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Raiders Make Mark at River Hawk Showdown with New PSAC Qualifiers

The Shippensburg University women’s indoor track & field team showcased their skills at the River Hawk Friday Night Showdown, held at Susquehanna University, securing a fifth-place finish with a limited squad. The event was a pivotal moment for athletes aiming to qualify for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships, with two Raiders successfully meeting the qualification standards.

Faith Wilson emerged as a standout, qualifying for the 800 meters with a time of 2:25.51, securing fourth place. Elliot Oliphant also made her mark by clearing 5 feet, 1 inch in the high jump, earning a third-place finish and a spot in the league’s high jump competition alongside teammates Allyson Richwine, Norah Vallon, and Ashley Laukus.

Melanie Barger impressed with season-best performances in the 400 meters (1:02.12) and the 60-meter hurdles (9.51 seconds), finishing second and third, respectively. Makayla Decker’s performance in the shot put was notable as well, with a throw of 38 feet, 7 ¾ inches, just shy of her season’s best.

As the Raiders prepare for the 2024 PSAC Indoor Championships starting Sunday, Feb. 18, at Lehigh University, they carry the momentum of their recent achievements and the promise of competitive excellence.

Event Highlights:

  • 800 Meters: Faith Wilson qualifies with a fourth-place finish.
  • High Jump: Elliot Oliphant secures her spot in the PSAC competition.
  • 400 Meters and 60 Hurdles: Melanie Barger sets season-best times.
  • Shot Put: Makayla Decker places third with a near-season-best throw.

With the PSAC Indoor Championships on the horizon, the Shippensburg University women’s track & field team looks forward to competing at the highest level, buoyed by their recent successes and new qualifiers.

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