The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s indoor track-and-field teams had a strong showing on Friday and Saturday at the Bison Opener at Bucknell University.
SU had six athletes — three men and three women — reach NCAA provisional-qualifying marks on the indoor season’s first weekend.
On the women’s side, senior Kali Dawson won the pentathlon Friday evening with a provisional-qualifying score of 3,262 points. She was 38 points short of her career-best.
Her best performance came in the shot put, where she set a personal best of 29 feet, 6 3/4 inches. She also reached 17 feet, 5 1/2 inches in the long jump, which was nearly a personal best.
The Raiders had another impressive finisher in the event, as senior Erica Helm grabbed third with 3,019 points. Her performance was similar to that of Dawson, earning a new career-best in the shot put with a 34 feet, 8 1/4 inches throw.
Redshirt-senior Abby Wagner won the triple jump with a provisional-qualifying mark of 38 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Her impressive long jump mark of 18 feet, 3 1/4 inches was just short of the provisional qualifier as well.
SU’s final provisional-qualifying mark for the women’s squad came from junior Zarria Williams — a transfer junior making her Raider debut. She placed sixth in the long jump with a best jump of 18 feet, 8 1/2 inches.
The SU women totaled 10 performances that met the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying standard. Sophomore Ali Wyland grabbed two PSAC qualifiers in the 60-meter dash (7.78 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (26.31 seconds).
The men impressed in the sprints, hitting two provisional-qualifying marks in the 60-meter hurdles. Redshirt-junior Ori Rinaman posted a time of 8.16 seconds, while fellow redshirt-junior Charles Bowman followed close behind in 8.18 seconds.
SU’s other provisional qualifier came from freshman Edner Dorwil, who won the long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 4 3/4 inches in his collegiate debut. He also ran a time of 6.96 in the 60-meter dash.
Freshman Jordan Winslow performed well in his collegiate debut, claiming the win in the high jump. His best jump (6 feet, 5 inches) was good enough for the PSAC mark.
The SU men posted 18 performances that hit the PSAC qualifying standard.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete next on Jan. 19 at the Gulden Invitational, also at Bucknell University.