The Shippensburg men’s cross country team traveled to Newville on Saturday to compete in the Dickinson College Short Invitational and won the team title at Big Spring High School.
SU had the runners finish consecutively 1-6 to win the title in the 4K race. The team chose to run in 4K instead of 8K to focus on speed work.
Even though the encounter only had the top three from each team for team scores, the Raiders posted the lowest possible score thanks to their top six runners.
The individual champion was the second Hayden Hunt who crossed the finish line at 12:31. Junior Chayce Macknair clocked four seconds behind him to finish second.
Junior Alexander Ermold and runner-up Aiden Gonder each finished just one second behind, and junior Drew Dailey’s fifth-place finish was clocked at 12:41.
Sophomore Ian Sherlock finished in sixth place in a time of 12:46. Junior Kevin Wagner came in 11th but also broke the 13-minute mark at 12:56.
Freshman Jacob Mavretic ran a time of 13:13 for a 15th place finish and senior Nate Kaplon was 22nd at 13:30.
Every SU rider in the field finished in the top 30 with rookie Jake Lawson finishing 29th with a time of 13:40 and junior Nathan Harding two seconds behind him.
The Raiders will now focus on next week’s Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh in Bethlehem on Friday. The team will be looking to find out where they stand a few weeks before the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships.