STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
The Department of Athletics named redshirt-senior Abby Wagner and senior Patrick Luebben as its 2018-19 Student-Athletes of the Year during the annual Scholar-Athlete and Faculty/Staff Luncheon in April.
Luebben was a captain and integral contributor to the men’s soccer team that posted a 10-3-4 record and reached the PSAC Quarterfinals and hosted a playoff game for the first time in eight years. In January, he became the first SU men’s soccer player to receive a PSAC Top 10 award. Luebben was a consensus All-Region selection who earned First Team honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) and Second Team honors from the United Soccer Coaches (USC). He also was an All-PSAC First Team performer.
A dual major in marketing and management (with an international management concentration), Luebben maintained a 3.92 cumulative GPA. He was selected to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Men’s Soccer Team for Division II in November.
Wagner, who specializes in jumps as a member of both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, is an individual event champion and All-American.
Indoors in 2019, Wagner became the first indoor triple jump All-American in school history by placing sixth at the NCAA Championships with a lifetime-best, school-record mark of 41 feet, 1 ½ inches (12.53 meters). Her 2019 campaign included the PSAC Championship in the triple jump after a victorious mark and meet record of 39 feet, 10 inches. She also finished sixth in the long jump.
Outdoors in 2018, Wagner earned All-America First Team honors in the triple jump with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Wagner won the PSAC outdoor title in the triple jump and had an All-PSAC third-place finish in the long jump at the conference championships.
An exercise science major and coaching minor pursuing a Power, Agility, and Group Exercise (PAGE) certificate, Wagner maintained a 3.826 cumulative GPA. She was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Division II Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team in May.
Jeff Henry, electronics technician, was recognized as the 2018-19 Raider of the Year. Henry provides setup and support for sound and scoreboards at university sporting events. He built and upgraded sound systems at multiple athletic venues. He was commended for going “above and beyond” the call of duty and his genuine interest in SU’s athletics.
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Shippensburg won its eleventh consecutive PSAC Outdoor Championship under the direction of USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year Dave Osanitsch, extending the longest winning streak in conference history. SU posted a 31.5-point victory margin over second-place Slippery Rock.
Senior Johnathon Stiles was named the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year and the Most Valuable Track Athlete of the PSAC Outdoor Championships after winning the 400-meter hurdles by running the fastest time in the nation during the regular season: an automatic qualifier of 50.90 seconds that broke both the championship meet record (51.42 seconds) and the Shippensburg school record (52.01 seconds). Stiles also dropped a 47.2-second split on SU’s 1,600-meter relay that won the conference title to end the meet.
Redshirt-junior Charles Bowman was named the Most Valuable Athlete of the PSAC Outdoor Championships after winning the 110-meter hurdles (14.23 seconds), improving his school record in the event the day before (14.16 seconds in prelims), finishing second to Stiles in the 400-meter hurdles (51.74 seconds) and equaling Stiles’s split on the 1,600-meter relay (47.2 seconds).
Overall, Shippensburg won five conference championships: redshirt-freshman Aaron Arp Jr.
in the 400 meters (school-record 46.81 seconds), Bowman in the 110-meter hurdles, Stiles in the 400-meter hurdles, and junior Cam Strohe in the hammer throw and the 1,600-meter relay. The sprint/hurdles squad, under the direction of USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year Doug Knol, totaled eighty-seven points—a sum that comprised 60 percent of the overall team score.
Shippensburg finished in a tie for twenty-second place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, highlighted by Bowman becoming the first Raider in history to collect three All-America trophies at the same national meet (fourth in 110-meter hurdles, fourth in 400-meter hurdles, and seventh in 4x400-meter relay). Bowman was joined on the 4x400-meter relay by Arp, senior Ori Rinaman, and sophomore Austin Padmore. Stiles ran on the relay during prelims. Arp also earned All-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash.
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Shippensburg finished third at this year’s PSAC Championships, ending a conference-record streak of nine consecutive league titles. SU scored more than 100 points at the conference championships for the twelfth straight year and scored in sixteen of twenty-two events overall.
Two Raiders won conference championships—senior Morgan DeFloria (javelin) and junior Zarria Williams (long jump)—while sophomore Rachel Bruno was the runner-up in the 400-meter dash, senior Tatiana Purnell was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles, and freshman Madisen Kling was the runner-up in the discus.
