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Shippensburg Athletics | April 5, 2014

No. 18 Shippensburg wins Millersville Metrics

  Chris Nelson set the Shippensburg record in hammer throw.

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. -- Senior Chris Nelson and sophomore Ryan Hart set school records Saturday to lead a group of six Shippensburg throwers with NCAA provisional qualifying marks for the Raiders as they won the Millersville Metrics held at Biemesderfer Stadium.

Nelson surpassed his own school record in the hammer throw, landing a throw of 180 feet, 5 inches to surpass his personal best by almost four full feet. He was one of six Raiders to satisfy the conference qualifying standard in the hammer and five to post a top-eight finish, as sophomore Garrett Vandebrake continued his success with a four-foot PR of 164 feet, 6 inches.

Hart, meanwhile, had a great series of throws in the discus, ultimately landing a top mark of 169 feet, 9 inches for a nine-foot collegiate best. The performance breaks the 2003 SU record of Matt Peters, whose throw of 169 feet, 2 inches had stood for 11 years.

Junior Charlito Iwuagwu also landed a NCAA-provisional throw in the discus, heaving a PR of 163 feet. Iwuagwu's previous collegiate best was a 162-foot, 2-inch throw last season at West Chester.

Juniors Andrew Korrubin and Derek Nothstein cleared the provisional standard in the javelin. Korrubin threw 196 feet, 8 inches while Nothstein landed a season best of 195 feet, 11 inches.

In the shot put, junior Grant Smith was said to have won the shot put with a throw around 56 feet, 8 ½ inches -- which would be just short of the school record earlier this season.

Of SU's jumpers, freshmen Ja'Que Munger and Zach Pressel successfully cleared 6 feet, 4 ¾ inches, while senior Adam Phillippi went over the bar in the pole vault at 14 feet, 5 ¼ inches.