Bowman breaks OU record, O'Connor not far behind

Bowman breaks OU record, O'Connor not far behind


Bowman breaks OU record, O'Connor not far behind


The two fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase times in Oakland University history were run recently, both by Blue Water Area athletes.

Marlette’s Andrew Bowman is the new school record holder in the event, having run 9 minutes, 14.07 seconds at the Gibson Invitational this past weekend on the campus of Indiana State. The previous record was 9:19.26.

The person who finished right behind Bowman in the race was teammate and Croswell-Lexington graduate George O’Connor. His time of 9:18.62 also broke the previous school record.

The regular season is coming to a close for the Grizzlies, who will compete in the Crusader Open Saturday at Valparaiso.

Oakland will host the Horizon League Championships, which will be held May 1, 2 and 3 in Rochester.

Remember the Falcons?

Area hockey fans are readying for the 2015-16 season, which will bring the Federal Hockey League to McMorran Arena. But the arena’s most recent tenant just finished its first season in Pennsylvania.

The Keystone Ice Miners — formerly the Port Huron Fighting Falcons — were swept in their opening North American Hockey League playoff series against the Soo Eagles, ending an up-and-down year on and off the ice. Ownership of the team was taken over by the NAHL midway through the season.

Many of the team’s top players would be familiar to Falcons fans, as Matt Jones led the team in points (41) and goals (17) and Alex Blankenburg was the team’s top goaltender, finishing the regular season with a 2.18 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.

Taylor Fernandez, Austin Romzek, Jon Hall, Noah Batis, Alex Archibald, Vito Aluia, Garrett Hallford, Lucas Little, Niko Coffman and Reed Scahill are all players who ended the season with the Ice Miners and had worn a Falcons sweater a year ago.

It was the fourth and final junior season for Archibald, a Port Huron resident, who was the first signing by the Falcons. The defenseman finished his junior career with 15 goals, 64 assists and a plus-44 rating in 227 career games.

Contact Paul Costanzo at (810) 989-6251 or Follow him on Twitter @PaulCostanzo.


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