Ten Bloomsburg University student-athletes are taking home awards or being named to an all-conference team this week. Over the past two weeks, various fall sports have come to an end, while others have moved in the deep stages of the playoffs. In addition, winter sports have begun at Bloomsburg, making it a hectic time of the year. Below are the student-athletes that have been recognized for his/her performance in his/her particular sports.
Cross Country: Graduate student Vicki Davis was named the Atlantic Region Women’s Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Davis has five first place finishes this season, as well as one runner-up finish. Included in those wins is a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title, as well as a win at the Atlantic Region Championships.
Field Hockey: Six Husky players were selected to an All PSAC team for the 2013 season. Senior defender Jaclyn Beasley and junior midfielder Candace Smith were elected to the first team, while senior forward Brittany Mathews earned second team honors. The three Huskies who were selected to the third team were junior forward Felicia Domenici, senior forward Samantha Facciolla and senior goalie Megan Eppley. Bloomsburg’s season ended with a 1-0 loss to Shippensburg in the semifinals of the PSAC tournament. The Huskies finished with a 13-7 record overall.
Football: Senior running back Franklyn Quiteh has been named as one of the 28 finalists for the Harlon Hill award. The Harlon Hill award goes to the best player in Division II football, as voted on by the sports information directors from all of the 168 Division II schools that have a football team. This is Quiteh’s third time on the ballot, as he finished sixth as a freshman, and third last year as a junior. For the season, the senior is third in the country with 1,756 rushing yards and first in rushing touchdowns with 24.
Quiteh has also broken numerous records this season, most notably breaking the school and PSAC record for career rushing yards, as well as becoming only the third player in Division II history to rush for over 7,000 yards for his career. Regional voting will end on Friday, Nov. 22. The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 20 at the Florence Conference Center.
Also, freshman punter Will Wagner was named D2Football.com’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Against West Chester on Sunday, Nov. 10, Wagner punted four times with an average of 42.2 yards per punt. He also had three straight punts downed inside of the Ram’s one-yard line in the second half. For the season, Wagner is averaging 38.1 yards per punt.
Wrestling: Redshirt senior Bryce Busler was named the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) wrestler of the week after his stellar performance at the Brockport Invitational. Busler won the 149-pound weight class at the Brockport Invitational by defeating Kendric Maple of Oklahoma University. Maple was ranked number one in the country for the 149 pound weight class, and was a reigning NCAA champion. Busler was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for his efforts.