Shippensburg University‘s men’s indoor track & field team ranked No. 18 in the latest edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II rating index released Tuesday afternoon.
Shippensburg achieved national Top 25 ranking for the first time this season, and the first time overall since being ranked No. 22 in the 2018 preseason poll. It is the highest national ranking for the Raiders since a No. 16 ranking in the 2016 preseason poll.
SU climbed 18 spots in the national ratings index and currently sits atop the Atlantic Region rankings on the strength of its performance at last weekend’s Gulden Invitational at Bucknell University.
The key performances of this past weekend include the school-record 200-meter run by redshirt-sophomore Aaron Arp Jr. (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) [21.43/21.81] that ranks seventh in the nation, a 60-meter dash of 6.80 seconds by sophomore Roland Miles (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) that ranks 10th in the nation, and the 4×400-meter relay of Arp, freshman Eric Kirk (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area), freshman Stephon Brown (Harrisburg, Central Dauphin East) and redshirt-senior Charles Bowman (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East (Virginia)) [3.15.18/3.18.29] that ranks fifth in the nation.
Shippensburg splits its squad this weekend, with contingents competing at Penn State and Bucknell.
Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University.