Shippensburg University´s indoor track-and-field team competed with three athletes at the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships, where Leah Graybill earned All-America First Team honors in the 200-meter dash.
The championships were contested at the Virginia Beach Sports Center in Virginia Beach, Va., on Friday and Saturday with preliminary heats on the track and some field finals held on Friday and track finals held on Saturday.
Graybill qualified for the 200 finals by winning her heat on Friday, the first of four, in a time of 24.00 seconds, but had to wait until the last heat to know if she made the finals because the eight fastest times qualified for finals. Graybill qualified as the No.6 seed, as 24.08 seconds were needed to make the finals.
In finals on Saturday, Graybill ran in the first of the two final heats and placed third in her heat in 23.90 seconds, a non-converted personal best, as her school record is 24.17 seconds on a flat track, which converts to a 23.80 on a banked track. Graybill´s time beat one of the four runners in the second heat, placing her sixth and earning her All-American First Team honors.
On Friday, Sara McKean competed in the long jump, which marked her NCAA Indoor Championship debut. McKean finished in 18th place with a top mark of 17 feet, 3 ½ inches (5.27 meters). McKean qualified with her personal best of 19 feet, 7 ½ inches (5.98 meters), recorded at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships where she became the champion.
Also on Friday, Drew Dailey competed in the 800 meters for the first time at NCAA Indoor Championships, after qualifying with a time of 1:49.49 at Boston´s Valentine Invitational. Going in the meet as No.9 seed, Dailey placed eighth in his heat with a time of 1:56.53. Overall, Dailey finished in 14th place.
The NCAA Indoor Championships mark the end of the 2022-2023 indoor season for the Raiders´ track-and-field teams. They will be back in action for outdoor track and field on March 24.