Shippensburg wins PSAC crown
Spence wins 3,000m and mile-run to help Red Raiders to crown
EDINBORO, Pa. -- Shippensburg won the PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday at the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome on the campus of Edinboro University.
The Red Raiders won their second title in three years by a 145.5-125 margin against defending champion Lock Haven. East Stroudsburg finished third with 102.50 points, Slippery Rock was fourth with 99 points and Kutztown rounded out the top five with 69 points.
East Stroudsburg’s Negus Graham, who won the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and was a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay team, was named the track and overall men’s MVP. Slippery Rock’s Chris Warning, who won the men’s shot put and finished second in the weight throw, was the field MVP.
Shippensburg’s Neely Spence, who won two individual events (3,000-meter and one-mile run) and one relay (distance medley), was named the women’s overall MVP.
Matt Gillette of Shippensburg set a PSAC record and earned an NCAA provisional mark with a winning time of 4:10.84. Brice Myers of California (Pa.) defended his title in the 60-meter hurdles with an NCAA provisional time of 8.08. Graham won the 400-meter dash with an NCAA provisional time of 47.95. He also set a PSAC record in winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.83, which is an NCAA automatic qualifying time.
Chris Church of Lock Haven won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.90, just seven one-hundredths ahead of Slippery Rock’s D.J. Chisom. In the 800-meter run, Mike Saparito of East Stroudsburg outpaced Slippery Rock’s Kevin Jewel for first place with a time of 1:53.19. Four men’s competitors topped the previous PSAC record in the 3,000-meter run, led by Lock Haven’s Nathan Zondlo, who finished in 8:25.07. In the 4x400-meter relay, East Stroudsburg’s team of Keith Parker-Washington, Greg Palmer, Ian Melhorn and Graham finished first with a time of 3:17.99.
In the men’s field events, the Red Raiders’ Steve D’Arcy won the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 52-4, while Leander Toney of Indiana (Pa.) set a PSAC record and earned an NCAA automatic qualifying mark with a winning distance of 6-11 in the high jump. Chris Thomas of Shippensburg won the triple jump with a mark of 48-6 3/4, while Slippery Rock’s Brady Wert won the heptathlon with 4,922 points, just two points off the PSAC record.