In the summer 2016 edition of Sports Shorts, read about SU's Dixon Trophy standing, our student-athletes of the year, and accomplishments in women's and men's track and field, baseball, softball, tennis, and lacrosse. For the most up-to-date sports, visit shipraiders.com.
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Shippensburg won the 2016 PSAC Outdoor Championships held at Mansfield by 64 points, marking the seventh straight year the Raiders have won a conference championship. The Raiders scored at least one point in 20 of the 22 events.
SU had two athletes combine for three PSAC event titles: junior Sarah Hunt (triple jump) and sophomore Tamara Ovejera (shot put and discus). Ovejera was named the 2016 PSAC Championships Most Valuable Field Athlete for winning PSAC titles in the shot and the discus in addition to posting a top-five finish in the hammer throw.
Hunt, Ovejera, sophomore Crystal Hartman, and freshman Morgan DeFloria represented SU at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Hunt (ninth place in long jump) and Hartman (11th place in javelin) earned All-America Second Team honors. Ovejera broke the school records in the shot, discus, and hammer this season, while DeFloria set a school record in the javelin.
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Shippensburg won the 2016 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Outdoor Championships held at Mansfield by 85.5 points, marking the eighth straight year the Raiders have finished at the top of the conference. SU now has matched the longest streak of consecutive PSAC Championships in men’s track and field originally set by West Chester from 1950–57. Additionally, SU is tied with West Chester for the most PSAC outdoor track and field championships in league history with 24.
SU had eight PSAC event champions: sophomore Dru Adighibe (100 and 200 meters), senior Austin McGinley (10K), senior Chris Mullin (3K steeplechase), sophomore Bryan Pearson (shot and discus), junior Derek Nothstein (javelin), and the 4x400-meter relay.
Pearson was named the PSAC Championships Most Valuable Field Athlete and the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year after winning conference titles in the shot and discus and posting a top-five finish in the hammer. He also broke the 45-year-old Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) record in the discus this season, unleashing a throw of 181 feet, 10 inches at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
Adighibe was named the PSAC Championships Most Valuable Track Athlete and the PSAC Championships Overall MVP for winning the 100 and 200 meters and anchoring the victorious 4x400-meter relay. He ran a wind-aided conference record in the 200 meters of
Glenn Thompson ’85 was named the 2016 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year. He instructed a group of SU discus throwers that placed 1-2- 3-6 at the PSAC Championships and a legion of shot putters that placed 1-2-6. Between the two events, Shippensburg amassed 48 team points—a total higher than seven of the other 13 conference schools in competition.
SU had eight entries in this year’s NCAA Division II Championships: Adighibe (100), sophomore Tra-C Davis (high jump), junior Jalen Ramsey (high jump), sophomore Alec Rideout (shot), Pearson (shot and discus), junior Caleb Bartlett (hammer), and Nothstein (javelin). Nothstein (sixth) and Pearson (sixth in discus) earned All-America First Team honors, while Rideout (10th), Bartlett (10th), and Davis (T-11th) earned All-America Second Team honors.
Six school records were tied or broken this season: Adighibe (100 and 200 meters), junior Kieran Sutton (10K), Ramsey (high jump), Pearson (discus), and Bartlett (hammer).
Shippensburg finished with a 5-11 overall record and a 2-10 mark in conference play, placing 11th in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Junior Annemarie Cericola was named to the All-PSAC First Team and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-South Region Third Team. She was SU’s first All-Region lacrosse player since Gayle Kuntzmann in 2010.
Cericola led the PSAC in groundballs per game for the second straight season, averaging 4.25 groundballs per game. Her career-high 68 groundballs were the most by an SU player in a single season since Gayle Kuntzmann set a school record in leading Division II with 80 groundballs in the 2008 season.
Shippensburg finished with a 25-27 overall record and a 14-14 mark in conference play, finishing fourth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division. SU competed in the PSAC Baseball Tournament for the second straight year.
Three players were named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division Second Team: sophomore outfielder Grant Hoover, senior shortstop Mike Marcinko (below) and sophomore second baseman Nick Spangler. Marcinko and Spangler earned their second All-PSAC awards, while Hoover was recognized by the conference coaches for the first time in his career.
During the season, junior third baseman Ryan McMillen achieved several milestones, including tying the single-game hits record, going 6-for-6 in a victory over Wilmington (Del.), and breaking the school record by reaching base in nine straight plate appearances spanning April 10-15.
Marcinko led the team in hits with 66 this season and recorded 30 stolen bases, the most
steals by a Raider in a single season since 1988.
Four Raiders this spring earned Academic All-District honors per voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA): senior men’s swimmer Stefan Szilagyi, senior women’s swimmer Rikki Sargent, junior men’s track and field athlete Caleb Bartlett, and senior women’s track and field athlete Megan Lundy.
Szilagyi specializes in the butterfly, is an exercise science major, and is a member of the honors program. He graduated with a 3.84 cumulative GPA. Sargent, SU’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year, specializes in the breaststroke and butterfly. She is a psychology major and disability studies minor who graduated with a 3.98 cumulative GPA.
Bartlett, a thrower who specializes in the hammer, is a criminal justice major who has maintained a 3.78 GPA through his collegiate academic career, which includes a pair of redshirt seasons (2015 outdoors, 2016 indoors). It is Bartlett’s first Academic All-District award.
Lundy, a 400-meter specialist on the track, is an early childhood education major who has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA through her collegiate academic career. This award marks her third consecutive Academic All-District recognition, as she is a two-time Academic
Shippensburg finished with a 3-10 overall record, including one victory in conference play.
Junior Emilie Luttman (left) recorded three singles victories to lead the Raiders. Freshman Kaylin Gallagher also achieved multiple singles victories during the year. Senior Emily Cox (right) and freshman Gabbie Binder formed the most prolific of the SU doubles pairings to record multiple victories during the season.
STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
SU’s Department of Athletics named senior Rikki Sargent (women’s swimming) and redshirtsophomore Ryan Zapoticky (football) as its 2015-16 Student-Athletes of the Year at a dinner in April.
Sargent, an Olney, Md. native, was a psychology major and disability studies minor who graduated with a 3.98 cumulative GPA. She will attend graduate school at Syracuse University this fall.
Zapoticky, a Dallas native, was a biology major concentrating in health professions/pre-med. He has a 3.63 cumulative GPA, including a 3.975 semester GPA during the fall of 2015.
Dr. Chris Carlton, a member of the university counseling center, was named the Raider of the Year. The Raider of the Year award recognizes individuals who provide support to the Athletics Department and work toward the betterment of all the intercollegiate athletic teams on campus. Carlton serves as a sports psychologist and consultant to numerous teams on a volunteer basis.