UL grad, Kemp, honored by MEC

WEST LIBERTY — Hannah Kemp arrived at West Liberty University after a successful prep running career at Union Local.

However, the true freshman entered her initial cross country season with none of what she accomplished in high school in mind.

“I had a clean slate,” Kemp said. “I told myself I had no expectations and I just needed to run.”

And she’s not only ran. She’s ran really well, too.

“The season has been a great experience so far as it’s definitely been a season of ‘new beginnings,'” Kemp relayed. “I really enjoy the distance running atmosphere of college and my love for the sport is growing. I am very happy with my current progress, but I will keep striving to improve.”

Kemp has been the Hilltoppers leader throughout the season and last weekend had maybe her best showing yet when she placed 24th overall in a large field, featuring numerous Division I schools, at the Greater Louisville Classic.

Her efforts didn’t go unnoticed. She was named the Mountain East Conference’s Female Runner of the Week.

“I was very surprised when I heard that I received the award,” Kemp said. “I was also very excited because my (male) teammate Danah Phillips also received it.”

Kemp finished the race in the Bluegrass State with a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 53.7 seconds, which was just under a minute off the winning time.

“I have tried to focus on just running and enjoying the moment,” Kemp said. “I have been prioritizing pre-hab and rehab to stay healthy and I’ve learned, in transitioning to college, the importance of increased mileage and better overall fitness, but I have also found that recovery is just as important.”

Kemp and the Hilltoppers return to action Saturday in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational.

“For the remainder of the season, I would like to continue with what I have been doing,” Kemp said. “My coach always re-iterates how ‘consistency is key in our sport’ and that is what I would like to follow. I would like to finish the season with no regrets and just keep trying to improve.”

Here’s a look at other Ohio Valley products:



COLTON MCKIVITZ, West Virginia — Red-shirt senior started once again at left tackle in the Mountaineers loss to Texas. He also graced the cover of the game-day program.

AUSTIN DORRIS, Bowling Green — Shadyside graduate played in the Falcons’ 52-0 loss at Notre Dame.

CHUCKWUDI CHUCKWU, Ohio — Linsly School graduate played in the Bobcats’ overtime win over Buffalo.

MANDELLA LAWRENCE-BURKE, Kent State — Steubenville grad recorded three tackles in the Flashes’ loss at Wisconsin.


ELIJAH BELL, North Carolina A&T — Wheeling Park grad continued to assault the record book at A&T. He became the school’s all-time leader in receptions. He caught 3 more passes for 65 yards.

MAALIK RICHMOND, Youngstown State — Steubenville grad posted two tackles and recovered a fumble in the Penguins’ loss at Northern Iowa.


COLE SKAGGS, West Virginia Wesleyan — St. Clairsville grad had one solo tackle in a loss to Notre Dame College.

GEREMY PAIGE, California, Pa. — Wheeling Park grad had two tackles in a loss to IUP.

ZACH PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Wheeling Park product completed 16-of-32 passes for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown in a loss to West Virginia State.

NATE PHILLIPS, West Liberty — Wheeling Park grad had a tackle in last week’s game.

JACK DAVIS, West Liberty — Martins Ferry grad finished with five tackles, including one for loss. He also recovered a fumble.

CODY ENRIETTI, West Liberty — Weir High grad had four tackles, including 1.5 for loss last week.

CLAY MCDONALD, West Liberty — Wheeling Park grad posted eight tackles and had a quarterback hurry in a loss to West Virginia State.

KOTY HUDSON, West Liberty — Brooke High product started at safety for the Hilltoppers.

KYLE RITZ, West Liberty — Magnolia grad rushed once for 5 yards.

THOMAS COLE, West Liberty — Brooke product caught 6 passes for 45 yards.

ZACH HAUGHT, West Liberty — Magnolia product played in last week’s game at West Virginia State.

REED REITTER, West Liberty — True freshman from Weir High punted six times for a 44.8 yard average. He dropped two inside the 20 yard line.

CHANCE RUCKER, West Liberty — Caldwell grad started once again at left guard for the Hilltoppers.

TYLER ELY, West Liberty — Steubenville grad started at right tackle for the Hilltoppers.

