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Gay college track star wins conference MVP Award

Austin Shupp leaves Shippensburg Univ. an MVP and school record-holder.

Austin Shupp ended his Shippensburg Univ. track and field career with a conference MVP award.
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Sprinter and jumper Austin Shupp ended his college athletics career on a roll.

The Shippensburg Univ. track and field star, who came out publicly in 2015, earned the overall men’s track & field MVP award for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships this year. Shupp helped secure five top-six finishes in the championship meet: 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles, long jump, 4X100 and 4X400.

“I’m glad I could end my career on a high note,” Shupp told Outsports. “I placed in five events scoring 30 points for the team to win our 10th straight title. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.”

Shupp was named Division II all-region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. He also owns the school indoor record for the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.09 that he recorded in 2017.

Shippensburg Univ. is an NCAA Division II state school in Pennsylvania. Openly gay former Shippensburg Raiders track star L’eQuan Chapman won the PSAC outdoor field conference MVP award in 2016.

You can follow Austin Shupp on Instagram @austinshupp.