Men's Track & Field: Two Records Set at Jim Wuske Invitational

Zack Wukotich (Photo by Joe Colon)
Zack Wukotich (Photo by Joe Colon)

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union's men's indoor track and field team had a pair of record setting performances at the Jim Wuske Invitational in Peterson Fieldhouse.

Zack Wukotich (Salem/Salem) bested a 35-year old record in the high jump while Tyler Orewiler (Bucyrus/Colonel) bested his own record for a second straight week in the pole vault.

Wukotich, a junior, won the event and posted the third-best mark of the season in NCAA Division III at 7-feet. The old Mount Union record was 6-feet, 11-inches by Ken Smith in 1981. The Purple Raiders also claimed second and third in the event as senior Rory Juhn (Fairview Park/Fairview) had a career-best and NCAA provisional mark of 6-9 while junior Grant Slack (New Concord/John Glenn) was third at 6-3.5.

Orewiler, an All-American senior, bested his own record in the pole vault as he won the event with nation's best mark so far this season in NCAA Division III at 17-feet, 1.5-inches.

The Raiders took the top two spots in the 500 meters as freshman Clark Etzler (Elida/Elida) won the event at 1:07.35 and senior Chad Gentry (Louisville/Louisville) was right behind him at 1:09.50 while freshmen Colten Trimble (Hookstown, Pa./South Side Beaver) and Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shadyside Academy) won the 1000 meters (2:38.60) and 60 meters (6.89) respectively.

Second place finishes came from junior Matt O'Neill (Woodridge, Va./Pope John Paul) in the 3000 meters (8:48.61), junior Ty Menear (Brunswick/Brunswick) in 800 meters (1:58.01) and freshman Casey Kropka (New London/New London) in the 5000 meters (16:17.63).

Junior Darrell Sullins (Beachwood/Beachwood) was third in 60 meter hurdles (8.69) and freshman Lucas Cooper (Hanoverton/United Local) was third in the shot put (48-11.5) to round out the Raiders top performances.

The Raiders are back on the track next weekend at the All-Ohio Championships at Otterbein University in Westerville.