Five Red Raiders with Shippensburg University‘s indoor track and field teams were declared All-Americans by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
All-America honors are normally based on classifications of performance at the NCAA Championships. These aren’t normal times, however. The 2020 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships were cancelled, thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, the USTFCCCA Executive Committee set up All-America classifications this year for “each individual competitor listed on the startlist for an event” and for each of the “four student-athletes per anticipated relay who produced the performance that was declared and accepted into their event.”
Redshirt-sophomore Aaron Arp Jr. (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) earned three All-America classifications – one each in the 400-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and for the 4×400-meter relay. Redshirt-senior Charles Bowman (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East (Virginia)) earned two – one in the 60-meter hurdles and one for the 4×400-meter relay.
Freshmen Stephon Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and Drew Dailey (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) each received awards for their role in a qualifying 4×400-meter relay, while senior Zarria Williams (Mount Laurel, N.J./Camden Catholic (Ohio Christian)) earned All-America honors for the women’s long jump.
There is no designation between First Team and Second Team All-America for the 2020 indoor season.
Arp becomes a five-time NCAA All-American; his three honors in 2020 accompany a pair of First Team honors achieved in the 2019 outdoor season.
Bowman is now a six-time NCAA All-American. He holds three indoor All-America classifications and three outdoor All-America classifications.
Williams is now a three-time All-American with the Raiders. Brown and Dailey achieved their first career All-America classifications.