COLLEGE SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: AH grad Danoski excelling for Moravian track team

By Bill Arsenault - For Abington Journal
Abington Heights graduate Carly Danoski, a sophomore at Moravian College, is preparing for the NCAA Division III Championships in May. - Submitted photo
Danoski - Submitted photo

Moravian College sophomore Carly Danoski sits on top of the leaderboard in three events on the Landmark Conference Outdoor Track performance list, but she may be thinking past the league meet which will be held May 4-6 in Elizabethtown.

Danoski, of Clarks Summit (Abington Heights), has her eye on the NCAA Division III Championships May 25-26 in La Crosse, Wisc.

“A limiting factor in any track race is speed and Carly has been able to develop that well,” coach Jesse Baumann said. “We finally got her to break a minute in the quarter mile indoors which was a big milestone because it showed she had the skill set we needed to facilitate times into the 2:12 range later this season. It’s what she’ll need to have a shot at making the NCAAs and, as long as she stays healthy, I think that is a very realistic goal for her.”

Danoski’s top league times are 59.85 in the 400 meter dash, 2:14.20 in the 800 meter run and 4:53.99 in the 1,500 meter run.

“We made some adjustments to her weight training and some of the speed work that she does and it’s clear that her improvements this year are tied to that,” Baumann said. “However, the biggest thing is she just works hard and does the little things right. She gets her sleep, eats well and takes care of herself. She takes care of the details with a great deal of purpose and precision and it’s how she’s been able to continue to build on her times from last year.”

Danoski finished second in the 800 and seventh in the 1,500 at last year’s Landmark meet.

Anthony Sebastianelli (Abington Heights)

The senior was named Northeast Conference Golfer of the Week last Wednesday for his performance with the Central Connecticut men’s golf team at the 66-player Rhode Island Invitational April 16-17 in Kingston, R.I. He posted a pair of one-under-par scores for a 142 total which tied him for first place. He lost in a playoff to officially finish second. Sebastianelli also posted a 71 at the Yale Spring Invitational April 14 in New Haven, Conn. to go along with a first-round score of 78 for a 149 total which put him in 25th place in the 89 player field. The Owls will play in the NEC Championship this weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Ilissa Hamilton (Scranton Prep)

The sophomore from South Abington Township is doing the job both on the mound and at the plate for the Case Western Reserve softball team. The Spartans are 23-8 overall and 10-6 in the University Athletic Association. The 5-foot-4 right-hander has made 16 starts and completed 11 of them. She’s 10-4 with a 3.46 earned run average. In 97 innings, she’s given up 89 hits and 52 runs, 28 earned, with 37 walks and a team-high 104 strikeouts. Hamilton, a Drexel University transfer, is also hitting .257 (19-for-74) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, 14 runs scored and seven runs batted in.

Mary Lundin (Scranton Prep)

The Hamilton College junior from Clarks Summit has qualified in three events for the New England Small College Athletic Conference Outdoor Track Championships Saturday at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Lundin is eligible to compete in the 200 meter dash (28.17), the 400 meter dash (1:02.59) and the 800 meter run (2:18.68). She finished 12th in the 800 and ran a leg on the 4×800 relay which finished fifth at last year’s NESCAC outdoor meet.

Eric Mahoney (Abington Heights)

The 5-foot-9 sophomore posted his best round of the season when he tied for seventh in a field of 59 golfers with a 79 to lead the Jefferson men’s golf team at the 13-team Jefferson Classic April 17 at The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill. The Rams finished seventh. Mahoney entered the tourney with a 85.9 average. His previous best round was an 80 recorded in the first round at Dominican’s Charger Open on Sept. 23-24 in Suffern, N.Y. He followed that up with an 84 to finish tied for 36th with a 164 total.

Alyssa McMinn (Abington Heights)

The Messiah College junior thrower is currently in the top six in three events on the Middle Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track performance list. She stands first in the discus at 135 feet, 2 inches; fifth in the shot put at 38 feet, ¼ inches; and sixth in the hammer throw at 135 feet, 7 inches with two meets remaining before the MAC Championships May 3-5 in Chester. McMinn is the defending champion in the discus. She also finished fourth in the shot put and 12th in the hammer at last year’s title meet.

Paige Harris (Abington Heights)

The sophomore right-hander is pitching in relief for the Millersville University softball team. The Marauders are 21-14 overall and 8-4 in the PSAC East after sweeping a league doubleheader from Kutztown last Friday in Millersville. Harris has a 1-1 record in six games. She’s worked 10 innings and given up 12 hits and 11 runs, 10 earned, with 10 walks and 13 strikeouts. She picked up her victory in an 18-8 win over Virginia State on March 9 in Cary, N.C., pitching 3.2 innings and giving up three hits and three runs, two earned, with two walks and four strikeouts.

Abington Heights graduate Carly Danoski, a sophomore at Moravian College, is preparing for the NCAA Division III Championships in May. Heights graduate Carly Danoski, a sophomore at Moravian College, is preparing for the NCAA Division III Championships in May. Submitted photo

Danoski Submitted photo

By Bill Arsenault

For Abington Journal

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