Thrush shines indoors at Harvard

BOSTON, Mass. — Former two-time state champion Ryan Thrush of Brookville made his indoor track debut at Harvard University last weekend at the Boston University Opener.

And Thrush made it a good one, winning the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:25.65. Thrush’s time ranks seventh all-time on the team’s honor roll.

The Boston Open was Harvard’s lone meet before New Years. The Crimson are back in action at home Jan. 12.

In other indoor track and field news:

— Brookville’s Dylan Buffington, at Penn State Behrend, won the 3,000-meter run at last Saturday’s Mount Union Toy Drive Invitational in Ohio, crossing the line in 8:49.31, good enough to qualify for ECAC Championships later in the season. Former Elk County Catholic standout Zach Wortman finished fourth.

— Slippery Rock has two former Brookville athletes on its roster with Hali Olson and Elaina Powell. At last Friday’s Youngstown State meet, she was 36th in the 200-meter dash and 17th in the 400 dash while running a leg on the seventh-place 4x400 relay.

— At the same Youngstown meet, another Brookville graduate, freshman Maley Zents of Clarion University, was 29th in the 60-meter dash and ran a leg on the 18th-place 4x400 relay.

CUP men fall at Shippensburg

SHIPPENSBURG — The Clarion University men’s basketball team dropped two games over the weekend, a 78-65 loss at Shippensburg Sunday and a 102-71 rout at Millersville Saturday.

The Golden Eagles take a 2-7 record into Saturday’s game at Bloomsburg.

In Sunday’s loss, the Golden Eagles trailed by 19 at halftime and cut into that margin in the second half to lose by 13. Former C-L standout R.J. Laugand scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in 24 minutes while Johnsonburg’s Cameron Grumley finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Saturday, Laugand scored five points while Grumley finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.

For the year, Laugand is averaging 7.6 points and 2.2 assists per game while Grumley is at 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

CUP women even record

SHIPPENSBURG — Sunday’s 65-59 win at Shippensburg University evened the Clarion University women’s basketball team’s record to 4-4 going into Wednesday’s non-conference game at home against PSU-Greater Allegheny.

Amesha Harden-Pullium finished with a team-high 21 points and was especially effective at the free throw line, where she went 12-of-14. Jordan Bekelja was right behind her, notching 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting (3-of-4 from three-point range) and a perfect 6-of-6 day at the charity stripe.

Saturday, the Golden Eagles also visit Bloomsburg.

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