By Scott Kindberg
A Chautauqua Lake Central School graduate set a University of Buffalo pole vault record at the Mid-American Conference indoor track and field championships at Kent State Field House last weekend.
Craig Howard, far right, celebrates his fourth-place finish in the heptathlon at the Mid-American Conference indoor track and field championships last weekend.
Photo courtesy of the University at Buffalo
Lakewood resident Jeff Green has turned in another stellar diving season at Nazareth College.
Photo courtesy of Nazareth College
Craig Howard, a Dewittville resident and UB junior, set the school mark of 16 feet, 10 inches while placing fourth in the heptathlon with 5,365 points. Bulls' teammate, Mike Morgan, placed first with 5,704 points to become the first-ever UB athlete to win the heptathlon, while breaking the school, MAC and facility record. For his efforts, Morgan was named the men's field event athlete of the meet and currently ranks fifth in the NCAA in the event.
Howard, the son of Bryan and Sandy Howard, is no stranger to track and field success. A two-year captain at CLCS for coaches Ed Hulton and Cal Cederquist, Howard won the Division II pole vault, finished third overall at the 2011 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships and, in the process, set a school pole vault record of 15 feet.
Another Chautauqua County native, junior John Strickland (Ashville/Panama), placed third in the high jump at the MAC Championships with a leap of 6-10. Strickland, the son of Dan and Sally Strickland, earned four letters and captained two seasons for Coach Rob Pawlak at Panama Central School. In 2011, he won the Division II high jump title (6-8) at the NYSPHSAA Championships.
Nazareth College sophomore Jeff Green (Lakewood/Southwestern) closed out his diving season last weekend with a ninth-place finish in the 1-meter diving competition at the NCAA Division III Region 4 Diving Championships at Judson Pool on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology.
Green posted a score of 413.95, short of his qualifying score of 494.15. Buffalo State's Alec Fleet won the 1-meter title with a score of 494.50 and will be among the qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis later this month.
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Green, the son of Dennis and Beth Green, also finished 13th in the 3-meter competition with a score of 358.65.
Last month, Green placed sixth in the 3-meter (398.60 points) and third in the 1-meter (494.15) which was only 4.6 points behind second place, at the Empire 8/UNYSCSA Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College.
Those two scores broke the school records he previously held for 11 dives on both the 1- and 3-meter boards. As a result of his performance, he was named the male athlete of the week at Nazareth,
Jordan Steele (Falconer/Falconer), a member of the Westminster College women's soccer team, was named honorable mention on the National Soccer Coaches Association of American College Division Women's Scholar All-East Region team. Steele, a psychology major, has a 3.74 grade-point average.
To be named to a regional team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout her career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team, and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.
The St. Bonaventure University baseball team won its first game of the season on Tuesday, downing Lehigh, 6-4, in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Bret Heath (Jamestown/Jamestown) smacked an RBI triple and Thad Johnson (Jamestown/Frewsburg) added a run-scoring single for the Bonnies (1-8). Johnson closed out the game, throwing four inning and registering his first save of his college career.
Earlier on their Florida trip, St. Bonaventure received an outstanding pitching performance from Asa Johnson (Jamestown/Frewsburg). The right-hander worked 6 shutout innings and allowed only three hits, but the Bonnies fell to Central Michigan, 5-0.
Meanwhile, Connor Grey (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) tossed a complete game, working eight innings and fanning seven in a 7-2 loss to Northeastern