Athletes participating in the Raiders sports programs received recognition and awards from both regional, state and national organizations this year. Here is a roundup of student athletic awards for the month of December.
Stephon Brown. Men’s indoor track
Shippensburg University’s Stephon Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) is Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) inaugural Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.
At the Bison Opener, Brown broke a nine-year-old school record in the 60-meter dash to highlight a noteworthy return for the Shippensburg University indoor track & field team.
Brown ran a prelim time of 6.86 seconds that itself satisfied the NCAA provisional qualifying standard; but he then came back and ran 6.75 seconds to establish his new personal best. That also surpassed Herman Kirkland’s record of 6.79 seconds set in 2012.
The performance ranks him tied for second place on the national leaderboard for NCAA Division II.
Brown also placed second in the 200 meters, running 22.15 seconds.
It is Brown’s first PSAC Athlete of the Week honor either indoors or outdoors. The last Raider He is the first Raider to be named the PSAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week since Charles Bowman Jr. on Feb. 18, 2020.
K.K. McDonald, Women’s Soccer second team
Shippensburg University senior K.K. O’Donnell (Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford) is on the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Women’s Atlantic Region Second Team.
O’Donnell makes it back-to-back seasons in which Shippensburg has had an All-Region player; Izzy Weigel earned All-Atlantic Region Third Team honors in 2019. O’Donnell is the first Raider to be named to the All-Region Second Team since Kylee Bricker in 2013.
An All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division First Team performer, O’Donnell led the team with six goals and 15 points and also contributed three assists. On Senior Day, a 3-1 victory over No. 20-ranked West Chester, O’Donnell scored twice – including the game-winning goal. She had at least one point in seven games.
Jazmin Petrantonio, Division II hockey finalist
Shippensburg University senior Jazmin Petrantonio (Saenz Pena, Argentina/Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia) is the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year finalist for Field Hockey. Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda, announced Petrantonio
Petrantonio is one of 11 finalists for the prestigious Division II Honda Athlete of the Year. This will be voted on at the end of the 2021-22 academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 46th year.
“Never in a million years did I think I was going to find myself in this position,” Petrantonio said. “It is the result of an endless amount of support from everyone I have met along the way at Shippensburg; and even from those that I haven’t met but helped me to get where I am today. No words will do enough justice to everything that Shippensburg Athletics have given me since I stepped on campus in 2017; and for that I will always be indebted with the sport, the SUFH program, my teammates, coaches and administrators.”
Leading her team to nationals
Petrantonio, a native of Saenz Pena, Argentina, helped lead Shippensburg to victory in the 2021 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship. It is SU’s sixth national championship in school history and its fourth in the last five seasons.
“On behalf of the team, we want to congratulate Jazmin on this prestigious honor of being named a Division II Honda Athlete of the Year Finalist,” head coach Tara Zollinger said. “Jazmin is an elite student-athlete and an impactful leader in our campus community. I am very proud of all her accomplishments academically, athletically, and professionally within our university. Jazmin has become a trailblazer in Division II field hockey; and we are very happy for her as she receives this honor.”
The 2021 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships Most Outstanding Player, Petrantonio concludes her career having scored 10 goals in eight career NCAA Tournament games – more than any other player in the history of the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships.
Petrantonio finished her career with a school-record 106 career goals, the third-most in NCAA Division II history. A three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American, Petrantonio was the 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Athlete of the Year who led the nation with1.85 goals per game and 4.20 points per game (37 goals, 84 points).
Previous Honda Award winners from the PSAC include Danielle Penner (1997-98, softball, Cal U.); Kristin Erb (2005-06 and 2008-09, softball, Lock Haven), and Rachel Dickinson (201415, field hockey, Millersville).
All Honda Sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalists for the prestigious 2022 Honda Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 27, 2022, in downtown Los Angeles. The Honda Award finalists are recognized in 11 DII and DIII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
The CWSA, entering its 46th year, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for their superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its partnership in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.4 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs.