#6 Mount Union Has Some Unfinished Business at OAC Championships This Weekend

Tyler Mettille (Photo by Ryan Baker)
Tyler Mettille (Photo by Ryan Baker)

Mount Union has some unfinished business at this weekend's Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Ohio Northern University in Ada. 

A year ago, the Purple Raiders lost the title by nine points to an Ohio Northern squad that had won its fifth straight title.  

Mount Union enters this year's meet ranked No. 6 in the nation and coming off winning the All-Ohio Championships earlier this month.  The Raiders have won an OAC-record 31 conference indoor track and field titles with the last one coming in 2007.

The Raiders also enter the week with a number of athletes ranked near the top of the conference in their respective events.

Sophomore Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) is ranked first in the OAC in both the 200 meters (22.52) and 400 meters (49.53) while second in the 500 meters (1:06.88).

Mettille is also part of the top seeded 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.  He is on the 4x200 team with juniors Alex Kovalik (Aurora/Aurora) and Chase Swisher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) along with senior Ryan Kohler (Minerva/Minerva).  Mettille, Swisher, Kohler and freshman Chad Gentry (Louisville/Louisville) make up the 4x400 relay.

Junior Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) tops the conference in the triple jump (49-6.25) and second in the long jump (23-9).

By virtue of Baldwin Wallace not participating in this year's event, junior Dustin Matak (Salem/Salem) is in the top spot in the 60 meter dash (6.90) while sophomore Sean Donnelly(Willoughby/Willoughby South) is first in the weight throw (58-9.5).  Donnelly is also the top seed in the shot put (55-3). 

Freshman Andrew Milhoan (East Sparta/Sandy Valley) is second in the OAC in the 60 meter hurdles (8.31).

The top three performers in every event are all-conference.

The event begins Friday, Feb. 22 at noon and continues through Saturday Feb. 23.