Shippensburg makes some noise
Notes: Raiders sweep PSAC titles this past weekend
Shippensburg made it a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s track championships at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference meet this weekend at the Bill Lennox Track Complex at Slippery Rock.
It marks the second consecutive year and the fourth time in school history that the Raiders have won both titles. They also did it in 1984 and 1993.
While the men’s team crushed the competition, winning by 63 points en route to its third consecutive title, the women only edged second-place Slippery Rocky by 7.5 points.
Neely Spence, the track MVP of the meet, helped make the championship possible. She dominated the distance events, winning the 1500-meter run in a time of 4:32.98 while taking home the crown in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 10:00.43. Spence crossed the line in the 5000 with a time of 16:53.40.
Erica Hess won the 400 for the sixth time in her career, including the third championship of her outdoor career, crossing the line in 55.39. She has finished with All-PSAC honors 15 times in her stellar career.
Caitlin Stuetz won the 100 hurdles, breaking the tape in 14.51, as the Raiders hung on for the close win.
The men’s team placed in 19 of the 21 events to dominate the meet. Among the winners was Matt Gillette, who ran a 3:55.45 in the 1500 to win his first outdoor conference championship.
Herman Kirkland was the champion in the long jump, hitting a mark of 24-feet-10 inches, and the 400 relay team lit up the clock at 40.90 to win the event.
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• Western Oregon trailed by 11 points after the opening day of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference meet, but the Wolves would not be denied the title, rallying for its fifth championship in school history. The Wolves also mounted a comeback during the indoor meet earlier this year.
Matt Kaino was one of several first-place finishers for Western Oregon. He won the 400 with a time of 48.48 while Kyle Larson won the 800 in a time of 1:56.09.
Brett Campbell took home the title in the 110 hurdles (15.49) and Will Crook was the champion in the javelin with a throw of 196-1. Teammate Kody Reavis finished second with a career-best throw of 190-1.
The Wolves scored 141 points on the second day of competition to knock off Western Washington 203-173.5. Jason Slowey accounted for a good portion of the point total, racking up 48 with strong performances in the hammer throw (third), discus (second) and shot put (first).
The women’s team at Western Oregon finished third behind the first-place efforts of Ashley Potter (38-9 ½ in triple jump), Kaitlyn Reid (1:02.94 in 400 hurdles) and Lexi Pola (56.53 in 400).
• Seattle Pacific won its second consecutive women’s GNAC championship and the fifth overall last weekend. Ali Worthen helped lead the way. She won the long jump with a distance of 18-5 and took first in the high jump with a leap of 5-53/4. Worthen also won the heptathlon last week during the first weekend of meet action.
Worthen is one of seven athletes in league history to win three events. She also helped the 400 relay team clock in with a time of 47.23.
Kisha Mitchell burned up the track in the 100 and 200, posting times of 12.39 and 25.52, respectively, as she did her part to help Seattle Pacific win the title. Crystal Sims added a win in the 100 hurdles, finishing the race in 14.71.
• Wartburg’s women’s team, a contender for the national title, won its 12th consecutive Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title last weekend at Ash Park Stadium.
Wartburg, the runner-up at the national indoor meet, scored 280 points, a meet record, and won a total of 11 championships.
Brittany Melloy certainly shined for the Knights as she won MVP honors. Melloy won the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:01.35 and helped the 1600 and 3200 relay teams win championships as well. The mile relay team finished with a time of 3:50.37 while the two-mile squad posted a time of 9:22.36.
Faith Burt was the champion in the 100, clocking in with a time of 12.26. She also won the 200 in a time of 25.06. The titles marked the third consecutive year Burt has won both events at the conference meet.
Sisters Skye and Nevada Morrison rose to the occasion as well. Skye won the triple jump (37-7 ¼) and long jump (18-5) while Nevada was crowned the champion in the 400 (56.03) for the second consecutive season.
There were no shortages of impressive performances at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet, including the fact that five teams in the men’s competition scored at least 100 points for the first time in three decades. Ten of the 11 teams had at least one champion and St. Johns won the meet with 141 points.
Tom Hoffman won the 800 in a time of 1:51.76 and Griffin Hayes won the discus with a throw of 156-10 to pace St. Johns.
Bethel won five championships, including two by Jordon Spronk, who won the 200 (22.40) and 400 (48.47) at the Gustavus Adolphus Track Complex.
St. Thomas won the women’s MIAC championship, edging Gustavus Adolphus 143.5-132.5. It was the seventh consecutive championship for the Tommies and the 27th overall in program history.
Ten of the 12 teams at the meet had at least one champion. Melissa Kuebler won the 100 hurdles for St. Thomas with a time of 15.08 and Emily Van Heel won the triple jump with a distance of 38-9. Breanna Coyle of Hamline broke the only meet record of the weekend with a toss of 171-5 in the hammer throw.
• Amanda Seigworth had a hand in nearly leading Slippery Rock to a championship at the PSAC meet. She won the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:01.12 and helped the 400 (47.22) and 1600 (3:48.04) relay teams claim championships.
• David Registe of Alaska Anchorage dazzled the competition at the GNAC meet, winning three individual championships en route to being named the most outstanding performer of the meet.
He also helped win titles in the 400 relay (42.20) and 1600 relay (3:17.93). He is the first athlete in meet history to win five events and his 82 points scored is a meet record.
• Ray Zoellick of Seattle Pacific stunned everyone when he won the pole vault at the GNAC meet. Zoellick, two years removed from his first major competition, took home the championship in the pole vault with a height of 14-11. He cleared the height on his first try. Zoellick had taken a break from track after his high school career wrapped up at the state meet in Washington.
“It was super exciting to clear (14-11),” Zoellick said. “I had a little bit of adrenaline and confidence today. It was a great day.”
• Minnesota State-Moorhead won the outdoor championship at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meet this past weekend behind the efforts of Laquone Robinson. Robinson won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.24 and also placed seventh or better in four other events. He was third in the decathlon, third in the long jump, fourth in the triple jump and seventh in the high jump as he won field athlete of the year honors.
• Coe College’s Sarah Anciaux won the javelin for the first time since 2008, and she did it in impressive fashion. Anciaux turned in a throw of 128-4 to beat two-time defending champion Lauren Boleen, Kinsey Bak of Simpson was the field MVP and won the high jump for the third consecutive year with a leap of 5-3.
• Kyle Wood became the first runner to sweep the 200 and 400 at the IIAC meet since 2005 as the Central Iowa standout posted times of 22.00 and 49.04, respectively. He was part of an effort that helped Central win 10 events, including the 400 (41.82) and 1600 (3:20.65) relays. Teammate Matt Graber won the shot put for the third consecutive year with a throw of 53-0 ¼. The 250 points by Central was a meet record.
• Monmouth won the men’s and women’s championships at the Midwest Conference meet for the seventh consecutive season. The men’s team won eight events and the women came through with 10 titles.
• St. Norbert's women's team had the best showing at the MWC meet since 1991 when it won the title, taking second on the weekend. Emily Schudrowitz led the way with wins in the 800 (2:12.36) and 1500 (4:43.88).