March 1, 2014

Men's Track & Field: #5 Mount Union Wins Record 33rd OAC Indoor Track & Field Championship

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 5 ranked Mount Union won its second straight and record 33rd Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field title at the OAC Championships at Peterson Fieldhouse in Alliance.

Mount Union junior Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) repeated as Don Frail Most Outstanding Sprint Athlete while junior Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) was awarded Bud Yoest Outstanding Field Athlete.

Fourth year men's head coach Kevin Lucas and his staff was named OAC Coaching Staff of the Year for a second straight year.

The Purple Raiders amassed 206 points which was 75 points clear of second place Ohio Northern (131).  John Carroll (104), Otterbein (83) and Baldwin Wallace (66) finished out the top five.

Mettille was part of three event victories as he won the 200 meter dash with an OAC and school-record time of 22.20, the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.18 and was part of a 4x200 meter relay team with Chase Swisher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange), Tyler Sparks (Norwalk/Norwalk) and Chad Gentry (Louisville/Louisville) that won with an OAC and school-record time of 1:28.91.

Donnelly swept both the weight throw, with an OAC record mark of 67-9, and the shot put (54-2.75).

Other event wins came from Sparks in the 500 meters with a school record time of 1:05.06, Dan McGeary (Worthington/Thomas Worthington), in the 3,000 meters (8:41.13), Josh Clemence (Akron/Firestone) in the 1,000 meters (2:34.65), Gerardo Vargas (Painesville/Harvey) in the pole vault (15-8.25).

Top three finishes earned all-conference honors.

Swisher had three third place finishes in 200 meters (22.34), 60 meter dash (7.00) and long jump (22-10).

Zach Wukotich (Salem/Salem) placed second in the high jump (6-10.25) while McGeary grabbed a second in the 1 mile run (4:24.87) and Alex Wilson (Macedonia/Nordonia) was second in the 5,000 meters (15:24.87).

The 4x400 meter relay team of Gentry, Sparks, Andrew Schroeder (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley) and Dannie Mack (Massillon/Massillon Washington) finished second (3:22.98).

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