Track and field travels to Boston and Bucknell

The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s track-and-field teams split up to go to two different meets in Boston and at Bucknell University this past weekend.

Thirty-three athletes traveled to the Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, including 16 women and 17 men.

Senior Sarah Hunt made headlines once again as she broke another school record, this time in the triple jump. Hunt posted a 12.12-meter jump, narrowly beating Tunisia Lacy’s record of 12.11 meters. The mark was good enough to put her in seventh place in the event.

Hunt now holds the school records in both indoor jump events, setting the record in the long jump last weekend at Susquehanna University. Hunt finished fourth in the long jump at Boston.

After a performance in the 60-meter hurdles that placed her seventh, junior Danielle Sciremammano moved to the long jump pit and posted a 5.31-meter jump, narrowly passing sophomore teammate Abby Wagner.

Wagner had an impressive performance in the triple jump alongside Hunt, posting an NCAA-provisional qualifier of 11.73 meters, which was also a personal best.

Junior Jill Bertino also PR’d in the 200-meter dash, running less than 26 seconds for the first time in her career with a time of 25.90 seconds.

The men broke multiple personal records as well, with four athletes finishing in the Top 6 for their events.

Junior Tra-C Davis stood out with his first-place finish in the high jump with a 2.08-meter jump. Davis remains one of only 10 men to clear 2.10 meters this season.

Sophomore Chris Craig PR’d in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.59 seconds.

Sophomore Dreux Stamford finished in sixth in the 60-meter dash, clocking in at 6.95 seconds.

Sophomore Ori Rinaman PR’d in the 60-meter hurdles, just missing the NCAA-provisional mark by .02 seconds. Rinaman finished in eighth with a time of 8.29 seconds.

Juniors Bryan Pearson and Alec Rideout once again had a great weekend on the field. Pearson finished in seventh in the shot put with a 16.15-meter throw while Rideout finished fourth with a 16.78-meter throw. Both of the throws were NCAA-provisional qualifiers.

Pearson and Rideout also competed in the weight throw, with Pearson earning a NCAA-provisional qualifier with a throw of 16.40 meters.

Nineteen women and 16 men traveled to Bucknell University, with multiple athletes earning top-6 finishes.

The women posted multiple strong performances in the field, with four Raiders finishing in the top 8 in the shot put and two in the top 4 in the weight throw.

Senior Tamara Ovejera finished first in the shot put and in fourth in the weight throw. Ovejera PR’d in the shot put with a mark of 14.20 meters. It was also an NCAA-provisional qualifying throw.

Junior Ava Bonetti, sophomore Paige Shirk and senior Erin Doherty also finished in the Top 8 for shot put. Bonetti finished third with a 13.24-meter throw, which was just short of her personal best.

Shirk had a 12.24-meter throw in the shot put to come in seventh but excelled in the weight throw with a first place mark of 16.08 meters.

Doherty came in eighth in the shot put and had Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying marks in both throws.

Sophomore Olivia Lee finished third in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump. Junior Alyssa Stitch placed third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump.

The Raiders also performed well in the distance races and the pole vault. Sophomore Jackie Kinkead finished second in the 3K and junior Bryanna Dissinger finished seventh in the same event. Senior Emily Wicker finished with a tie for second in the pole vault event.

For the men, the distance runs were also a big part of the Raiders’ success on the day.

Sophomore Dominic Stroh won the mile and finished fourth in the 3K. Senior Harrison Schettler won the 3K with a time of 8:36.34.

In the field, freshman Cam Strohe impressed, finishing fourth in the weight throw

The Raiders will finish their regular season next weekend at Kutztown University before the PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at Edinboro University in two weeks.

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