Tyler Mettille Breaks 41 Year Old School Record and Wins 400 Meter Hurdle National Title at NCAA Championships

Tyler Mettille (Photo by Mark Dannenhauer)
Tyler Mettille (Photo by Mark Dannenhauer)

LaCROSSE, Wis. -- Mount Union sophomore Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) broke a 41-year old school record and won a national title in the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Mettille ran a time of 51.24 which bested the mark of 51.84 set by Aaron Ankeny in 1972.

It is Mount Union's 36th men's national title and the first since current assistant coach Ty Griffin won the 1500 meter national title in 2009.

Mettille also earned All-American honors with fellow sophomore Chase Swisher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) and freshmen Tyler Sparks (Norwalk/Norwalk) and Chad Gentry (Louisville/Louisville) as part of the 4x400 meter relay that finished sixth and set a school-record (3:12.02). 

Freshman Paul Mendy (Gaillon, France) and Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) each participated in the triple jump and finished 13th and 19th respectively.

The Purple Raiders tallied 17 points to finish 12th as a team.