The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s track-and-field team competed at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Winter Classic this weekend at the Corps Physical Training Facility.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team made up of sophomores Stephon Brown, Drew Dailey, Erick Kirk and freshman James Jaisingh ran for a season-best time of 3:18.54.
The new 4x400 time places the quartet at the top of the league leaderboard.
Dailey also won the 800 meter with a time of 1:51.92, just one second off the school record that he set two weeks ago.
Brown finished second in the 60-meter finals with a 6.86 time, good enough for an NCAA provisional qualifier.
Kirk finished right behind Brown in third place, with a time of 6.95 seconds. He also placed sixth in the 200 meters with a 21.98-second time.
In the field, junior Jordan Winslow and sophomore Kenny Rhyne both cleared 6 feet, 6 ¾ inches in the high jump to tie for second in the event. Rhyne set a new season best with the mark while Winslow equaled his.
Freshman Mo Whittle competed in the long jump, narrowly missing his season best with a mark of 22 feet 9 ¼ inches. Freshman Logan Parker took home fourth place in shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 9 ½ inches and fellow freshman Robert Lissner placed fifth in the pole vault with a top clearance of 14 feet 9 inches.
On the women’s end, the quartet of sophomores Leah Graybill and Lieke Black and freshmen Kayla Dalhouse and Caroline Mastria posted a 4x400-meter relay time of 3:59.10. The time marks a five-second improvement to the relay’s season best and places them second on the league leaderboard.
Junior Kyra Gerber delivered two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) automatic qualifying performances. Geber placed sixth in the 800 meter with a time of 2:22.33 and ran the mile in 5:18.02.
Graybill ran the 60-meter dash in 7.75 seconds to finish third and graduate Kate Matrisciano had a top throw of 40 feet, 6 ¾ inches in shot put to place sixth.
SU will have one more meet next weekend at the Bucknell Tune-Up before taking part in the 2022 PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in two weeks at Edinboro University.