January 31, 2023

SHIPPENSBURG, Pennsylvania— The Shippensburg University indoor track and field team heads into the 2022-23 season with a new look, and the Raiders can show off their skills for the first time this season at this weekend’s Bison Opener hosted by Bucknell University.

Shippensburg finished fifth in last year’s conference championships and has also graduated numerous integral veterans from that roster, including such as Kate Matrisciano, Madisen Kling, Adriana Baxter, Jenna Lytle and Carson Pennings.

While each season begins something new, the 2022-23 campaign will be even more for the Raiders – bringing in a whopping 23 newcomers, including freshmen and transfers.

“We took our best class ever in my 18 years as head coach and this group should have an immediate impact,” said head coach David Osanich said of his incoming class.

The newcomers will be accompanied by several talented returnees such as Lea Grauschnabel, Kayla Dalhouse, Caroline Mastria and Like Black. It’s a group that’s particularly motivated to start the season strong.

“The team dynamic this year is electric,” said Osanitsch. “We have a great core of upper class guys who have done an incredible job guiding the new squad members. The new members are keen to prove they belong and understand that we MUST count on them to give us a chance this year.”

Following this weekend’s Bison Opener, the Raiders will take a seven-week break from competition. SU will train and practice during the semester break before returning the week of Jan. 16, signaling the start of five straight weeks of intense competition leading up to the 2022 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Indoor Championships.

“I can’t wait this weekend to see what this group is capable of,” Osanitsch said. “I think we have a squad that should be competitive again in PSAC.”

Another notable change this year is a new location for the 2022 indoor conference championships – Gerhard Fieldhouse of Bucknell University. Of the seven indoor weekends for Shippensburg, five of those weekends are at Bucknell.

“In addition, this was a very structured and productive fall for both teams,” said Osanitsch. “They have the right attitude. They get the vibe from the team that they’re ready to go out there and prove again that we’re going to be a team on the hunt.”

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