SU cross country: Hunt was top runner in Saturday meet

Hayden Hunt claimed the individual title in Dickinson College’s Short Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Newville.

The Shippensburg University men’s cross country team finished consecutively in first through sixth place to claim the team title in action at Big Spring High School.

Shippensburg used Saturday’s meet to focus on speed work, opting to compete in the 4K race instead of the morning “Long Invitational” 8K. While the meet only counted each team’s Top 3 finishers to conduct team scores, the Raiders posted the lowest possible score thanks to its Top 6 runners.

The individual champion was Hayden Hunt (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area), who crossed the finish line in 12:31. Junior Chayce Macknair (Lewistown, Pa./Mifflin County), making his season debut, finished second in 12:35.

How it happened

Junior Alexander Ermold (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and sophomore Aiden Gonder (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Red Land) were each just one second behind. Ermold’s third-place finish was 12:36, and Gonder’s fourth-place finish was 12:37.

Junior Drew Dailey (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney)’s fifth-place finish was clocked at 12:41, while sophomore Ian Sherlock (Hopewell, Pa./Northern Bedford County) was just five seconds behind in running in sixth place. Junior Kevin Wagner (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) also broke the 13-minute mark for 4K, placing 11th in 12:56.

Freshman Jacob Mavretic (Millersburg, Pa./Millersburg) posted a solid 15th-place finish, clocking in at 13:30. Senior Nate Kaplon (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) was 22nd in 13:30.

The entirety of the SU field finished among the Top 30, with freshman Jake Lawson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) 29th in 13:40 and junior Nathan Harding (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) just two seconds behind.

The Raiders trained this weekend with the focus to get ready for next week’s Paul Short Invitational, hosted Friday by Lehigh in Bethlehem. The meet is an annual signature on the calendar in which the team can gauge its status just a few weeks shy of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships.

1. Shippensburg (1st, 6 points)

1. Hayden Hunt 12:31
2. Chayce Macknair 12:35
3. Alexander Ermold 12:36
4. Aiden Gonder 12:37
5. Drew Dailey 12:41
6. Ian Sherlock 12:46
11. Kevin Wagner 12:56
15. Jacob Mavretic 13:13
22. Nate Kaplon 13:30
29. Jake Lawson 13:40
30. Nathan Harding 13:42