The Shippensburg University men’s track and field team performed well in its first competition in over eight weeks, splitting itssquad for competitions at both Penn State University and BucknellUniversity.
The team had several qualifying finishes for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), with 11 athletes reaching the mark on the first day. Redshirt-junior Charles Bowman highlighted the first night of action from Penn State, breaking Austin Shupp’s school record in the 60-meter hurdles in his semifinal run.Bowman finished his first run in 8.10 seconds, only to surpass that time with a record 8.06 finish in the semifinal.
Bowman was joined by senior Ori Rinaman as the two NCAA-qualifying finishers for the Raiders. Rinaman had a top mark of 8.21 seconds in his first-round attempt. In the 5K, graduate student Albert Schrimp led SU with a first-place finish in the event. The first day was rounded out with a strong showing from junior Cam Strohe in the field.
Strohe earned a new personal best in the weight throw, reaching a top mark of 57 feet, 2 inches, on his final throw of the day — an improvement of more than two feet on his previous PR from last season.
In the second and final day of action from Penn State and Bucknell, the Raiders added 16 more PSAC-qualifying times for a total of 27 for the weekend. Sophomore AustinPadmoreplaced fifth in his first competition of the seasonin the 800 meters, with atime of 1:54.89.
Redshirt-freshman Shamar Jenkins made it all the way to the finals in the long jump, placing ninth overall with a top distance of 22 feet, 9 3/4 inches. The 60-meter dash was arguably the best event of the weekend for the Raiders, as junior Dreux Stamford took second in 6.94 seconds and freshman Roland Miles placed fifth in 7.05 seconds. Senior Calvin Dennis also had a PSAC-qualifying finish of 7.13 seconds to round out an impressive showing from SU.
It was a day of season debuts for some of the veterans on the squad. Senior David Brantley finished fifth in his first heptathlon of the season, totaling 4,377 points. Fellow senior Dominic Stroh competed in his first mile of the campaign, taking fifth in 4:24.79 for yet another conference qualifier. In the field, Strohe finished his weekend with another strong day in the weight, taking eighth overall from Bucknell.
The Raiders return home after the weekend of competition but will be back in action on Saturday at the Susquehanna University Invitational.