Overall, Shippensburg totaled eight All-PSAC (top three) finishes at the conference championships, including third-place runs in the 5K and 10K by senior Jackie Kinkead.
At this year’s NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships, all three of SU’s female competitors achieved an All-America classification: Williams in the long jump (fifth), DeFloria in the javelin (eighth, left), and Wagner in the triple jump (eleventh).
Shippensburg finished the season with a 1-15 record. The team’s four seniors represented 66 percent of the team’s singles competition for the season. Gabbie Binder and Megan Moorhead formed the team’s most successful doubles pairing on the year. Kaylin Gallagher led the team with twenty singles matches. Victoria Galanti competed eight times before graduating in December.
Shippensburg finished with a 20-27 record, including a 12-16 record (sixth place) in the PSAC Eastern Division. It is the ninth straight year that the Raiders have won at least twenty games in a season.
Four players were named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division teams, highlighted by the 2019 Eastern Division Freshman of the Year: outfielder Tony Vavaroutsos of Toronto, Ontario. He hit .336, led the team with thirty-eight RBIs, and had twenty extra-base hits (including twelve doubles and seven home runs).
Vavaroutsos was joined on the All-PSAC Eastern Division second team by senior catcher Jack Goertzen, senior first baseman Tommy Baggett, and senior starting pitcher Michael Hope. Baggett led Shippensburg with a .340 batting average, while Goertzen led the team with a career-high thirteen home runs. Hope ranked sixth in the PSAC with a career-high seventy-four strikeouts.
Shippensburg finished with a 25-22 record, including a 9-7 divisional record for second place in the PSAC Eastern Division. The Raiders were consistently among the Top 10 teams in the Atlantic Region at season’s end, narrowly missing a spot in the NCAA tournament.
It is the third straight year that SU competed in the PSAC Championships under head coach Alison Van Scyoc; the Raiders went 1-2 in the tournament.
Three players were named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division Teams: junior Kayla Bonawitz (at-large), sophomore Courtney Coy (third base), and freshman Hannah Johnson (utility/pitcher). It is the second straight year that Bonawitz and Coy received All-PSAC accolades.
Coy also was selected to the D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team and the NFCA All-Atlantic Region Second Team. She led the PSAC and ranked among the top five players nationally with a school-record twenty-two doubles. Coy also ranked seventh in the league with sixty-two hits and eighth in the league with forty-three RBIs.
Shippensburg finished with a 5-11 record, including a 3-9 mark against conference opponents.
Two players were named to the 2019 All-PSAC teams: senior defender Valerie Hertz (first team, top right) and sophomore attacker Alana Cardaci (third team, bottom right). Hertz, a three-time All-PSAC First Team honoree, finished her illustrious Raider career with a school-record 154 caused turnovers. She ranked second in school history with 227 career groundballs and 180 career draw controls.
Hertz, a 2019 IWLCA All-Atlantic Region First Team performer, also was named in May to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District At-Large Team along with women’s swimmer Gracee Tothero. Hertz finished the regular season as one of just two PSAC players ranked among the league’s top eight in groundballs per game (third, 3.88), caused turnovers per game (fourth, 2.44), and draw controls per game (eighth, 4.19). She ranked among the nation’s top twenty players in both groundballs and caused turnovers.
Cardaci earned her first all-conference classification after scoring fifty-three goals—the most by a Raider in twelve years (Kristin Crutchfield, 53, 2007). She finished the regular season fifth in the league in goals, having scored at least once in every game and totaling ten hat tricks.
In April, Dr. Daniel Velez, chief equity, inclusion, and compliance officer and Title IX coordinator, named Carrie Michaels (top right) senior associate director of athletics; she will continue her role as senior woman administrator. Ashley Grimm (bottom right) was named associate director of athletics. Michaels is the recipient of the 2018 Women Leaders in College Sports NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year Award. She is in her eleventh year with Raider athletics and her thirteenth at Shippensburg University. She is a member of the senior management team on behalf of athletics. Her responsibilities include budget oversight, supervision of sport programs and support services, fundraising, policy creation and implementation, selection and evaluation of department personnel, game operations and promotions, and student-athlete development. Grimm is in her ninth year at Shippensburg University. She is especially active in the maintenance and enforcement of NCAA rules compliance and interpretation. Grimm’s additional responsibilities include game management and administrative roles. She has been an integral advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).