Warren County athletes shining in college ranks

Warren County athletes are littering college rosters all over the region, and have had tremendous success so far this season.

Here’s a brief look at some of the standouts.

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Lydia Latimer (Warren/Cleveland State Volleyball)

The former Lady Dragon who helped lead them to the state title game last season has carved out a major role as a freshman for Division I Cleveland State.

Playing at outside hitter, Latimer is fourth on the team in kills with 40, including 12 of the team’s 26 kills against No. 15 Kentucky at the Bluegrass Battle on Sept. 123.

Latimer earned the start in the season-opener for the Vikings at Pitt, which is currently ranked No. 4 in the country, registering four kills in that contest.

CSU started off slow against a brutally tough schedule but is 4-7 and coming off back-to-back 3-0 wins over Niagara and Kent State. They being Horizon League play this Friday, traveling to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI.

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Nick Giambrone (Warren) and Alex Fincher (Eisenhower) Clarion University Men’s Golf

Clarion’s men’s golf team has a strong Warren County connection, as both Fincher and Giambrone are key cogs.

At the opening event of the season, the Hal Hansen Invitational at DuBois, Fincher shot a 169 (30th place) and Giambrone a two-day total of 171.

Fincher finished fourth at the Glade Springs Intercollegiate Championship last weekend in Daniels, W. Va.

After Day 1 at the Mercyhurst Fall Invitational on Monday, Giambrone was in a tie for 10th with an opening-round 75, while Fincher carded an 85.

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Michaela Lind (Warren/Edinboro Cross Country)

At the opening Doug Watts Open in Edinboro, Lind a junior was 33rd with a time of 25:40. As a team, Edinboro finished third among 11 teams with a total of 91 points. The event was won by Seton Hill. The Fighting Scots took eighth at the Lock Haven 6K Invitational this past weekend. Lind finished 197th with a time of 25:21.9.

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Kayla Giambrone (Warren/Gannon Cross Country)

The former Dragon standout and Gannon freshman posted a season-best time at the Lock Haven Invite, with a time of 24:41.7, good for 15th. The Golden Knights finished 17th out of 35 teams. West Virginia won the event. At the Kutztown Division II/III challenge, Giambrone placed 7th with a time of 26:01.0. Gannon finished eighth out of 13 teams.

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Nate Eadie (Warren/Slippery Rock Cross Country)

Eadie, the former Dragon standout and current SRU freshman, placed 142nd at the Lock Haven Invitational with a time of 28:04 as SRU finished 12th as a team.

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Other current Warren County athletes on college rosters for fall sports include Andrew Egger (Warren/Grove City College football), Jake Kupchella (Warren/Robert Morris football), Mackenzie Bickling (Warren/Penn State Behrend soccer) and Trenten Dippold (Warren/Gannon cross country).

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