No. 6 ranked Mount Union men's track and field has six qualifiers to the NCAA Division III Championships this Friday and Saturday at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
Ludgood is ranked third in the triple jump (Saturday 11 am) and sixth in the long jump (Friday 4 pm). He finished sixth in the triple jump at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-American honors. Ludgood won Ohio Athletic Conference titles in both events this past year and was the conference's Field Athlete of the Meet at the championships two weeks ago.
Mettille is rated fourth in the heptathlon which is seven events -- 60 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meters. He is also qualified in the 400 meter dash (preliminaries Friday 5:05 pm). Mettille won Ohio Athletic Conference titles in 200 meters and 400 meters and was the conference's Sprinter of the Meet at the championships two weeks ago.
Sophomore Alex Kovalik (Aurora/Aurora) and freshman Andrew Milhoan (East Sparta/Sandy Valley) are also in the heptathlon as Kovalik, who was an All-American in the decathlon at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, is seeded eighth while Milhoan is seeded 12th.
Sophomore Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) is seeded 10th in the shot put (Saturday 11 am) -- an event he was fifth and an All-American at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year.
Freshman Rory Juhn (Fairview Park/Fairview) qualified in the high jump (Saturday 2:15 pm) and is seeded 11th.
The top eight finishers in each event will earn All-American honors.