Outdoor Track impresses at Maryland Invitational
The Shippensburg University Men’s Track & Field team set several league-best marks when it competed at the Maryland Invitational at the University of Maryland on Saturday.
Senior Grant Smith made his season debut after redshirting during the winter campaign, and threw for a mark that is currently top 3 in the NCAA in shotput. In addition, Smith was able to record a career-best hammer throw, launching it for a total of 173 feet, 6 inches, which puts him at the No. 2 spot in the PSAC rankings at this point in the season.
Junior Ryan Hart also jolted to the top of the league standings, recording a discus throw of 161 feet, 10 inches, with senior Charlito Iwuagwu not far behind at 160 feet, 5 inches.
On the track, the Red Raiders were also very competitive. The 4x4 relay team gave the host Maryland Terrapin team a run for its money but ultimately fell short of capping the race with a win. The Terrapins had a time of 3.22.03, while the Red Raiders finished with a time of 3.22.72.
Freshman Austin Shupp turned in his season-best time in the 110-meter hurdles, completing the race in 15.19 seconds.
SU’s Women’s Track & Field team had achievements on both sides track competing at the Maryland Invitational.
Freshman Alexandria Hamill ran an 18:29.68 in the 5K, qualifying her for PSAC competition. Senior Bri Fells was able to improve upon her PSAC-leading 400-meter time, reducing it to 57.84 seconds. Fells also ran a blazing 26.54 seconds in the 200 meters.
Senior Liz Ross led the way for the throwers, completing a PSAC-leading throw of 43 feet, 6 inches in the shot put. She was also able to compile a new personal record in the hammer throw, launching it a total of 152 feet, 9 inches. This personal record beats her previous best mark by more than 30 feet, and currently has her third in the PSAC rankings.
Overall, the SU Men and Women’s Track & Field squad will split up next week, with some competing at the Colonial Relays at William & Mary while others will represent the Red Raiders at the Millersville Metrics meet.