March 14, 2014

Two National Titles For Mount Union at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships; Raiders Finish Fifth as Team

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Mount Union junior Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) claimed the national title with a record setting mark in the weight throw and in the men's 4x400 meter relay at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Donnelly, now an All-American in three events (2 outdoors, 1 indoors), entered the event as the No. 1 seed and posted a mark of 68-8.75 which was an NCAA Championship meet record, bested his own school record and was the second longest mark in NCAA Division III history.

Donnelly also competed in the shot put but fouled on all three of his throws to not mark in the event.

The 4x400 meter relay team of juniors Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) and Chase Swisher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) with sophomores Chad Gentry (Louisville/Louisville) and Tyler Sparks (Norwalk/Norwalk) set a new school record with a time of 3:13.48.   

It was the 37th and 38th national event title in Mount Union history.

Two other Raiders earned All-American honors in sophomore Andrew Milhoan (East Sparta/Sandy Valley) and freshman Zach Wukotich (Salem/Salem).

Milhoan finished seventh in the seven-event heptathlon with 4,986 points.  He placed fourth in the 60 meter dash (7.08), fifth in the long jump (21-0), sixth in the high jump (6-1.5), 11th in the shot put (37-9.5), second in the 60 meter hurdles (8.35), ninth in pole vault (13-1.5) and 12th in the 1000 meters (2:58.40). 

Wukotich placed fifth in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.25.

One other Raiders competed as junior Gerardo Vargas (Painesville/Harvey) finished 13th in the pole vault (15-1) 

Mount Union, ranked No. 6 in the nation as a team, finished fifth overall with 25.5 points as Wisconsin-LaCrosse won the team title with 63.5 points.

It is the Raiders highest finish since placing fourth as a team in 1999.


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