The Shippensburg University men’s outdoor track & field team won its 13th consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship on Saturday, extending its league record. Shippensburg won 10 of the 21 events and scored in 19, resulting in a team score of 200 points.
It is only the sixth time in PSAC history that a team has scored 200 or more points at an outdoor conference championship, all having been achieved by the Raiders (273 points in 2021, 205 points in 2017, 208.5 points in 2016, 244 points in 2015, meet-record 278 points in 2014).
SU swept the major awards
Aaron Arp Jr. (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) was named the PSAC Championships Outstanding Track Athlete after winning the PSAC title in the 400 meters with a NCAA provisional qualifier of 47.03 seconds (13th in D2) and running on the PSAC championship-winning 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays.
Pat Maloney (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) was named the PSAC Championships Outstanding Field Athlete after winning the discus on Friday with a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifier, placing sixth in the shot put on Saturday and placing seventh in the hammer throw on Thursday.
Stephon Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) was named the PSAC Championships Most Valuable Athlete after competing in four events and winning four PSAC championships. Individually, Brown won PSAC titles on Saturday in the 100 meters (10.52) and 200 meters (new personal best of 21.32). He also worked his magic on the PSAC championship-winning 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays.
Brown’s performance puts him in rare company in league history, as he can now claim conference championships in five different events having won the 400-meter title last season. In his two outdoor seasons as a Raider, Brown has competed in seven events and won seven conference championships – including the 4×100-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay both years.
Joining Brown as an All-PSAC performer in both the 100 meters and 200 meters and on both relays was Eric Kirk (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area), who placed third in each of the open events. Kirk ran the 100 in 10.85 seconds and the 200 in 21.81 seconds. It’s the second straight All-PSAC effort in the 100 meters and the second straight conference title in the 4×1 relay for Kirk.
An integral aspect of both conference championship relays on Saturday was Mason Boyd (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus), who ended up serving as a replacement leg on each relay. Boyd, who competed on Thursday and Friday in the 10-event decathlon and placed second with a PR score of 6,308 points, was called upon to be the second leg of the 4×1 and the third leg of the 4×4.
Despite minimal (if any) practice with the handoffs during the season, Boyd stepped up and delivered two fantastic legs – including a sub 50-second split on the 4×4 – to contribute to the Raider victories. Brown, Boyd, Arp and Kirk completed the 4×1 in 40.95 seconds, while Arp, Brown, Boyd and Kirk completed the 4×4 in 3:15.68 – giving the Raider successful title defenses in both events.
Arp’s 400-meter title was an impressive one, as he improved his season best to 47.03 seconds. The performance moves him into the Top 15 on the national performance list pending other results throughout the country and will have him in the mix for a national championships qualification.
Despite not being at 100 percent this weekend, Drew Dailey (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) battled with the league’s best to successfully defend his conference championships in both the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters. Dailey won the 800 in a photo finish, running 1:51.06 to defeat IUP’s Kendall Branan by .04 seconds. Earlier in the day, Dailey kicked to win the 1,500 meters in 3:53.79. He becomes the first Raider to win multiple conference titles in the 1,500 meters since John Somers won in 2003 and 2005.
Three other Raiders scored points on the track Saturday. Matt Lenahan (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and Robbie Hrabosky II (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) finished fourth and fifth in the 400-meter hurdles, posting respective times of 55.43 seconds and 56.46 seconds. Lenahan’s time is a new PR. Ian Sherlock (Hopewell, Pa./Northern Bedford County) snuck onto the awards stand for the 1,500 meters with an eighth-place time of 3:58.00.
Shamar Jenkins (Souderton, Pa./Souderton) also battled on Saturday and persevered to claim his first conference championship in the outdoor triple jump. Jenkins, who placed second to teammate Shaquille Mitchell last season and second to Slippery Rock’s Caleb Smithco in 2019, edged Cal U’s Jalen Cloud by two centimeters for his conference title. His top mark was 47 feet, 5 ¼ inches.
The SU throws contingent had an absolutely fantastic week at the conference championships and capped off a banner three days of work on Saturday by not only having all five of its competitors score in the shot put, but all five produced either season bests or personal bests with their throws.
Leading the group was Alec Rideout (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan), who put a successful conclusion on his final season with the Raiders with a second-place throw of 54 feet, 8 ¾ inches. Rideout’s throw, which came on his second attempt, was a season best of more than 2 ½ feet. Rideout, who returned to the Raiders in 2022, finishes as a four-time scorer in the shot put, having finished fifth in 2017, second in 2016 and eighth in 2015.
