Another big weekend in the books for IUP



The Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., saw IUP’s distance relay team achieve a men’s indoor record.

Austin Cooper (sophomore, geography), Joe Lynch (graduate, kinesiology, health & sports science), Andrew Morgan (junior, criminology) and Derek Noll (freshman, criminology) produced a time of 10:03.21, besting the previous record of 10:07.74 that was set in 2013. The time was also the best in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference this year.

Ray Ofman (senior, sports administration) returned from a hamstring injury with a PSAC qualifying mark of 8:38.43 in the 3000 meters.

“That injury sidelined Ray for the first half of the season,” head coach Joey Zins said. “We need to get him qualified for conference in his primary individual events at GVSU and Kent State.”

Zins expressed confidence that his runners are focused on the meet at hand.

“Grand Valley State is a major meet and an opportunity to get some big things accomplished,” Zins said. “I don’t think any of our athletes will be looking past it.”

Julius Rivera (freshman, human development) finished the 60-meter race with a time of 7.03 and finished third overall in the finals with a time of 6.91. Additionally, Noll reached an NCAA-qualifying height of 4.72 meters in the pole vault.

“The purpose of the trip to Michigan is to give some of our top performers an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships,” Zins said. “We are hopeful that the great competition will fuel some great performances from our team,”

The Crimson Hawks will participate in the Kent State Tune-Up Saturday.