Updated: Apr 8
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The men of Shippensburg had another stellar year in 2018. The Raiders were defending Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champions, along with three-time Atlantic Region champions. The Shippensburg Raiders ultimately ended up finishing 2nd at both meets before going on to finish 27th overall at Nationals. With the loss of their top two men from NCAA's (Sean Weidner and Albert Schrimp), Shippensburg will look to their new freshman recruiting class to help the Raiders return to glory.
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The Raiders were able to acquire three top recruits with very impressive 1600 times. Zander Ermold and Chayce Macknair both share a PR of 4:16 while Drew Dailey has a PR of 4:14 over the distance. Along with his impressive 1600 time, Ermold has personal records of 1:55 in the 800, 9:33 in the 3200, and 15:45 in the 5k. As for Macknair, he has an impressively fast 9:07 PR in the 3200 and 16:01 in the 5k. If he can translate his success on the track
And Drew Dailey? Well, his range is equally as impressive with personal bests of 1:54 in the 800 and a time of 16:07 in the 5k. Dailey was a multiple-time state champion, along with a Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year Nominee.
All three of these men have the foot speed and talent to be great at the next level. These milers, who have also exhibited great range, will be an extremely encouraging group to rally around over the next few years. At least one of these men, with the proper development, could be a factor on the national stage in the next year or two at the mile/1500 distances.
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Joey Cintavey from Newark, DE and Joey Bujdos from Indiana, PA will be joining the Shippensburg Raiders with similar times in the 1600 of 4:24 (Cintavey) and 4:29 (Bujdos). Bujdos is bringing some 800 meters speed with him as he owns a PR of 1:54 in the 800. Cintavey, on the other hand, extends his range to the longer distances with PR's of 9:38 in the 3200 and 15:59 in the 5k. Each of these incoming freshmen bring unique depth to their respective areas of focus.
Andrew Foster from Ephrata, PA has personal records of 4:25 in the 1600, 9:28 in the 3200, and 16:05 in the 5k. His 3200 personal best is a nice middle ground between the 1600 and 5000 meters. It will be interesting to see which way he develops in terms of moving up or down in distance.
Finally, we have AJ Plowman, Kevin Wagner, Nathan Harding, and Andrew Foster who have PR’s ranging from 2:02 in the 800, 4:22 in the 1600, and 16:04 in the 5k. All of these recruits have the talent to improve drastically under the coaching at Shippensburg. They bring such impressive depth to the table and it is hard to imagine that none of them will be impact runners for this team.
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Shippensburg is an established program with multiple conference, regional titles, and national championship appearances. The Raiders bring in a solid recruiting class with a unique mix of incoming depth, possible star-power, and impressive range.
In the grand scheme of things, this might be one of the best all-around recruiting classes in the country.