Track and field competes at Penn State, Bucknell
The men’s and women’s Shippensburg University indoor track-andfield teams competed this weekend at both the Bison Open and Multi at Bucknell University and at the National Invitational at Penn State University.
There were 19 men and 28 women who competed at Bucknell and 11 men and five women who competed at Penn State. The Raiders had many impressive performances from both the men and the women.
At Bucknell, junior Jill Bertino finished fifth in the 60-meter dash with a personal best time of 7.95 seconds to qualify for the final. Bertino also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.39 seconds.
Junior Kiana Tucker placed fourth in the 400-meter dash, followed closely by freshman Cirsten Kelly and junior Teri Stoner, who ran a collegiate personal-best 1:01.56.
Sophomore Paige Shirk finished second in the weight throw with a mark of 53 feet and 7.5 inches, which was only one inch short of her collegiate best. Junior Ava Bonetti and senior Erin Doherty also had PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference)-qualifying throws.
Sophomore Calvin Dennis finished fifth in the 200-meter final with a season-best 22.61 seconds. Senior Harrison Schettler placed third in the mile with an indoor personal-best 4:23.56. Junior Bryan Pearson put on an impressive performance, finishing first in the weight throw with a personal-best throw of 56 feet and 7.25 inches.
Sophomore David Brantley impressed as well, finishing seventh in the heptathlon.
Only a small group of Raiders traveled to Penn State, but they represented the team well. For the men, junior Tra-C Davis finished third in the high jump, continuing to be the only jumper in the PSAC to jump higher than 6 feet and 6 inches. Fellow junior Alec Rideout also had an impressive showing, throwing the shot put 53 feet and 11.75 inches, a mark that is better than any other competitor in the PSAC this season.
For the women, senior Casey Norton ran a collegiate personal best 4:59.71 to finish fourth in the mile for the Raiders. Senior Sarah Hunt completed a personal best 39 feet and 8 inch jump in the triple jump to come just three-quarters of an inch short of Tunisia Lacy’s school record. Senior Tamara Ovejera finished eighth in the shot put.
The track-and-field teams will return to competition this Friday at the Susquehanna University Open.