Brooks Bear (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) made it a final meet to remember with an absolutely incredible shot put PR of more than five feet – his marvelous personal best of 52 feet, 3 ¼ inches resulted in a fourth-place finish. To put Bear’s throw in context, his PR entering the day was 47 feet, 2 ¼ inches set earlier this season at Millersville, and his eighth-place finish in the event last year was on a then-PR of 45 feet, 8 inches.
Rounding out the Raider scorers in the shot were Maloney, who placed sixth on a throw of 51 feet, 0 ¾ inches, Logan Parker (Plum, Pa./Plum), who took seventh on a new collegiate best of 50 feet, 4 ½ inches, and Josh Herbster (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), who claimed eighth on a new collegiate best of 49 feet, 11 ¾ inches.
These five Raider throwers (Bear, Herbster, Maloney, Parker Rideout) combined to score 57 points out of the shot, discus and hammer – the same number of points as the team score for fifth-place Cal U. SU scored 19 points in each of these three throwing events.
Robert Lissner (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area), fresh off two days of competition in the decathlon, delivered a seventh-place finish in the open pole vault on a top clearance of 14 feet, 3 ¼ inches that equaled his season best. Mike Folcarelli (Altoona, Pa./Altoona Area) placed eighth in the javelin on a top throw of 181 feet, 4 inches.
The only two events of the meet in which SU did not score were the 5,000 meters and the 110-meter hurdles. Shippensburg scored at least nine points in nine of the 12 track events and was the only school to score a point in all eight field events.
In 17 years as the head coach of the SU men’s and women’s track & field programs, Dave Osanitsch has guided the Raiders to 45 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships (24 outdoors, 21 indoors). The rest of the PSAC has combined to win just 19 league titles in that span.
Saturday Match Results
1. Stephon Brown 10.52
3. Eric Kirk 10.85
1. Stephon Brown 21.32
3. Eric Kirk 21.81
1. Aaron Arp Jr. 47.03
1. Drew Dailey 1:51.06
1. Drew Dailey 3:53.79
8. Ian Sherlock 3:58.00
Joey Cintavey 4:00.71
Aiden Gonder 15:16.99
Hayden Hunt 15:33.34
Kevin Wagner 15:50.84
Nate Kaplon 15:59.96
Alexander Ermold 16:23.70
4. Matt Lenahan 55.43
5. Robbie Hrabosky II 56.46
1. Stephon Brown, Mason Boyd, Aaron Arp Jr., Eric Kirk 40.95
1. Aaron Arp Jr., Stephon Brown, Mason Boyd, Eric Kirk 3:15.68
7. Robert Lissner 14’ 3 ¼” (4.35m)
1. Shamar Jenkins 47’ 5 ¼” (14.46m)
Jacob Cramer 43’ 11 ¼” (13.39m)
2. Alec Rideout 54’ 8 ¾” (16.68m)
4. Brooks Bear 52’ 3 ¼” (15.93m)
6. Pat Maloney 51’ 0 ¾” (15.56m)
7. Logan Parker 50’ 4 ½” (15.35m)
8. Josh Herbster 49’ 11 ¾” (15.23m)
8. Mike Folcarelli 181’ 4” (55.29m)
Nate Reed 177’ 6” (54.10m)
Nate Crowl 172’ 9” (52.65m)
Thursday and Friday
4. Aiden Gonder 31:30.54
6. Hayden Hunt 31:34.90
8. Chayce Macknair 31:41.57
11. Nate Kaplon 32:37.01
12. Nathan Harding 32:50.38
19. Kevin Wagner 33:32.21
3. Ian Sherlock 9:18.21
5. Jordan Winslow 6′ 5 ½” (1.97m)
6. Kenny Rhyne 6′ 5 ½” (1.97m)
Donovan Hart 5′ 11 ½” (1.82m)
4. Shamar Jenkins 22′ 5 ¼” (6.84m)
6. Nate Reed 21′ 8 ¼” (6.61m)
Jacob Cramer 19′ 3 ¼” (5.87m)
1. Pat Maloney 173′ (52.73m)
3. Brooks Bear 160′ 8″ (48.97m)
6. Josh Herbster 151′ 5″ (46.17m)
Logan Parker 144′ 9″ (44.12m)
Alec Rideout 139′ 7″ (42.55m)
1. Josh Herbster 193′ 2″ (58.88m)
5. Brooks Bear 173′ 8″ (52.93m)
6. Alec Rideout 167′ 11″ (51.18m)
7. Pat Maloney 163′ 4″ (49.79m)
16. Logan Parker 128′ 2″ (39.08m)
2. Mason Boyd 6308
Robert Lissner 5231