Hipshire, Chaigneau Win CoSIDA Academic All-District

SEARCY – Harding had the pole vault Dorian Chaigneau and decathlete Matt Hipshire named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-7 District Men’s Track and Field Cross Country Team, announced Thursday.

District 7 is made up of schools from the Great American Conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Chaigneau, originally from France, is a media production major with a 3.31 GPA.

On Thursday afternoon, Chaigneau won his second career national pole vault championship. At the national outdoor event, Chaigneau won by clearing 5.50 meters or 18 feet ½ inches, becoming the only 14th Division II pole vaulter to clear 18 feet or more. Chaigneau was also the 2021 National Indoor Champion. He won the GAC Pole Vault Championship in 2021 and 2022.

Hipshire, a native of Ferris, Texas, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in May 2021 and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Business Management and Ethics.

In 2022, Hipshire broke Harding’s indoor heptathlon record with a score of 4,892 at Wichita State and broke Harding’s outdoor decathlon record with a score of 6,561 at BYU. He was the Great American Conference decathlon champion, scoring 6,436 points.

Hipshire’s award was his third consecutive CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. He was an Academic All-American in 2020.

With this year’s two awards, Harding Athletics has had 18 academic winners from all districts since 2014.

Chaigneau and Hipshire qualify for the CoSIDA Academic All-America vote, which will be released on June 22.

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