The Shippensburg University men’s indoor track & field team returned to competition Saturday with a flourish, as redshirt-sophomore Aaron Arp Jr. (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) broke the school record in the 200 meters and the Raiders finished second among all schools at the Gulden Invitational hosted by Bucknell University inside Gerhard Fieldhouse.
Shippensburg, which completed two weeks of training on campus before returning to competition, totaled 26 performances that satisfied the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying standard — six of which met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. It was the team’s first meet since the Bison Opener back on December 7.
The Gulden Invitational is a scored meet, but Division I teams are separated from Division II and Division III teams in the final standings due to Division I requirements. Shippensburg posted a 117-90 victory over East Stroudsburg among Division II schools at the meet and kept it close with the host Bison, who totaled 199 points. The Raiders out-scored Mount St. Mary’s, Saint Francis and Johns Hopkins.
Arp Jr. bested all runners to win the 200 meters in 21.81 seconds (21.43 w/track conversion), a feat that surpasses the school record that had been shared by Matt Kujawski and Dru Adighibe. Kujawski ran 21.92 seconds on the Bucknell flat track in 2014 at the PSAC Championships, while Adighibe ran 21.54 seconds on the oversized track of Edinboro in 2016 at the PSAC Championships – a time which converts to 21.92 seconds on a flat track.
Other Raider winners
Arp’s performance was one of six PSAC cuts in the event for the Raiders. Redshirt-senior Charles Bowman (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East (Virginia)) ran fourth in 22.27 seconds. Sophomore Roland Miles (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) placed fifth in 22.36 seconds.
Senior Conner Oldt (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport (Manhattan)) ran 23.08 seconds. sophomore EJ Dorwil (Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington) ran 23.17 seconds, and junior Michael Lingard (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) crossed the line in 23.19 seconds.
Miles and Dorwil shined in the 60-meter dash, each achieving NCAA provisional qualifiers. Miles ran second in 6.80 seconds, and Dorwil third in 6.85 seconds. Their times in both the 60 and 200 are new indoor collegiate bests. Freshman Eric Kirk (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area) nabbed a PSAC cut in the 60 with a time of 7.03 seconds.
Bowman won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.02 seconds, an NCAA provisional qualifier for the reigning All-American. Old finished fifth, running 8.45 seconds. Freshman Isaiah Barnes (Altoona, Pa./Altoona Area) ran 8.79 seconds.
Freshman Stephon Brown (Harrisburg, Central Dauphin East) finished third in the 400 meters, running 50.12 seconds, and was a member of the 4×4 relay that beat Bucknell by nearly two full seconds and won the event with a NCAA provisional qualifier. Arp Jr. Bowman, sophomore Josh Booth (McConnellsburg, Pa./McConnellsburg) and Brown teamed up to run 3:18.29.
Three freshmen highlighted the mid-distance and distance squad as they debuted on the indoor track. Drew Dailey (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) finished second in the 800 meters, excelling with a time of 1:57.16. Kevin Wagner (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had a fourth-place time in the 3K, a solid 9:04.04, while Joseph Bujdos took third in the 1,000 meters on a time of 2:34.94.
Redshirt-sophomore Shamar Jenkins (Souderton, Pa./Souderton) highlighted the field athletes by winning the triple jump on a NCAA-provisional qualifying mark and season best of 47 feet, 7 ¼ inches. Jenkins also hit a PSAC cut in the long jump of 22 feet, 1 ½ inches; sophomore Nate Reed (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Area) paced SU in the long jump with a third-place mark of 22 feet, 3 ¾ inches.
Sophomore Jordan Winslow (Belleville, N.J./Milton Hershey (Pa.)) had his best day yet at the high jump bar, breaking two meters for the first time in his collegiate career. Winslow finished second, clearing 6 feet, 7 ½ inches (2.02 meters) – his previous best was 6 feet, 5 ½ inches set last season at Penn State.
Freshman Kenny Rhyne (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) also picked up a conference qualifier in the high jump, placing sixth with a collegiate debut mark of 6 feet, 2 ¾ inches.
Sophomores Brooks Bear (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) and Pat Maloney (Eagleville, Pa./Methacton) paced the throws squad. Bear landed an enormous PR of nearly five feet in the weight throw, placing third on a top toss of 52 feet, 10 inches. He also PR’d in the shot, throwing 46 feet, 6 inches. Maloney took sixth in the shot, throwing 47 feet, 4 ½ inches.
Shippensburg splits its squad next weekend, with one contingent traveling to Penn State for the National Invitational and another returning to Bucknell for the Bison Open & Multi.