Chayce Macknair named to 2021-22 PSAC Fall Top 10
Macknair is first SU men’s cross country honoree for the award since 2011
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Shippensburg University junior Chayce Macknair (Lewistown, Pa./Mifflin County) was announced Friday afternoon as a recipient of a 2021-22 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Fall Top 10 Award.
Macknair is a junior who is majoring in history and seeking social studies teaching certification. He currently maintains a 4.0 grade-point average.
Macknair was named the PSAC’s Most Outstanding Runner for men’s cross country in 2021 after winning the PSAC Championship with an 8K time of 25:47. He is the first Raider in 41 years to win a PSAC individual cross country championship and just the second overall.
In addition to his All-PSAC accolades, Macknair was a 2021 NCAA Championships qualifier after earning U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honors by virtue of his ninth-place finish at the Atlantic Region Championships.
Overall this season, Macknair was the team’s No. 1 or No. 2 runner in all four of his races after missing the first two meets due to injury rehabilitation. He has earned All-PSAC classifications at each of his three conference meets thus far in his career.
To be a candidate for the PSAC Top 10 Awards, a student-athlete must achieve a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher and be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. A total of five men and five women are selected as award winners after each of the three competitive seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring).
Macknair is one of just five fall award winners selected from a talented group of men’s nominees spanning several sports. He was honored alongside East Stroudsburg’s Rece Bender (football), Shepherd’s Ricky Robinson (football), Lock Haven’s Beckham Sibiski (soccer) and Mercyhurst’s Sidney Warden (soccer). The combined GPA of the men’s PSAC Fall Top 10 award winners is 3.90.
With awards handed out Friday to Macknair and field hockey’s Jenna Sluymer, Shippensburg has now totaled 74 all-time PSAC Top 10 awards, which remains the most among conference schools. Slippery Rock has totaled 71 PSAC Top 10 awards.
Macknair and Sluymer are the 44th and 45th unique Raiders to receive a PSAC Top 10 award. Macknair is the first SU athlete to win a PSAC Top 10 award for cross country since Stephen Schelander in Fall 2011.