By Pandora’s Box Staff
York College men’s basketball freshman guard Donald Hartley Jr. was named CUNYAC Rookie of the Week by league officials for the second time this season for games played December 9-15.
Hartley, Jr., a native of Harlem, averaged 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals on 44.4 percent shooting from the field (12-of-27), 36.8 percent from 3-point range (7-of-19) and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line (10-of-16) in three games. He led York to a 77-70 victory against SUNY Old Westbury on Dec. 10 with 19 points (5-of-5 FT) on a career-high 4-of-6 from 3-point range and nabbed three steals.
Against SUNY Potsdam on Dec. 13, Hartley, Jr. registered six points, four rebounds and three steals before closing out the week with 16 points (5-of-12 FG) and three assists versus Gwynedd Mercy University (Dec. 14) in the York Invitational consolation game.
Hartley, Jr. and the Cardinals will be returning to court on Jan. 4 to start the 2020 calendar year with their CUNYAC opener against the Hunter College Hawks at 2 p.m. on York Basketball Alumni Appreciation Day inside York College Gymnasium.
Also, York’s women’s indoor track & field junior Kalice Hitchman was named the CUNYAC Field Athlete of the Week while sophomore Taylor Bellmon took home Rookie of the Week honors for competition from December 2-8.
Hitchman, a resident of Queens, garnered her second-career CUNYAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Week distinction after producing noticeable results Sunday at the 10th annual Bill Ward Meet. She placed sixth behind Division I programs after leaping a CUNYAC-leading 4.54 meters in the long jump to finish .39 meters ahead of all other Division III competitors. Hitchman then reached a CUNYAC standard in the shot put with a launch of 10.06 meters to place sixth, a distance of 1.39 meters ahead of any Division III competitor.
On another note, York’s men’s indoor track & field junior Terrel Trumpet was name the CUNYAC Track Athlete of the Week for competition from December 2-8.
Trumpet opened the 2019-20 season Sunday at the 10th annual Bill Ward Meet. He won the 400-meter dash by .12 to clock a first-place time of 52.56 as York placed three runners in the top-5. Trumpet then ran the fourth leg of the 4×400-meter relay to pace York to a winning margin of 7.46 to finish the race in 3:37.14. He currently holds the CUNYAC’s top time in the 400-meter dash and 4×400-meter relay events.
The Cardinals return to action on Jan. 3, when they compete at the Wagner College Invite starting at 1 p.m. from Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.