SU mourns loss of track champion


A Shippensburg University student died last week due to undisclosed circumstances.

Tamara Ovejera, born in 1994, of Frederick, Maryland, was a psychology student and a thrower on the indoor/outdoor track and field teams.

Ovejera was the 2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference indoor champion in shot put, winning on a school record-breaking throw of 48 feet and 0.5 inches. Ovejera competed in track and field at SU for three seasons beginning in the 2014–15 school year. 

She would have begun her last semester of eligibility in March.

Last March, Ovejera placed 12th with All-America Second Team honors in the shot-put.

On Friday, SU’s administration sent an email to all students announcing Ovejera’s death, as well as the availibility of counselors at the counseling center.

A room was also made available on the first floor of the Ceddia Union Building, where students could gather to grieve and share their memories of Ovejera.

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