Area roundup: Witten takes over Capital girls hoops

Ahmed Witten was recently named the girls basketball coach at Capital.

Witten, who formerly served as an assistant coach for the boys team under Carl Clark, takes over after the departure of B.J. Calabrese. The Cougars were 6-16 last season, one year after advancing to the Class AAA state tournament.

Calabrese announced his resignation last month and will serve as an assistant coach at George Washington this upcoming season.

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WVU TRACK: The West Virginia track and field team will send three members to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Eugene, Ore. Seniors Sarah Martinelli and Stormy Nesbit and junior Allison Lasnicki will compete for individual national championships.

Martinelli competes today in the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals at 9:45 p.m. EDT. In her most recent outing, Martinelli recorded the second-fastest time in school history (10 minutes, 10.25 seconds) iat the NCAA East Preliminaries. The Morgantown native will try to advance to the finals held on at 8:35 p.m. Friday.

Lasnicki is scheduled to participate in the finals of the 10,000 meters at 10:15 p.m. Thursday. She finished ninth in the same event in last year’s NCAA finals. Nesbit will compete in the triple jump finals at 6:25 p.m. Friday. Nesbit recorded the best mark in school history (13.19) in the event at the NCAA East Preliminaries.

ESPNU and will provide live coverage throughout the week.

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HERD BASEBALL: The Marshall baseball team is sending 15 players to participate in Summer League baseball around the country, and two will be playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League.

Catcher Matt Reed and pitcher Matt Margaritonda will play in the Cape Cod League — Reed with the Bourne Braves and Margaritonda with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. During the 2014 season, Margaritonda was awarded Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for his complete game, 12-strikeout performance against East Carolina.

Freshman Corey Bird will spend the summer playing with the former USSSA national champions, the Ohio Warhawks.

The Herd will send left-handed pitchers Roscoe Blackburn, Sam Hunter and Alex Thackston to the Great Lakes League, along with utilityman Spencer Iacovone. First baseman T.J. Diffenderfer and pitchers Lance Elder, Kolin Stanley and Chase Boster will play in the Prospect League; Aaron Bossi the Walter Johnson League; Robert Fajardo to the Perfect Game League; Brenden Wells to the Tri-State Collegiate League and Caleb Ross to the Coastal Plains League.

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