Mount Union's Sean Denard and Sam Ludgood to Compete at NCAA Track & Field Championships

GRINNELL, Iowa -- Mount Union senior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) and sophomore Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) will compete at the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Denard will compete in the shot put on noon on Saturday and is ranked 10th in the nation with a mark of 54-5 that he earned in winning the Ohio Athletic Conference title two weeks ago.  It is the second-straight year he has competed at the national indoor meet in the shot put.  In 2010, Denard earned All-American honors in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Ludgood will compete in the triple jump Saturday at 10 am and he is 11th in the nation with a mark of 48-3.5 that he did in last week's NCAA Last Chance Meet at Mount Union.  He is the OAC champion in the event and is making his first national meet appearance.

A top-eight finish in the event earns All-American honors.