Men’s and Women’s track enjoy successful invitational

The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s track and field squad enjoyed a successful weekend as they finished up the VMI/W&L Track and Field Carnival from Foster Stadium.

The men’s team finished with victories in two individual and two relay events, achieving 25 additional PSAC qualifiers to bring its two-day total to 44.

Tyrek Nelson won the 400-meter hurdles with a strong season-opening time of 53.87 seconds. He was one of five Raiders to post a PSAC qualifier in the event: Eric Bologa was the only other competitor to break 55 seconds and finished second. Nelson and Terrence Topping-Brown finished the day with PSAC qualifiers in both hurdle events.

Herman Kirkland won the 100-meter dash in 11.09 seconds and also anchored the 4×100-meter relay that was victorious in 42.53 seconds.

Robert Bales was the Raider pacesetter in two events, posting PSAC qualifiers in the 200-meter and the 400-meter.Treese also picked up his conference qualifier in the 400 along with Andrew Kujawski and Eric Wolfe.

In the field, Tyler Kerstetter and Chris Nelson picked up PSAC qualifiers in both the shot and the hammer. Kerstetter’s best shot put flew 45 feet, 3 3/4 inches. Travis Nye was the SU pacesetter in the hammer with a throw of 162 feet, 6 inches.

Austin Strine and Leland Tate completed the grueling decathlon on Saturday, with Strine posting a total score of 5,888 points and Tate accruing 4,993 points. Strine set a new outdoor personal record by 440 points, surpassing his previous best total set at last year’s conference championships.

Meanwhile on the women’s side, Amanda Raudabaugh and Lindsay Bingaman each posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 800 meters.

Both ladies broke the previous meet record with their impressive times. Raudabaugh crossed the finish line in 2:11.74 while Bingaman was just behind in 2:12.21. It was the first time in her collegiate career that Bingaman had run in the open 800 meters during the outdoor season.

Caitlin Stuetz continues to excel in the hurdle events, winning both the 100 and 400-meter events on Sunday. Stuetz finished the high hurdles in 14.88 seconds and the intermediate hurdles in 1:02.50, setting a meet record with the latter performance. Three other Raiders picked up PSAC qualifiers in the 100-meter hurdles while Rachel Haupt did so in the 400-meter hurdles.

Danesha Butler was the SU pacesetter in the 200 meters with a time of 26.21 seconds. Butler was one of five conference qualifiers in the event, with freshman Yaneshia Gaston just behind in 26.22 seconds. Courtney Martin crossed the line in 26.41 seconds and was the only Raider to hit a PSAC mark in the 100-meter dash after posting a time of 12.90 seconds in that event.

Martin anchored the 4×100-meter relay squad that featured Monique Clemons, Lauren Redington and Butler and broke the previous meet record with a first-place time of 47.93 seconds. Redington also attained her conference qualifier in the triple jump.

Bri Fells won the 400-meter dash with an impressive season-opening time of 58.05 seconds. She also qualified in the 200 meters.

In the field, junior Erin Flick won the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

Sara Wagner set a new personal record in the heptathlon by six points, totaling 3,843 this weekend. She achieved a new personal best javelin throw of 86 feet, 4 inches. Katie Slonaker completed her first collegiate heptathlon in two years with a personal record of 3306 points.

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