Track & Field: #13 Mount Union Men in First Place After Day One of OAC Championships

Matt Keim (Photo by Joe Colon)
Matt Keim (Photo by Joe Colon)

BEREA, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's track and field team, ranked No. 13 in the nation is in first place after day one of the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Friday at Baldwin Wallace in Berea.

After the five events scored on day one, the Purple Raiders have 62.5 points which is 28.5 points ahead of second place Ohio Northern (34).

The top three finishes in each event earn all-conference honors and Mount Union had all-conference finishes in four of the five events on day one.

Freshman Matt Keim (Bolivar/Tusky Valley) won the pole vault with a season-best mark of 15-feet, 9.25-inches.

The Raiders scored a pair of second place finishes from freshman Sean Sherman (Franklin/Bishop Fenwick) in the shot put 53-feet, 1.5-inches and junior Jalen McGill (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park) with a season-best mark of 23-feet.

Mount Union's other all-conference performance came in a third place finish from senior Matt O'Neill (Woodbridge, Va./Pope John Paul) in the 3000 meters (8:58.62).

Mount Union had a number of qualifiers for finals in Saturday's running events headlined by two performances.

Sophomore Connor Troyer (Sugarcreek/Garaway) broke a 37-year old conference record and took the top qualifying spot in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.52. The old record of 7.55 dates back to 1980 set by Dennis Hearns of then member Ohio Wesleyan.

Freshman AJ Digby (Tontogany/Ostego) claimed the top spot in the 500 meters.

Mount Union is trying to win its fifth straight and record 36th overall conference indoor men's title.