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April 15, 2005
Vol. 46 No. 20

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Shaffer sixth in Division III

Sophomore shortstop Sarah Shaffer ranks sixth in batting average in the NCAA Division III softball statistics, through games of April 10.

Shaffer is hitting .524 (33-for-63) to lead the Common-wealth Conference in average and leads the team with 18 runs scored, five doubles, three triples, 14 RBIs and five steals.

In addition to leading the Commonwealth Con-ference in batting average, Shaffer leads in on-base percentage (.565) and is second in slugging percentage (.698), third in hits, fourth in runs scored and tied for sixth in RBIs.

She has twice been named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week this season and has 11 multihit games in 19 games this season. Her average has been below .500 just twice all season with a low of .471, and has been as high as .595.

The Crusaders (11-9 overall, 2-6 Common-wealth) return to action on Thursday with a nonconference doubleheader at York College.

Men's track takes first place

The Susquehanna men and women's track and field teams competed at the rain-shortened Elizabethtown Quadrangular on Saturday on April 2. The meet was halted following the men's 800-meter run because of flooding on the track.

The Crusader men finished first at the meet, scoring 135 points to edge the host Blue Jays (123) with Messiah and Dickinson finishing with 67 points each.

Earning victories for the Crusader men were freshman Ian Horton in the javelin (154 feet, 9 inches), freshman Mike Marr in the high jump (6-2), sophomore Pat Keating in the shot put (44-3), freshman Justin Miller in the 1,500 meters (4:13.5) and junior Scott Haldeman in the pentathlon (4,140 points).

Capturing second-place finishes were senior Nate Anderson in the javelin (154-7), senior Matt Hill in the shot put (39-5), freshman Steve Semanchik in the 110-meter hurdles (17.4 seconds), junior Sean Capkin in the 400 meters (51.0 seconds) and sophomore Tyler Firth in the 100 meters (10.9 seconds).

Susquehanna's women placed third with 114 points, as Messiah scored 126, Elizabethtown 117 and Dickinson 72.

For the Crusader women, sophomore Emily Lepley won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.2 seconds, and junior Kirsten Sundberg captured the high jump after clearing 5 feet.



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