SHIPPENSBURG — The current Shippensburg seniors were freshmen the last time the boys track team won the Mid-Penn Colonial Division.
They had that opportunity again Wednesday at home facing rival Big Spring. They displayed their depth and blasted the Bulldogs 124-26, finishing the season 5-0 in division play.
“These seniors were freshman the last time Shippensburg won the Colonial Division but not many of them were major contributors to that title,” Greyhounds coach Michael Sassin said.
Shippensburg started the day off well as it swept the 4x800 relay races. The girls team included Alyssa Nori, Megan Pomeroy, Alexis Alleman and Gabby Nye. The boys included Ethan Bert, Isaac Covert, Ben Byers and Bailey Renfrew.
The Shippensburg male depth took over from there and it was able to sweep seven events. The Greyhounds (5-0, 5-0) took all three spots in the 100 and 400 dashes, plus the high jump, triple jump, shot put, pole vault and discus events.
Alexander Sharrow won the 100, and the 400 relay and 1600 relay. Isaiah Houser, the younger brother of junior running back Adam, won the 200, 400 and the 1600 relay, and finished third in the 100. Kevin Suero won the triple and long jumps and participated in the 400 relay.
“This was big for us as a team,” Sharrow said. “It is pretty awesome to win this year because we hope to win it again next year. We have so much depth and we challenge each other in practice and it helps to create competition.”
“It was nice to see Isaiah doing well today,” Adam Houser said. “This win was great for us today — our depth is incredible. We push each other and most of our speed is underclassmen, so we expect to do well again next year.”
The girls team (4-1, 4-1) also pulled off a minor upset by edging the Bulldogs 89-61. They moved into second place behind the Colonial champion Boiling Springs Bubblers, who beat both teams earlier in the season.
“The girls, especially Alexis Alleman and Gabby Nye, did well,” Sassin said.
The highlight for the Bulldogs boys (1-3, 1-3 Colonial) was Ishmael Kirkwood, who won the mile and two-mile races.
The Greyhounds swept five of the seven field events, allowing only a second in the long jump and a third in the javelin. The best race of the day was the 1600 relay as Adam Houser was able to hold off Tucker Williams in the final 100 yards.
“He was right on my hip on that corner and I knew that I just needed to take off and hope he had nothing left,” Houser said.
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Teddi Powell was a double winner for the Greyhounds girls on the distance side. She the 1600 and 3200, Aubrey Sydnor won the 400 and was part of the 1600 relay. Alleman won the 800 and was part of two relay teams that won.
Cassidy Funk won the shot put and finished second in the discus and javelin, contributing 11 points. Kaelyn Myers also earned 11 points as she took first in the high jump and second in the long and triple jumps for the Greyhounds. Powell added 10 to the total.
Big Spring girls (2-2, 2-2) got 13 points from Megan Emlet, who won the long and triple jumps and took second in the high jump. The Bulldogs also got 11 points from Rachel Schmidt, who won the 200 and finished second in the 100 and 400.