Shippensburg’s men’s cross country team traveled to Newville on Saturday to compete in the Dickinson College’s Short Invitational and claimed the team title at Big Spring High School.
SU had runners finish consecutively 1-6 to take home the title in the 4K race. The team opted to run in the 4K instead of the 8K to focus on speed work.
Even though the meet only counted each team’s top three finishers towards team scores, the Raiders posted the lowest possible score thanks to their top six runners.
The individual champion was sophomore Hayden Hunt who crossed the finish line at 12:31. Junior Chayce Macknair clocked in four seconds behind him finishing second.
Junior Alexander Ermold and sophomore Aiden Gonder each finished just one second behind, and junior Drew Dailey’s fifth place finish was clocked at 12:41.
Sophomore Ian Sherlock finished in sixth place at a time of 12:46. Junior Kevin Wagner came in 11th but also broke the 13-minute mark at 12:56.
Freshman Jacob Mavretic ran a time of 13:13 for a 15th place finish and senior Nate Kaplon finished 22nd clocking in at 13:30.
Every SU runner in the field finished among the top 30 with freshman Jake Lawson finishing 29th with a 13:40 time and junior Nathan Harding two seconds behind him.
The Raiders will now shift their focus to next week’s Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh in Bethlehem on Friday. The team will be looking to see where they stand just a few weeks before the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships.