Included in this feature are updates on former M.O.T.-area athletes now competing in college. For additions to this list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Townsend sisters/Hodgson Vo-Tech products Brittney and Alyssa Murray are helping lead the Goldey-Beacom College women’s cross country team to some of the quickest times in program history.
Brittney, a junior, was part of the 2007 squad that was the fastest in school history, according to head coach Brian Conley. She also has the ninth best individual time in the 6K and is No. 13 in the 5K, and runs sprint relays for the spring outdoor team.
“Brittney and little sister Alyssa make great team members,” Conley said via e-mail. “They are very competitive with each other and at the same time equally motivating.
“When I asked Alyssa a freshman ‘How do you think your sister's times will be this coming year?’ she said better than last year because she's not going to like me finishing before her.
“After Alyssa's strong outdoor track season at Hodgson last year, I see Alyssa running great times and moving on to the all-time lists at GBC. They both know that the team this year has a good chance of being the fastest team in college history beating Brittney's 2007 team.
“With this new competitive edge, the Murray's will have no problem being two of Goldey-Beacom's best ever and helping the team reach their goals.”
Following is a list of local athletes competing in college. For additions to this list, please call 378-9531, ext. 15 or e-mail Craig@middletowntranscript.com.
JULIA FABBRONI: The 5-foot-2 junior defender started the first five games for the Immaculata University soccer team.
ERIC LATIMORE: Latimore earned a starting position at defensive end for Penn State, and recorded a sack in the Nittany Lions season-opening 31-7 win over Akron. Latimore, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound sophomore, had an assisted tackle during a 28-7 triumph over Syracuse.
KATIE CARPENTER: The sophomore midfielder appeared in seven soccer matches during her first season with the University of Delaware. This year she played in all of the Blue Hens first four games, starting one. UD began with a 2-1-1 record.
CORBIN DAVISTON: The freshman entered the Delaware State football program as a preferred walk-on. He was listed as a 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back.
CAMERON THOMAS: The 6-foot, 182-pound defensive back broke up a pass in Milford Academy’s opening 24-14 win over Wagner.
JESS VEAZEY: The 5-foot-10 freshman goalkeeper started the first six games of her career at Chestnut Hill College, making 35 saves and allowing 11 goals in a 3-3 start. She was part of a shutout victory.
P.J. DIGATI: After a four-year career as a standout offensive lineman at Hartwick College, DiGati is now a graduate assistant coach for Wesley College.
JOE LIGHTCAP: The 6-foot-5, 329-pounder was listed as an offensive tackle for Wesley College.
KENNY ANDERSON: After three years as the Cavaliers starting quarterback, Anderson joined the Widener University program as a 6-foot-1, 210-pound freshman.
LEIGH GRAY: The 5-foot-7 forward at LaSalle University played in one game last year before being injured. She scored an assist in that game against Delaware State, then took a redshirt year.
LJ SLAUGHTER: The junior was a mainstay in the early-season Wilmington University cross country lineup, and finished No. 16 overall at the host Wildcats invitational.
MEG WHALEN: The Wilmington University junior soccer player scored a goal in a recent 6-0 rout of Goldey Beacom. She was listed as a 5-foot-4 midfielder/defender.
REBECCA STOFFER: The big hitter is back for her second year with the Cecil College volleyball squad. She was among the Seahawks team leaders as a freshman.
MIKE MONTICCHIO: Formerly of Delaware Tech, Monticchio debuted on the Wesley College men’s soccer team this fall. The sophomore midfielder stood 6-feet tall and weighed 200 pounds.
Monticchio played in four of the Wolverines first six matches.
MEAAD MUSE-HALLIDAY: The former Middletown High all-stater entered the Kutztown University football program as a 6-foot-3, 208-pound defensive lineman.
MATT NIMMERICHTER: The local soccer product continued to thrive at Wesley College as junior midfielder. He was listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds.
Nimmerichter started in five of Wesley’s first six games as a junior, registering two shots in a 3-3 start.
As a sophomore, Nimmerichter started 15 of 21 games and scored his first two career goals in a victory over nationally-ranked Salisbury.
RYAN ZUVIC: The 6-foot junior midfielder for Wilmington University’s soccer team is a criminal justice major.
SAMANTHA SIMPSON: The 5-foot-3 junior defender-midfielder took three shots in a 6-0 rout of Goldey Beacom, and made an assist during a season-opening 6-2 triumph over Mercy College. Wilmington began with a 3-1 record.
SAM SCOTT: In three games for West Chester University, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior linebacker had six solo tackles and two assists, a half sack, one pass defended and one pass broken up. He also blocked a kick.
ARTUR VINCENTE: Vincente is a freshman forward on the Delaware Tech-Stanton soccer team.
BRIAN SMITH: Smith is a freshman forward on the Delaware Tech-Terry soccer team.
BENNY FIGGS: Figgs is a sophomore defender on the Delaware Tech-Terry soccer team.
BROOKE TADLOCK: The 5-foot-6 junior forward entered the Wesley College field hockey season as an accomplished veteran, and promptly scored two game-winning goals in the Wolverines first four games. She scored three goals overall and took 30 shots in four games.
DANIELLE TEARL: Tearl joined the Wesley College field hockey team as a 5-foot-1 freshman forward. She took four shots in the first three games of her college career.
TOM FOX: He entered his senior season as the starting center for Wesley College’s highly-regarded Division III football program. Fox was listed at 6-foot-2, 247 pounds.
Fox, a business management major, earned ACFC All-Academic honors in his junior year. He played in eight games for Wesley, backing up all-star center Pat Bell.
RYAN GERLITZ: The former Delaware high school offensive player of the year began his college career at Carson-Newman as a 6-foot-4, 210-pound wide receiver-kicker and punter. He missed a field goal try in Carson-Newman’s season opening 38-10 win over Campbellsville.
KRISTEN ROBERTS: The Loveland, Colo. native continued a strong showing as a sophomore volleyball player at Wesley College, making 42 kills and five assists in the first eight matches. Roberts, an outside hitter, was second on the team with 134 kills as a freshman.
VICTORIA BERGER: Is playing soccer for the Delaware Tech-Terry squad.
JOHN CLARKE: The Middletown native entered his senior year with the Wesley College cross country team. Clarke is a physical education major with a minor in history.
ALEXIS ZABIELSKI: The 5-foot-4 freshman joined the Wilmington University cross country lineup, finishing No. 42 at the host Wildcats invitational.
BRIAN POTTS: The 6-foot-4, 202-pound redshirt freshman competed all preseason for Towson University’s starting quarterback spot.
In the spring game, Potts completed 9 of 15 passes for 102 yards. The Towson media guide touted him as a candidate for Academic All-America honors.
KRIS ENSLEN: The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder earned a starting defensive end position at the University of Maine. He redshirted last season and entered this year as a freshman, eligibilitywise.
Enslen began the season with a burst, making five solo tackles and 10 assists in Maine’s opening two victories. He had three tackles for loss and two sacks.
Enslen is a kinesiology and physical education/exercise science major.
VINNIE RANNAUTO: The 5-foot-11, 202-pound sophomore linebacker made six solo tackles and eight assists in three games for the Shippensburg University football team. He had a sack and fumble recovery. As a freshman Ranauto, a management major, made 19 tackles.
AMANDA DAVIS: A team captain for the Wilmington University soccer squad, the 5-foot-6 junior midfielder/forward scored a game-tying goal in an eventual 2-1 win over Nyack.
ERIC MACEDO: Is running cross country for the University of Delaware men’s team.