Men’s Outdoor Track & Field got the season started Friday night

The Shippensburg University men’s outdoor track & field team with limited competition at the Dr. Jack M. Toms Alumni Invitational hosted by Lynchburg.  

The two events held on the track were the 10,000 meters and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In the 10K, Hayden Hunt (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) won the event with a time of 31:42.56, while Nathan Harding (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) finished fourth in 32:14.97. Both times easily met the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) automatic qualifying standard.  

For Harding, the performance marked a new PR of 35 seconds – he ran 32:50.38 at last year’s PSAC Championships.  

Cole Harris (York, Pa./Central York) picked up a conference qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing fifth in 10:15.93. It was Harris’s seventh collegiate steeplechase and marked a new personal-best time of 15 seconds.  

The javelin was the lone field event of the day, and two Raiders placed in the Top 5 with PSAC cuts. Austin Long (Newville, Pa./Big Spring), in his collegiate debut, placed third on a top throw of 186 feet, 6 inches that came on his first attempt. Nate Crowl (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia) was one spot behind in fourth; his best mark was 177 feet, 4 inches. 

Competition resumes Saturday morning. 

3K Steeple 

5. Cole Harris 10:15.93 (PSAC) 

10K 

1. Hayden Hunt 31:42.56 (PSAC) 

4. Nathan Harding 32:14.97 (PSAC) 

Javelin 

3. Austin Long 186’ 6” (56.84m) (PSAC) 

4. Nate Crowl 177’ 4” (54.07m) (PSAC) 

Mike Folcarelli NM 

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