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SU roundup: Baseball Hornets hold steaydy in polls

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The Shenandoah University baseball team has maintained its ranking in the a pair of ranking polls released Tuesday morning.

Shenandoah, 29-11 on the season, remains as the nation's No. 20 team in the week 12 NCBWA/D3baseball.com poll and No. 19 in the ABCA poll.

In the D3baseball.com poll, SU has 146 points to find itself just behind future ODAC rival Lynchburg.

LC is one of four ranked teams that the Hornets could face at the upcoming Newport News Regional.

Shenandoah opens the regional today at 4:30 p.m., against No. 18 Rowan. The regional also includes No. 5 Salisbury and No. 6 Christopher Newport.

Salisbury ranked fourth, CNU eighth, Lynchburg 16th and Rowan 24th in the ABCA poll.

Marietta (Ohio) is the No. 1 team in both polls.

Track and field

Smith in line for NCAA championships

Senior Amy Smith has put herself in position to become Shenandoah University's first-ever NCAA national qualifier in outdoor track with a school record performance in the steeplechase Monday evening at a last chance meet hosted by Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa.

Smith now has the 18th best time in the nation after ripping off a 10:57.34 to break her previous school mark by nearly 10 seconds.

With the NCAA taking the top 22 performances in the steeplechase to the national championships in two weeks, Smith has put herself in position to claim one of those spots with the school record time.

Bids to the championships become official at noon on Sunday.

The Hornets sent five additional athletes to the event: Matthew Thompson in the 400 meter hurdles, Kirk Lewis in the 400, Jake Garcia and Josiah Renton in the men's steeplechase and Dorothy Earner in the 5000 meters.

Thompson had a school record in the 400 hurdles with a 55:73 while Lewis finished 10th in the 400 at 50.48.

Lewis' mark is also a new program best.

Earner was 17th in her race with an 18:32.27 with Renton coming in sixth and Garcia 11th in the men's steeple.

Renton posted a new school mark with a 9:18.91 while Garcia crossed the line at 9:54.50.

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