Raider Hayden Hunt is PSAC’s 2021 Men’s Cross Country Rookie of the Year. He earned All-Region and All-PSAC First Team honors in 2021
The 2021 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) named Shippensburg University’s Hunt (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) the Men’s Cross Country Rookie of the Year on Thursday afternoon.
Hunt was a two-time PSAC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week who served as the team’s No. 1 scoring runner in all four of the team’s races leading up to the conference championships. His performances included a race win at the Dickinson Short Invitational (4K) and Top 5 finishes at Kutztown and on the home course in the season opener.
The league’s head coaches conduct the voting.
Hunt is a 2021 NCAA Division II National Championships qualifier who earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Atlantic Region honors and All-PSAC First Team honors. He placed 10th at the regional championships in a 10K race and fifth at the conference championships in an 8K race.
For the 2021 awards season, the league issued a Rookie of the Year instead of a “Freshman of the Year” to account for individuals such as Hunt who debuted during the pandemic-affected 2020 season (held in February-March 2021). Hunt placed 12th at the 2020 PSAC Championships held in March of this year and served as the team’s No. 3 runner in all three of the team’s races.
Hunt is the fourth Raider to be named the PSAC Men’s Cross Country Rookie/Freshman of the Year. He joins Nate Kaplon (2018), Dom Stroh (2015) and Stephen Schelander (2008). The award was first issued in 2004. Hunt and Schelander are Shippensburg, Pa. natives.