College roundup: Arizona's Meisberger earns spot at NCAA D-I track championships

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Shannon Meisberger is going to the NCAA Division I track and field championships.

Meisberger, a Lenox High School graduate who runs at the University of Arizona, set a personal-best time in the 400 meter hurdles, which was good enough to earn her a spot in the D-I championships on June 5-8 at the University of Texas in Austin.

The sophomore ran the 400 hurdles in 57.14 seconds. That time was good for third in her heat, and that time was seventh overall at the West Preliminary round at Sacramento State.

The top time in the 400 hurdles belonged to Ranae McKenzie of Kansas State, who ran a 56.28.

Meisberger's Arizona teammate Karolina Pahlitzsch finished third in her heat. Pahlitzsch auto-qualified in a time of 57.23.

Meisberger and Pahlitzsch are two of five University of Arizona athletes who earned their way to Austin in Friday night competition.

NCAA Softball World Series

TYLER, Texas — The Williams College run in the NCAA Division III softball tournament came to an abbreviated end on Saturday afternoon.

Williams had to dig itself out of an early hole and nearly completed a comeback for the ages, but the Ephs lost to Trine 10-7 in an elimination-round game. Williams ends its season with a 39-7 record.

How rough of a start was it? At the end of the fourth inning, the school from Angola, Indiana, had an 8-0 lead, and had chased starter Mackenzie Murphy. Murphy gave up five earned runs on five hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.

Trine (37-7) scored a run in the second inning and then scored four in the third. Three of them came in on a home run by Michaela Hartline, one of two homers she hit on the day.

The Ephs got on the board thanks to Jessica Kim's RBI double in the fifth inning. Williams erupted for four runs in the sixth, keyed by Kirstin Mapes' lead off home run. That made it 8-5, and the Ephs were in striking distance.

In the top of the seventh, Hartline struck again, hitting a two-run homer off of reliever Rebecca Duncan, the third Williams pitcher.

Williams was not quite finished because Casey Pelz hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, cutting Trine's lead to 10-7. But Williams could not get another runner on board.

Duncan led the Williams offense, going 2 for 3 and scoring twice. Hartline was 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs and six RBI.

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Williams     000     014     2     —     7     8     0

Hannah Kampmann (7), Kate Saupe (0) and Victoria Porter. Mackenzie Murphy (2 2/3), Kirstin Mapes (1), Rebecca Duncan (3 1/3) and Riley Salvo. W — Kampmann (17-1). L — Murphy (12-4). 2B — T (Makenna Hartline, Victoria Porter). W (Jessica Kim, Murphy). HR — T (Michaela Hartline 2, Ashley Swartout). W (Kirstin Mapes, Casey Pelz).

NCAA Division III Track and field

GENEVA, Ohio — Williams College distance runner Aidan Ryan will return from Ohio as an NCAA Division III champion.

Ryan won the 1,500 meters at the D-III championships, held at SPIRE Academy.

Ryan's time of 3 minutes, 49.14 seconds was more than good enough to beat Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Kyler Luech, who ran the event in 3:49.57. Ryan's time broke the Academy record of 3:49.61, set by Joshua Sealand of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps back in 2017.

Ryan also finished sixth in the 5,000 meters in 14:53.19.

The Williams women finished 10th overall with 23 points. Loras College won the women's D-III title with 53 points, while Washington-St. Louis was second with 49 points.

On the men's side, Williams was 19th with 14 points. Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the title with 68 points, followed by MIT with 38.

The Williams women's 4-by-400 meter relay team finished just over two seconds from winning its own national championship. The foursome of Davis Collison, Ella Dunn, Caitlin Ubl and Megan Powell ran a 3:44.72. Nebraska Wesleyan claimed the title in 3:42.31.

NJCAA softball

ROCHESTER, Minn. — It was a rough afternoon for former Hoosac Valley pitcher Kali Puppolo and her Herkimer Community College teammates.

Puppolo gave up five runs in one-third of an inning as top-seeded Rock Valley scored seven times in the first inning en route to a 21-6 thrashing in the NJCAA Division III World Series.

The good thing for Puppolo and her teammates is that the loss only counted as one game. There was a second "if" game being played Saturday night. The results were not available at press time.

Puppolo gave up four walks and a base hit before Ciel Iida came out of the bullpen for Herkimer. Iida went the final 5 2/3 innings, giving up 16 runs, and 14 of them were earned.

Interestingly enough, Rock Valley had 18 hits, but only two were for extra bases. Emily Perkins hit a three-run triple in the first inning, while Paige Webster hit a grand slam in the fourth.

