Shippensburg University athletes were honored in June after a spring 2019 semester that produced multiple standout performances.
Jack Goertzen (baseball) and Abby Wagner (track & field) were named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) 2019 Spring Top 10 award recipients. The award is voted on by the PSAC’s athletic directors to honor five male and five female athletes from the conference who excel both in the classroom and in athletic competition.
Goertzen totaled single-season career highs of 13 home runs, 32 RBIs and 37 runs scored as a senior in 2019. He was named to the 2019 All-PSAC Eastern Division Second team.
Wagner achieved All-American Second Team honors with an 11th place finish in the triple jump at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She was also named SU Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Goertzen and Valerie Hertz (lacrosse) were named Google Cloud Division II Academic All-Americans in 2019, too. Athletes are recognized for their academic and athletic success at four levels: NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
The former Raider catcher became the first Shippensburg baseball player in 24 years to be named First-Team Academic All-American, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America.
Hertz, a four-year lacrosse standout, was named to the Academic All-American At-Large Third Team, marking the first time a Raider lacrosse player achieved Academic All-American status in 15 years. The three-time All-PSAC First Team honoree totaled a program record 154 caused turnovers in her career.
SU track & field athlete Chris Craig was named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District Division II Track & Field/Cross Country team. Craig earned second-place finishes in both the 100 and 200-meter dash events at the PSAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Fellow track & field competitor Charles Bowman was named the PSAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year for his 2019 performance. The redshirt-junior finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in both the 110 and 400-meter hurdles, only to follow up with a seventh-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay later that day.