PHILADELPHIA - Erin Kling set yet another record for the California University of Pennsylvania.
Competing at the prestigious Penn Relays, the nation's oldest and largest track and field competition, Kling, a Jamestown native, raced in the 10,000 meters to an 18th-place finish amongst 30 of the top distance runners in the country from all NCAA divisions. Her time, 36 minutes, 48.83 seconds, broke her own school record set earlier this season, and was good enough for seventh amongst Division II athletes.
The time trimmed her previous record by a whopping 10 seconds.
Earlier, at the Ed Fry Invitational in Indiana, Pa., Kling posted a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run when she crossed the finish line in 5:04.33, just behind teammate Alex Zanella.
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Former Post-Journal girls soccer player of the year Tess Follman (Killbuck/Salamanca), currently a member of the Pitt-Bradford women's soccer team, was selected to play for the USA Division III all-star soccer team.
Follman will be traveling with her teammates to compete in Brazil this May.
A freshman, Follman, the daughter of Robert and Shelly, is a forward that during the season was twice named an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) player of the week and at season's end was selected to the AMCC second team.
She is the squad's second leading scorer.
As a member of the USA Division III all-star team, Follman will be joining 15 other women from colleges across the country for a nine-day tour of Brazil, where they will play in the city of Jundiai and the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio.
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Thad Johnson (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) reached a major milestone in his Division 1 collegiate baseball career recently.
Johnson, the New York State all-time record holder for hits in a career, belted his first career home run in an Atlantic 10 contest with Saint Louis.
The solo shot came in the fourth inning (he led off the frame), and Johnson finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Two days later the shortstop went 1-for-2 with a career-high four RBIs in a victory over Bucknell and then a few days after that he connected on three hits in four at-bats with a run scored, raising his batting average a whopping 21 points.
The former Frewsburg standout is now batting .248 with 15 runs scored, 12 RBIs, 15 walks and is reaching base safely at a .356-clip.
Thad's older brother, Asa (Jamestown/Frewsburg), meanwhile, not only recorded his first career save (going 2 innings and striking out three) in a victory over Dayton on Friday, but also combined with another Frewsburg alumnus, Connor Grey (Frewsburg/Frewsburg), a day later in limiting the Flyers to just six hits and one run.
Grey, who sports a 3.95 ERA in 27 innings pitched this season, surrendered one hit over 3 innings and needed just 34 pitches to record 10 outs.
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After a stellar diving season, Jeff Green (Lakewood/Southwestern) picked up right where he left off for the Nazareth College men's track and field team.
In his first home meet of the season, the freshman pole vaulter set a new Golden Flyers record when he cleared 12 feet, 51/2 inches, which was good enough for third place in that event.
Green now holds records in two sports at Nazareth - two in diving and one in track.
Green also placed fifth at the Empire 8 Conference Championships, along the way qualifying for the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships, which will be held at St. Lawrence College today and Saturday.
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Alyssa Goot (Cassadaga/Fredonia), a sophomore on the Alfred University women's track and field team, placed eighth in the javelin throw at the recent Empire 8 championships held at Nazareth.
Goot's throw measured 24.56 meters (or about 80 feet, 6 inches).