Williams     000     014     2     —     7     8     0

Hannah Kampmann (7), Kate Saupe (0) and Victoria Porter. Mackenzie Murphy (2 2/3), Kirstin Mapes (1), Rebecca Duncan (3 1/3) and Riley Salvo. W — Kampmann (17-1). L — Murphy (12-4). 2B — T (Makenna Hartline, Victoria Porter). W (Jessica Kim, Murphy). HR — T (Michaela Hartline 2, Ashley Swartout). W (Kirstin Mapes, Casey Pelz).

NCAA Division III Track and field

GENEVA, Ohio — Williams College distance runner Aidan Ryan will return from Ohio as an NCAA Division III champion.

Ryan won the 1,500 meters at the D-III championships, held at SPIRE Academy.

Ryan's time of 3 minutes, 49.14 seconds was more than good enough to beat Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Kyler Luech, who ran the event in 3:49.57. Ryan's time broke the Academy record of 3:49.61, set by Joshua Sealand of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps back in 2017.

Ryan also finished sixth in the 5,000 meters in 14:53.19.

The Williams women finished 10th overall with 23 points. Loras College won the women's D-III title with 53 points, while Washington-St. Louis was second with 49 points.

On the men's side, Williams was 19th with 14 points. Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the title with 68 points, followed by MIT with 38.

The Williams women's 4-by-400 meter relay team finished just over two seconds from winning its own national championship. The foursome of Davis Collison, Ella Dunn, Caitlin Ubl and Megan Powell ran a 3:44.72. Nebraska Wesleyan claimed the title in 3:42.31.

NJCAA softball

ROCHESTER, Minn. — It was a rough afternoon for former Hoosac Valley pitcher Kali Puppolo and her Herkimer Community College teammates.

Puppolo gave up five runs in one-third of an inning as top-seeded Rock Valley scored seven times in the first inning en route to a 21-6 thrashing in the NJCAA Division III World Series.

The good thing for Puppolo and her teammates is that the loss only counted as one game. There was a second "if" game being played Saturday night. The results were not available at press time.

Puppolo gave up four walks and a base hit before Ciel Iida came out of the bullpen for Herkimer. Iida went the final 5 2/3 innings, giving up 16 runs, and 14 of them were earned.

Interestingly enough, Rock Valley had 18 hits, but only two were for extra bases. Emily Perkins hit a three-run triple in the first inning, while Paige Webster hit a grand slam in the fourth.

Hannah Kampmann (7), Kate Saupe (0) and Victoria Porter. Mackenzie Murphy (2 2/3), Kirstin Mapes (1), Rebecca Duncan (3 1/3) and Riley Salvo. W — Kampmann (17-1). L — Murphy (12-4). 2B — T (Makenna Hartline, Victoria Porter). W (Jessica Kim, Murphy). HR — T (Michaela Hartline 2, Ashley Swartout). W (Kirstin Mapes, Casey Pelz).

NCAA Division III Track and field

GENEVA, Ohio — Williams College distance runner Aidan Ryan will return from Ohio as an NCAA Division III champion.

Ryan won the 1,500 meters at the D-III championships, held at SPIRE Academy.

Ryan's time of 3 minutes, 49.14 seconds was more than good enough to beat Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Kyler Luech, who ran the event in 3:49.57. Ryan's time broke the Academy record of 3:49.61, set by Joshua Sealand of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps back in 2017.

Ryan also finished sixth in the 5,000 meters in 14:53.19.

The Williams women finished 10th overall with 23 points. Loras College won the women's D-III title with 53 points, while Washington-St. Louis was second with 49 points.

On the men's side, Williams was 19th with 14 points. Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the title with 68 points, followed by MIT with 38.

The Williams women's 4-by-400 meter relay team finished just over two seconds from winning its own national championship. The foursome of Davis Collison, Ella Dunn, Caitlin Ubl and Megan Powell ran a 3:44.72. Nebraska Wesleyan claimed the title in 3:42.31.

NJCAA softball

ROCHESTER, Minn. — It was a rough afternoon for former Hoosac Valley pitcher Kali Puppolo and her Herkimer Community College teammates.

Puppolo gave up five runs in one-third of an inning as top-seeded Rock Valley scored seven times in the first inning en route to a 21-6 thrashing in the NJCAA Division III World Series.

The good thing for Puppolo and her teammates is that the loss only counted as one game. There was a second "if" game being played Saturday night. The results were not available at press time.

Puppolo gave up four walks and a base hit before Ciel Iida came out of the bullpen for Herkimer. Iida went the final 5 2/3 innings, giving up 16 runs, and 14 of them were earned.

Interestingly enough, Rock Valley had 18 hits, but only two were for extra bases. Emily Perkins hit a three-run triple in the first inning, while Paige Webster hit a grand slam in the fourth.


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