k at the NCAA Division I Championships.

Catie Nealon

Abington Heights

The junior co-captain is having a solid season on offense and defense for the Marywood women’s basketball team which is 18-7 overall and 14-2 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference after a tough 56-55 loss to Neumann last Saturday to end the Pacers’ 13-game win streak. Nealon is averaging 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds and leads the team in assists (61) and steals (31). She’s hit 37 of 112 (33.8 percent) from 3-point range and was named to the CSAC honor roll for defense on Feb. 13. She was named CSAC Player of the Week on Jan. 9 and ECAC North Player of the Week on Jan. 10 after scoring a career high 18 points with nine rebounds in a victory over Immaculata and 14 points in a victory over Keystone.

Tim Toro

Abington Heights

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward is seeing more playing time with the West Chester men’s basketball team. He had a career-high 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 24 minutes of action in a 94-66 victory over Mansfield on Jan. 28. On Feb. 11, he had 10 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes of action in a 100-92 triumph over East Stroudsburg. The Golden Rams are 12-13 overall and 10-10 in PSAC after an 86-85 loss to Lock Haven last Saturday.

Carly Danoski

Abington Heights

The Moravian freshman is in a good spot heading into this weekend’s Landmark Conference Indoor Track Championships in Selinsgrove. She’s seeded second in the 800 meter run after posting a victory at the Seamus McElligott Invitational on Feb. 11 in Haverford with a time of 2:20.01. She’s also seeded third in the 400 meter dash (1:01.83) recorded last Saturday at the Kutztown 6-Team Qualifier. Danoski also runs a leg on the Greyhounds 4x4 relay which stands second on the Landmark chart with a time of 4:16.40.

Matt Knowles

Scranton Prep

The 6-foot-2 senior guard scored a career-high 30 points but it wasn’t enough as his Ursinus men’s basketball team was beaten 84-74 by Swarthmore on Feb. 8. Knowles leads the Bears in scoring (16.7) and has 52 rebounds, 44 assists and 26 steals. Knowles, from Waverly, has hit 55 of 148 3-point attempts (37.2 percent) and has scored in double figures in 20 of 24 games and hit 20 points or better in eight games. Ursinus ended the regular season with a 14-10 record and an 11-7 mark in the Centennial Conference.

Kelsey O’Donnell

Abington Heights

The Misericordia senior moved up on the Middle Atlantic Conference performance list after a solid effort in Susquehanna’s SU Invitational last Saturday in Selinsgrove. O’Donnell finished 14th in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.39 which is 14th on the Landmark list. She finished seventh in the 200 meter dash in 27.55. That stands ninth on the league performance list. The MAC Championship will be held Friday and Saturday in Bethlehem.

Abington Heights graduate Alicia Lesneski, a member of the Alvernia University women’s track and field team, set a program record in the 1,000 meter run during the 19th annual Bison Open Jan. 27-28 in Lewisburg Heights graduate Alicia Lesneski, a member of the Alvernia University women’s track and field team, set a program record in the 1,000 meter run during the 19th annual Bison Open Jan. 27-28 in Lewisburg Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

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