In the summer 2015 edition of Sports Shorts, we chronicle the achievements of our spring athletic teams—in particular the tremendous success of SU’s PSAC champion track and field teams. Information is available on SU’s Student-Athletes of the Year and Raider of the Year, along with the unveiling of SAAC’s Don’t Say campaign and an academic honor for women’s swimmer Rikki Sargent. Get the full list of sports shorts here.
SU finished with a 25-25 overall record and a 17-11 mark in conference play, finishing third in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division.
Sophomore catcher Jake Kennedy earned 2015 All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team accolades. Senior first baseman Jimmy Spanos, freshman second baseman Nick Spangler, sophomore third baseman Ryan McMillen and junior center fielder Austin Allison were named to the All-PSAC East Second Team. Pitcher Gabe Mosser was named PSAC East Freshman of the Year.
Kennedy earned three postseason Atlantic All-Region honors: ABCA First Team, Daktronics Second Team, and NCBWA Second Team. He broke SU’s single-season home run record, hitting 19 in 162 at-bats. He ranked third in the PSAC and Top 10 in Division II for home runs and led SU with 49 RBIs and 32 walks. McMillen also was named to the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region First Team as a utility (non-pitcher) player; he hit .347 with 21 doubles.
Shippensburg finished with a 17-18 overall record and a 12-16 mark in conference play. More than 15 games were canceled due to winter weather at the beginning of the season.
Junior Taylor Pattillo was voted the All-PSAC East First Team player at second base for the second straight year. Senior outfielder Tyler Thompson was voted to the All-PSAC East First Team, and senior first baseman Maddie Justice was recognized with an All-PSAC East Second Team honor. Thompson led the PSAC with 27 stolen bases in the regular season.
Head coach Bob Brookens moved atop the school's coaching wins list with 450. In 15 years as head coach, Brookens has a 462-270 record.
Shippensburg finished with a 5-8 overall record, including two conference wins. SU's five dual-meet victories are its most since the 2005-06 season. Senior Julia Saintz lead the team with seven singles victories, while three others—Emilie Luttman, Sarah Kramer, Christine Devine—achieved four or more wins this season. Saintz finished her collegiate career with 20 singles victories.
Shippensburg finished with a 3-14 overall record and a 1-11 conference record.
Sophomore Annemarie Cericola was named to the All-PSAC Third Team. Cericola’s 64 groundballs (3.81 per game) led the conference and ranked No. 7 in Division II throughout the regular season. She also caused 32 turnovers, which was fourth best in the PSAC and No. 16 in Division II.
Seniors Sheila Johnson and Courtney Kennedy became the 13th and 14th players in school history to join the 100-goal club. Johnson scored at least one goal in 40 consecutive games to complete her career.
Sophomore Max Barkley shattered the single-season school record for draw controls, registering 96 in just 17 games.
STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
The SU Department of Athletics named seniors Lucy Kauffman (field hockey) and LeQuan Chapman (track and field) as its 2014-15 Student-Athletes of the Year on May 3. Kauffman was a biology (pre-optometry) major who graduated this spring with a 3.89 GPA. Chapman is a communication/journalism major on Dean's List with a 3.1 GPA.
Stephanie Erdice, director SU’s Women's Center, was unanimously selected Raider of the Year for her support and assistance with SU student-athletes, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Tau Kappa Women's Athletics Honor Sorority.
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
SU won the 2015 PSAC Outdoor Championships by 61 points, marking the sixth straight year the Raiders have finished atop the league. SU had 28 women contribute to the team point total and scored at least one point in 19 of 22 events.
SU had five PSAC event champions: senior Bri Fells (400 meters), sophomore Sarah Hunt (triple jump), redshirt-freshman Tamara Ovejera (discus), the 4x400-meter relay, and the 4x800-meter relay.
Fells, Hunt, and freshman Crystal Hartman represented SU at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Fells became SU’s first All-American in the 400 meters, placing eighth with a personal-best time of 55.08 seconds, while Hunt placed 12th in the long jump and earned All-America Second Team honors. She also placed 16th in the triple jump, while Hartman finished 14th in the javelin.
Junior Megan Lundy was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Track and Field Team for Division II. Lundy, a 2014 Academic All-America Second Team honoree, maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA while majoring in early childhood education. She also was named the PSAC Champion Scholar.
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
SU won the 2015 PSAC Outdoor Championships by 110 points, the seventh straight year the Raiders have finished atop the conference. SU had nine PSAC event champions: sophomore Kieran Sutton (5K), senior Eric Bologa (400-meter hurdles), senior Peter Gelston (steeplechase), senior LeQuan Chapman (long jump, triple jump), Grant Smith (shot, hammer), senior Charlito Iwuagwu (discus), and the 4x800-meter relay.
Chapman was named the PSAC Championships Overall MVP and the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year after winning conference titles in the triple jump and the long jump and contributing to the second-place 4x100-meter relay.
Gelston was named the PSAC Championships Track MVP for winning the 3K steeplechase with a new school record and also placing second in the 5K. Smith was named the PSAC Championships Field MVP for winning the shot put and the hammer throw, setting school records in both, and placing sixth in the discus.
SU had a record of 11 entries in this year’s NCAA Division II Championships: Sutton (10K), Bologa (400 hurdles), Gelston (steeplechase), freshman Tra-C Davis (high jump), Chapman (long jump, triple jump), Smith (shot), junior Ryan Hart (discus), graduate Jake Sunday (javelin), senior Andrew Korrubin (javelin), and the 4x400-meter relay of Bologa, senior Andrew Kujawski, sophomore Tim Usher, and senior Robert Bales.
SU finished 13th in the team standings tallying 23 points. Of SU’s 11 entries, eight were All-American—seven First Team (10 total trophies when including the relay) and one Second Team. The 10 First Team All-America trophies are the third-highest total in the country.
Senior Ryan Spangler was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Track and Field Team for Division II. Spangler has earned Academic All-District honors for three consecutive years. A biology major (biotechnology concentration), Spangler graduated with a 3.84 cumulative GPA.
Rikki Sargent of the SU women's swimming team was named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District 2 ® Women's At-Large Team for Division II athletics. Sargent, a psychology major, is a member of the Honors Program. She started the spring semester with a 3.97 cumulative GPA.