RYAN LAFOLLETTE, Wheeling — Monroe Central grad caught five passes for 22 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to Charleston.

JACK FITCH, Wheeling — Martins Ferry grad served as the holder on PATs during the Cardinals loss to Charleston.

JAKE KEENAN, Wheeling — Toronto grad caught three passes for 23 yards and rushed once for 8 yards.

MATT GREENWOOD, Wheeling — St. Clairsville product punted fort times for a 36.8 yard average with one being downed inside the 20. He kicked off three times for a 49-yard average and had a tackle.

ZACH EKEY, Wheeling — Steubenville grad started at right tackle for the Cardinals.

BRADY KOLB, Wheeling — True freshman from St. Clairsville had a 12-yard kickoff return in the loss to Charleston.

KEONTE HOLMES, Wheeling — Steubenville alumnus appeared in last Saturday’s game for the Cardinals.

JOHNNY AGRESTA, Walsh — Steubenville grad played during the Walsh victory.

ALIJAH DEMITRAS, Walsh — Steubenville grad started once again at center as the Cavaliers posted their first win of the season, 21-6, over Lake Erie College.


CHRISTIAN WITCHEY, St. Vincent’s — St. Clairsville grad continued to put up a strong season. He punted seven times for a 32-yard average with a long of 42.

VON WOODING, Oberlin — Senior linebacker from Linsly posted seven tackles, forced fumble and had a tackle for loss in a 12-7 loss to Kenyon.

JERMAIN SNODGRASS, Bethany — Wheeling Park grad posted four tackles in a loss to Washington & Jefferson.

DE’VAUGHN MCWHORTER, Bethany — Wheeling Park grad played in last week’s loss.

DREW LOWERY, Muskingum — Buckeye Trail product posted six tackles and a quarterback hurry in a loss to John Carroll.

LUKE MENGES, Waynesburg — Union Local grad posted four tackles as the Jackets picked up their first victory of the season.

LUCAS DONLEY, Waynesburg — Union Local product had two tackles in the Jackets’ win.

BEN HOWELL, Waynesburg — Union Local grad contributed a tackle during the win last weekend.

CHASE ESPEN, Waynesburg — St. Clairsville graduate started at right tackle in the Jackets win over Thiel.

JUSTIN LOUGHRIE, Geneva — Brooke grad carried seven times for 13 yards in a win over St. Vincent’s.

TANNER CLARK, Marietta — Caldwell grad rushed 25 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns during the Pioneers’ loss to Ohio Northern. He also caught 4 passes for 22 yards.

VIC GIOVENGO, Marietta — Linsly grad posted eight tackles, including a sack in last week’s loss.

MAX TICE, Marietta — Toronto product was in on four tackles last week.

TROY PONTIUS, Marietta — Buckeye Trail grad had two tackles last week.

BOONE JONES, Marietta — Shenandoah product had a tackle last week.

HAYDEN DALEY, Marietta — Steubenville Central alumnus appeared in last week’s loss to Ohio Northern.

LUKE WATT, Marietta — St. Clairsville grad appeared in the Pioneers’ loss last week.

COLE GRIFFIN, John Carroll — Linsly School product posted a tackle in a loss last week.

IAN PHILLIPS, Washington & Jefferson — Steubenville grad connected on a PAT kick in last week’s win over Bethany.


CHASE STEWART, Youngstown State — The former Shadyside all-Ohioan is red shirting this fall as he recovers from an injury. He expects to be back for indoor track this winter and outdoor during the spring.


EMILY HOLZOPFEL, Wheeling — Former Buckeye Local standout finished tied for 14th with a score of 259.

HOWIE PETERSON, West Liberty — Madonna product finished tied for 8th in the MEC event with a score of 227. He moved up four spots during the final round.

KAILEE PETTIT, West Liberty — John Marshall grad finished 8th with a three-day score of 254 in the MEC tournament.

DOROTHY ROMANEK, Davis & Elkins — Former Wheeling Park Patriot finished 17th overall with a score of 267 in the MEC event.


ALYSSA OTTO, Mercyhurst — Freshman from St. Clairsville continues to pile up goals for the Lakers. She scored her team’s lone goal in a loss to Indiana, Pa. last weekend.

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