SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Shippensburg University will be inducting six former athletes into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 18.
The 34rd annual induction ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Tuscarora Room located inside Reisner Dining Hall.
The event includes a luncheon during which inductees will be given an opportunity to provide a short speech.
For more information regarding the ceremony, including ticket information, please call the athletics office at 717-477-1711.
Curtis Evans ’95 is the Shippensburg University outdoor school record holder in the pole vault at 16 feet, 7 inches. Evans set a record that has remained unblemished for 24 years. He was an outdoor All-American in the pole vault as a senior in 1995, placing eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was a four-time PSAC place-winner in the pole vault, a three-time PSAC place-winner in the triple jump, and an eight-time outdoor conference place-winner overall.
Kelly Frick Herrmann ’05 is a two-time NCAA First Team All-American and a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champion in the javelin, finishing in third place at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in both 2004 and 2005. Herrmann is one of just three Raiders in school history to achieve two All-America First Team classifications in the javelin.
Chris Gicking ’00 is the 1999 PSAC Western Division Offensive Player of the Year and a three-time All-PSAC performer. He starred at quarterback for the Red Raiders under head football coach Rocky Rees from 1998-2000. At the time of graduation, Gicking held more than 10 school records, including career passing yards (6,365) and career passing touchdowns (65).
Amy Lynch Byrne ’96 is the only Shippensburg University women’s tennis athlete to win both a No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles title at the PSAC Championships in the same year – a feat achieved in her senior season of 1995-96. Byrne, the 1996 PSAC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Year, is a four-time conference champion.
Bob McCurdy ’88/’01M is one of just three NCAA Division I All-Americans in wrestling in Shippensburg University history. He placed eighth at 177 pounds back in 1985 as part of a standout four-year varsity career. Overall, McCurdy was a two-time NCAA Division I qualifier (1985 and 1986) and a two-time NCAA Division I East Region Champion (1985 and 1986) at 177 pounds.
Track and Field
John Pacovsky ’05 is one of just three men’s outdoor track & field athletes in school history, along with current hall of famer Jason McMullen and also Derek Nothstein, to earn three NCAA All-America First Team honors in any event. They have all done so in the javelin. On the final throw of his collegiate career, Pacovsky unleashed his personal best throw of 222 feet, 4 inches to place third at the 2005 NCAA Championships.