The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s track-and-field teams competed this Saturday, grabbing a couple more qualifying times for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship meet. The squad was split competing at Susquehanna University and Pennsylvania State University facilities.
There were several stand out performances including redshirt-senior Abby Wagner earning her NCAA-provisional mark in the triple jump with a 40 foot, 10 1/2-inch mark. The distance was a new school record as well as a personal best in the event for Wagner.
All three of Wagner’s jumps at PSU surpassed her original PR (39 feet, 2 1/2 inches) — 40 feet, 6 inches; 39 feet, 8 1/2 inches; 40 feet, 10 1/2 inches). Freshman Shamar Jenkins also performed well in the triple jump with a 47 foot, 10-inch jump for the men — another NCAA qualifier, good enough for first in the event from PSU.
Shippensburg’s long jump was strong this weekend as Jenkins also jumped 22 feet, 3 inches, placing fourth with another PSAC qualifier and freshman EJ Dorwil was close behind with a sixth-place finish on a jump of 21 feet, 8 inches.
At Susquehanna, freshman Nate Reed finished the long jump with a mark of 6.78 meters for second place. In the women’s long jump, junior Zarria Williams jumped 5.82 meters, placing second at PSU.
Freshman Jordan Winslow did well in the high jump clearing a height of 6 feet, 5 1/2 inches, for a new collegiate best.
The SU men’s squad at Penn State had two teams in the 4x400 meter relay — both astoundingly running the same time of 3:22.58. Team A included freshmen Josh Booth and Aaron Arp, senior Johnathan Stiles and sophomore Austin Padmore. Team B finished in the same time with freshmen Matthew Lenahan, seniors Ori Rinaman and Calvin Dennis and sophomore Austin Howell.
Shippensburg was strong this weekend in the 60-meter hurdles with highlights from senior Tatiana Purnell who continues to shine every week. Purnell ran 9.11 seconds for a sixth-place finish.
For the men, junior Charles Bowman followed up his school-record performance last time out with a second-place finish in 8.15 seconds. He was immediately followed by Rinaman in third with a time of 8.21 seconds. Both grabbed NCAA-provisional marks.
The Raiders’ 60-meter runners remained strong with performances from freshman Ali Wyland running a 7.82, Dorwil running a 6.89, senior Dreux Stamford running a 6.93 and freshman Roland Miles with a time of 6.98.
Sophomore Isabella Marchini took first in the women’s 3,000-meter race at Susquehanna, smashing the qualifying time by more than 13 seconds with a time of 10:37.97. Freshman Josh Jackson grabbed his qualifier in the 3,000-meter race, running in 9:09.01 for a fifth-place finish.
There were many PSAC-qualifying times in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Rachel Bruno ran 1:00:06 and sophomore Dior Alston ran 1:00:24.
Bruno also did well in the 200-meters with a 25.76 second split and another qualifying time. Freshman Matthew Lenahan finished in 50.85 and Howell ran in 51.80 seconds.
At Susquehanna, the women did well in the shot-put circle. Sophomore Ashley Kerr took first place with a 40 foot, 11-inch throw followed by freshman Kate Matrisciano taking second with a 38 foot, 9 1/2-inch throw. Kerr also took second in the weight throw with a final distance of 50 feet, 10 1/4 inches. Freshman Madisen Kling took 4th with a 48 foot, 3 1/4-inch throw.
This weekend the teams will be split again at Bucknell University and at the Virginia Military Institute as they continue to compete and prepare for the PSAC meet at Edinboro University on Feb. 23.